Nuremberg, Germany — 8 June 2022 — For the first time in almost three years, Petfood Forum Europe was hosted in Nuremberg, Germany, on 23 May 2022. The one-day conference, co-located with Interzoo 2022, was the most well-attended edition of Petfood Forum Europe ever, attracting pet food professionals from 30 countries including Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and others.

Petfood Forum Europe provided an opportunity for industry peers from around the world to network, exchange ideas and conduct business as the conference returned as an in-person event this year.

“After almost three years of limited travel and in-person business opportunities, this year’s conference provided the ability for the European and global pet food industry to collaborate on new ideas, conduct important business deals and build relationships,” said Steve Akins, executive vice president, global petfood and events with WATT Global Media. “The strategies and expertise shared among speakers and participants will spark innovation, research and development that will greatly impact the industry in the future.”

Speakers provided the latest research on insect protein, omega-3 fatty acids and potato fiber; a new look at in-home testing protocols; safety challenges of novel pet food ingredients; and the sustainability benefits of using a circular model for wet pet food processing and mix packs or multi packs for packaging.

Petfood Forum Europe was made possible thanks to event sponsors: Aker Biomarine, AM Nutrition, Avebe, Barentz, Bell, Biorigin, Darling, Extru-Tech Inc., GEA, Jorgensen Engineering, Kerry, Middleby Food Processing, Prinova, Protix, Reading Bakery Systems, Schenck Process and Wenger.

Petfood Forum Europe was co-located with Interzoo, which took place 24-27 May. Interzoo is the world’s biggest marketing platform for the international pet industry. Interzoo 2022 attracted 28,000 trade visitors from 129 countries, and 1,329 exhibitors from 59 countries.

“We are very happy and grateful that we were able to offer the international pet industry an extraordinarily successful platform with Interzoo despite the difficult framework conditions,” comments Gordon Bonnet, managing director of WZF and the German Pet Trade and Industry Association ZZF as the honorary sponsor.

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Information about WZF

WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH) organizes Interzoo in Nuremberg with the German Pet Trade and Industry Association ZZF (Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe Deutschlands e.V) as the founder and honorary sponsor. It is the owner and organizer of the world’s largest international trade fair for the pet industry. With more than 1,900 exhibitors and about 39,000 trade visitors from over 125 countries, Interzoo is the undisputed world’s leading trade fair for pet supplies. WZF has appointed NürnbergMesse with the organization of Interzoo on its behalf.

WZF is a 100% subsidiary of ZZF. With its business fields trade fairs and events, media work and public relations, education and the issuing agency for identification markings for protected species, WZF makes an important contribution to the economic and communicative development of the pet industry.

Information about Petfood Forum Europe

Petfood Forum is organized and hosted by Petfood Industry magazine. Both are owned by WATT Global Media. WATT Global Media has grown agrifood and pet food businesses with proven results for over 100 years. WATT’s brands and product portfolio provide access to market expertise, engaged audiences and targeted solutions that lead to successful connections in the poultry, feed and pet food markets. With WATT Global Media, gain a global advantage in implementing dynamic marketing solutions through innovative technology and delivery channels.

Lynzee Branstetter, Forum Marketing Coordinator
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