ARLINGTON, VA. — Nominations are now open for the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) 2024 Friend of Pet Food Award, which seeks to recognize pet food industry professionals who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of the industry.

Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 28. The winner will be announced during the AFIA Pet Food Conference, held Jan. 30, 2024, in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

“The AFIA Friend of Pet Food Award celebrates the unwavering dedication and pioneering spirit of those who contribute to the advancement of pet food research and innovation,” said Louise Calderwood, director of regulatory affairs at the AFIA. “It recognizes the tireless efforts of those committed to ensuring the well-being and happiness of our furry friends through cutting-edge nutritional discoveries. Their passion and commitment shape the future of pet nutrition, strengthening the bond between humans and their beloved animal companions.”

AFIA is seeking candidates who are active or currently employed in the pet food industry or an associated sector, including product development, regulatory, academia, transportation, media or promotion.

The 2023 Friend of Pet Food Award was bestowed upon Steve Thomas, former vice president of Darling Ingredients.

Find more information about the Friend of Pet Food Award and learn how to nominate pet food industry professionals on AFIA’s website here.

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