KANSAS CITY, MO. — As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States grows and amid global public health safety concerns, several major industry events have been postponed to later in the year or canceled altogether.
Pet Food Processing is tracking the status of future pet food and treat-related events in the US and abroad. A list below is provided and will be updated as needed.
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Pet Food Alliance, which had previously scheduled its Spring Meeting in Kansas City for April 29-30, has postponed the meeting to fall 2020 and moved it to an all-virtual event.
The World Pet Association (WPA) on June 4 announced SuperZoo 2020 has been canceled and rescheduled for Aug. 17-19, 202 1, after weighing public health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has opted to postpone its 2020 Feed Industry Institute (FII) and move the event to a virtual format. New dates have not yet been released but "will be available shortly," said the organization in a statement.
"Please note that we did not make this decision lightly, but felt it was the right thing to do to protect the health and safety of our attendees and staff," AFIA said.
Additionally, AFIA's Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC) has been moved to a virtual format and will be held July 20-24.
The Baker Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA) canceled its 2020 annual convention citing coronavirus concerns. The organization plans to offer virtual programs in lieu of an in-person event.
Sosland Publishing Company has opted to cancel its 2020 Purchasing Seminar out of an abundance of caution. The 2021 Purchasing Seminar is set for June 6-8 at the Sheraton at Crown Center in Kansas City.
Petfood Forum in Kansas City has been postponed to Aug. 19-21.
The organizers of Interzoo have rescheduled the event to June 1-4, 2021 in Nuremburg, Germany.
“In the aftermath of a crisis such as the one we are currently facing, it is our obligation as association and trade fair organizer to support the industry in recovering economically," said Dr. Rowena Arzt, director or exhibitions at WZF GmbH. "Our exhibitors state that a biennial rhythm for an event with the magnitude of Interzoo is simply ideal and should therefore be maintained."
Read the full updated statement from Interzoo.
Kinship sent out an e-mail update regarding new dates for its Coalition summit.
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