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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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.
Pet Food Alliance, which had previously scheduled its Spring Meeting in Kansas City for April 29-30, has moved the meeting to Aug. 17-18.
The organizers of Interzoo have opted to push the event, initially scheduled for May 2020, into 2021.
“Interzoo attracts leading companies of the pet supplies industry from around the world," said Norbert Holthenrich, president of the German Pet Trade and Industry Association, ZZF, an honorary sponsor of Interzoo. "Against the background of the current situation involving health hazards, traveling restrictions and constraints of movement, large-scale economic damage and other adverse factors, we consider it impossible to still offer a trade show in 2020 which lives up to the expectation the industry at large associates with a global premier event such as the Interzoo. As we are speaking, the majority of companies are finding themselves in crisis mode and certainly not geared to plan and prepare the presentation of their products and services at a trade fair."
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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