Rockford, IL – October 27, 2016 – Representatives from Petfood Industry have announced that Randi Zuckerberg and Temple Grandin, PhD, have been selected as Petfood Forum keynote speakers.

The 2017 event marks the 25th anniversary of the unique exhibition and conference for the pet food industry, to be held on April 3-5, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Randi Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, will open the show on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. During Zuckerberg’s opening address, she will share expert business insights, tips and best practices for utilizing social media, as well as other platforms, in order to maximize reach to today’s consumers.

Zuckerberg is well-versed in the realm of social media, as she created and managed the marketing programs for the social media giant, Facebook, from 2005-2011. In addition to Zuckerberg’s experience with Facebook and being the founder of her own media company, Randi has also authored two books, including Dot Complicated, a New York Times bestseller about how to deal with ways that technology has both enhanced and complicated everyday life.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Temple Grandin, PhD, another member of the New York Times bestseller list for her book, Animals in Translation, will take the stage to share her expertise on animal behavior. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, as well as a designer of livestock handling facilities. In addition to the curved chute and race systems Grandin has designed for cattle that are used worldwide, she has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants that is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare.

Details on the educational sessions that will follow each keynote presentation are expected to be released soon. Topics will cover the latest research and innovations in pet nutrition and pet food ingredients, safety and processing, market data and trends, packaging and more.

Early Bird registration is available now and provides attendees with the opportunity to save up to $300. For further details and the most up-to-date information on Petfood Forum 2017, please visit

About Petfood Forum & Petfood Industry
Petfood Forum is organized and hosted by Petfood Industry ( Both are owned by WATT Global Media, a content company founded in 1917 that provides exceptional business content and solutions to the agribusiness industry. As an industry innovator, WATT Global Media has connected buyers and sellers in the poultry, pig, animal feed and pet food industries through its media channels for more than 95 years (

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