Rockford, IL – November 18, 2015 – Representatives from Petfood Industry magazine have announced Victoria Stilwell, television star of It’s Me or the Dog on Animal Planet and judge on CBS’s Greatest American Dog, will make a Petfood Forum premiere as opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, officially leading off the 24th edition of the conference. Petfood Forum 2016 is to be held April 18-20, 2016, in the heart of the animal health corridor, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Stilwell_VThe internationally known dog trainer, also CEO of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers, will provide a multimedia experience and behind-the-scenes look at her travels and work with some of the world’s most unruly and dangerous dogs. Stilwell reaches audiences in over 100 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods, and promises to enlighten and entertain.

Also announced is the debut of a new conveniently-located Pet Food Processing & Safety Learning Center with speaker sessions right in the Exhibit Hall. It is expected there will be almost 3,000 pet food professionals to the 2016 conference and exhibition in total, and over 300 exhibiting companies. Exhibit Hall booth floor space square footage is 11% expanded compared to 2015, and is currently 90% sold with sell-out status predicted.

“The Petfood Forum team produced a successful show in 2015, and then took steps to incorporate the feedback we received from it so that we could make the 2016 event bigger and better, which is always a challenge,” said Debbie Phillips Donaldson, Editor-in-Chief of Petfood Industry. “Every aspect of the previous show was analyzed to see how it could be improved. From the new concept for the Pet Food Processing & Safety Learning Center located on the show floor, to the lineup of notable speakers being selected, we are hoping to provide the right combination of networking, educational and entertaining settings that are enriching and valuable for everyone that participates.”

Petfood Forum and Petfood Innovation Workshop provide show visitors with opportunities to network with industry peers, learn from leading pet food experts, consultants and technical experts, visit with suppliers, and of course transact business with one another. This occurs among the pet food industry’s largest collection of companies that supply brand and private-label manufacturers with ingredient, additive and formulation solutions, processing and packaging equipment, flexible packaging solutions, co-packing solutions and services, and consulting and additional services, all in one location.

About Petfood Forum & Petfood Industry
Petfood Forum is organized and hosted by Petfood Industry magazine ( 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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