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AFB is traveling all over the globe in 2024!
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AFB is traveling all over the globe in 2024!

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in six different tradeshows and expos across the globe this year! These events are crucial for us as they enable us to connect with our customers, vendors, and other important industry contacts. Moreover, these customer-facing pet food industry events help us to showcase our latest research, global resources, and palatability products and solutions. We would love to meet you at one of these events!
  Petfood Forum April 29 – May 1 in Kansas City, Missouri USA In just 13 days, the AFB Team is traveling to Kansas City! Make sure to stop by our booth 1300, to learn how our experts, services, and products can meet your specific needs with our consultative approach. While you are at the show, stop by the poster presentations in the Future of Pet Food Pavilion, and check out AFB's poster entitled 'Kibble Size and Its Impact on Feline Palatability' by Greg Hibbard, Senior Scientist, AFB Product Development. Greg will be there to talk about the palatability study findings – it might surprise you. Be on the lookout for the future whitepaper on Palatants+.
  Interzoo May 7 – 10 in Nuremberg, Germany The next stop will be in Nuremberg for Interzoo, which is the world's leading tradeshow for the international pet industry! Every two years, Interzoo attracts thousands from all around the world, to see a diverse range of products for pets. And we will be there in Hall 6, booth 321. Stop by to meet our Global Sales, Marketing, and R&D Teams. A special presentation will be given at our booth – an Eat & Learn experience to connect the sensory relationships we have with certain flavors, and how they relate to our pet's enjoyment of their foods, supplements, and treats. Check out the details here.
  Fenagra June 5 – 6 in São Paulo, Brazil Then the AFB Team is off to São Paulo for one of the largest events for the Latin American pet food market – Fenagra! The event has moved from Campinas to a much larger facility for 2024. Our commercial team wants to meet with you to learn about your unique pet food needs and how palatants play a part in your products. Visit us at Booth E30, or set-up a meeting by emailing [email protected].
  Foro Mascotas June 26 – 28 in Guadalajara, Mexico The global tour continues to Mexico at the Expo Guadalajara for Foro Mascotas. Our booth G2 will be staffed with AFB's Global Marketing and Sales, so stop by to discuss your pet food product needs. 'We have been participating at Foro Mascotas for 10 years. It's a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with our customers to learn about their needs and reach out to potential customers to expand our presence in México. Over the years, Foro Mascotas has grown to 80 booths and 1,350 attendees from 15 countries.' – Ana Mendes and Jeanette Cano, AFB Mexico.
  CIPAL (Congress of the Pet Food Industry in Latin America) September 25 – 26 in Puerto Madero, Argentina Staying in Latin America, we meet again for CIPAL! This show is held every other year and is a great place for learn about new trends and technologies from the pet food industry in Latin America. Look for us at booth G1 to learn how AFB uses scientific approaches and advanced technologies to help customers maximize pet food performance.
  Pet Fair South East Asia October 30 – November 1 in Bangkok, Thailand Now we travel to the other side of the globe to exhibit for the first time at Pet Fair South East Asia! We are very excited to be a part of this event, as we have expanded our global reach into this region. Our first production facility and regional headquarters in the Asia Pacific region will be in Samut Prakan, Thailand. We are targeting to start commercial production in summer 2024. Remember to find AFB at the show to find out more information on how our new Thailand facility can help you improve the palatability of your pet food products. Or don't wait until October – contact Bas Melssen at [email protected] today.
Source: AFB

Interzoo 2024: History in the making
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Interzoo 2024: History in the making

What does Interzoo represent for the global pet care market? Interzoo is the world´s leading trade fair for pet supplies. It serves as compass and lighthouse for the worldwide pet care sector. As a meeting place and source of inspiration for the pet industry, Interzoo is showcasing and addressing the developments and trends of tomorrow. The high internationality among both, visitors and exhibitors, facilitates companies to build and develop their international supply chains and global networks. This way, Interzoo serves as the flagship event for the international pet supplies industry.
  How has Interzoo developed from the first edition until today? Interzoo's success story began in 1950 at the annual association meeting of the Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe Deutschlands e.V. (ZZF, German Pet Trade and Industry Association). Until 1959, the so-called "Zoo Fair" was a purely national event, but it was so well received that the exhibition opened-up for companies from abroad by 1959. In the following years, the trade fair expanded more and more – starting from 15 exhibitors and 100 trade visitors in 1953 to more than two hundred exhibitors in the 1970s. In 1968 the trade fair was finally named 'Interzoo'. In response to the immensely increased demand for exhibition space, Interzoo moved to Nuremberg in 1988 and is organized in partnership with NürnbergMesse. Since then, exhibitor and visitor numbers reached new dimensions, culminating in an exhibitor record of more than 2,100 exhibitors for Interzoo 2024.
  What are the most striking facts and figures in terms of exhibitors, countries represented and expected visitors? - Over 2,100 companies from 69 countries will showcase their products and solutions in 14 exhibition halls that cover a display area of more than 140,000 square metres. The strong international presence at Interzoo with about 86% of the exhibitors being from abroad, ensures an unrivalled overview of the global market. A very notable increase in registrations for stand space can be registered from countries such as Italy (+31%), Poland (+27%) and Turkey (+26%). Among the exhibiting countries with the largest exhibition size are Germany, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and the USA. On the visitor side, we are aiming for 40,000 trade visitors – this would be another record. Petfood continues to be a strong product segment at Interzoo. The segment of petfood technology in particular sees a steady increase to now about 200 exhibitors. Compared to Interzoo 2022 this means the number of petfood technology exhibitors has increased by 46 percent and compared to 2018 the number has even doubled!   What are the most important events of the supporting programme for petfood professionals? - This year´s Interzoo supporting programme offers a rich portfolio of sessions, special shows and demonstrations. Starting with Petfood Forum Europe on Monday, 6 May 2024, we will kick-off a week covering key topics of the global pet supplies industry. Petfood Forum Europe one day prior to Interzoo provides an additional forum for the important topic of pet food ingredients, packaging and processing technologies. It is therefore the perfect prelude to an exceptional Interzoo 2024 where the petfood segment again plays a crucial role. During 7-10 May, we will organize six Interzoo Academy Sessions: The Interzoo Sustainability Session with results from the new Interzoo Sustainability Study, one session on social media marketing within the pet industry and four sessions on different geographic markets: Europe, Brazil, South-East Asia and the USA. On top of that, the Fresh Ideas Area in Hall 3 will be a further highlight of the trade fair. Here, start-ups and innovative companies present their business ideas int the segments petfood, accessories, technology and sustainability. More product highlights can be seen in the Product Showcase, located at Entrance Mitte, offering an initial overview on the diverse product world for pets. And finally, the Interzoo Party on Thursday, 9 May, will be a prime opportunity for networking within a unique Bavarian atmosphere.   What will be the most important innovations and trends in the pet supply industry? - We see several trends within the pet industry such as sustainability or new pet-tech to improve the health of pets. We worked together with the exhibitors to reflect those trends in the programme of the Fresh Ideas Stage. For sure, the Fresh Ideas Contest on Friday, 10 May, will show some of these ideas.   Since the previous success of special formats such as the Product Showcase and the innovative idea presentation platform, the Fresh Ideas Stage, what will be new this year?
- Interzoo 2024 builds on those successful formats and expands them. This year, hall 3 will be the centre of the start-up activities: More than 70 start-ups will showcase their innovative solutions for the pet industry on an area of more than 700 square metres. Also, we have enlarged the Fresh Ideas Area and added a networking area, making it a centrepiece and a highlight of Interzoo 2024. In addition to the more than 30 speaker slots on the stage, the networking lounge will be home to Meet & Greet formats, for instance with petfluencers. The Interzoo App has new, additional functions. It is thus an indispensable tool before, during and after the trade fair and offers a ticket wallet, a trade fair planner, in-depth hall plans and a networking feature.
Source: Interzoo. 

Symrise Pet Food's palatant plant located in Chapecó – SC obtained the FSSC 22000 Certification
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Symrise Pet Food's palatant plant located in Chapecó – SC obtained the FSSC 22000 Certification

We are pleased to announce that our newest and largest production facility for liquid and powder palatants located in Chapecó-SC, Brazil, has achieved FSSC 22000 certification. This certification is a testament to our commitment to quality, food safety and excellence in pet food production. FSSC 22000 certification is an international recognition granted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that validates the implementation of a robust and effective Food Safety Management System (FSMS). This standard is based on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and complies with the highest international standards.

    Why is this certification important? For Symrise Pet Food and the pet food industry, achieving FSSC 22000 certification represents a critical step in the commitment to excellence: Customer Trust: Demonstrates to our customers our unwavering commitment to product safety and quality, giving them peace of mind that they are receiving reliable ingredients. Continuous improvement: we implement a management system that allows us to identify and control potential risks, ensuring the safety of our products at every stage of production. Strengthening the supply chain: we reinforce the trust and reputation of our company within the supply chain of the pet food industry. Compliance with international standards: allows us to comply with the most demanding legal and regulatory requirements globally. Pet Food It is proud of this achievement and continues to work to maintain its position as a strategic partner of pet food manufacturers. FSSC 22000 certification is a clear testament to our commitment to food safety and customer satisfaction. Symrise Pet Food is a global leader in high-value, sustainable solutions that improve pet well-being and guardian satisfaction. The company offers multiple products and services that improve palatability, pet nutrition, and pet food protection. Symrise Pet Food is present on 5 continents with 1,750 employees, 32 sites and 4 expert measurement centers with 1,100 dogs and cats.

Source: Symrise AG. 

Industry round-up: latest efforts by pet food players to fuel production capabilities
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Industry round-up: latest efforts by pet food players to fuel production capabilities

Petsource Petsource, a Scoular subsidiary that manufactures pet food, has invested $75 million (€69M) in tripling its production capabilities. Scoular partners with pet food manufacturers to aid the industry's strategy growth, and this investment aims to help its growing customer base and provide space for new customers seeking production. The invested amount has added 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space for freeze-fried pet food ingredients and created 75 new jobs. Petsource President Amy Patterson comments, 'Strong demand, growth in our customers' businesses, and our desire to continue to provide them high quality, innovative solutions drove the project.' 
  Purina's expansion in North Carolina and Iowa As part of a $450 million (€413M) project—one of its largest investments yet—Purina expanded its footprint in North Carolina by opening its new factory in Eden on March 26. The new facility will serve consumer demand in the eastern and southeastern United States. It was built by repurposing 80% of a former brewery to create a 'world-class pet food facility.' The company's production process will also see an overall boost with the installation of the first-ever vertical dryer installed in a Purina U.S. facility, automated warehousing systems and a one-of-a-kind Manufacturing Experience Center designed to introduce modern manufacturing. A company spokesperson tells GlobalPETS, 'Our growth strategy includes expanding and enhancing operations at our existing facilities, and we're actively pursuing a project to increase capacity at our factory in Fort Dodge.' This 80,000-square-foot facility in Fort Dodge, Iowa, was given the green light after Purina received approval from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board.  Through a $175 million (€161.3M) capital investment, Purina will add a new product line and create 50 jobs through this 'capacity-building project.' The IEDA Board has also approved Purina tax benefits through the High-Quality Jobs (HQJ) program.
  Purina in Hungary Nestlé Hungária is pumping HUF 55 billion ($151M/€139.7M) into its 2020-established Purina facility in Bük, striving for its total annual capacity to reach 500,000 tons by 2025.  The latest investment will add a new unit and create 130 jobs. By utilizing local raw materials, it will enhance regional competitiveness and market security for domestic farmers. 'The Hungarian Government is contributing to this investment by providing the infrastructure necessary for operation by modernizing and developing the road and water network, which will also benefit the inhabitants of the region,' comments Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 
  General Mills  The American multinational will construct a 729,120-square-foot facility for its Blue Buffalo pet food division in Kansas at Olathe's I-35 Logistics Park to facilitate storage and distribution capabilities.  General Mills confirms to GlobalPETS that it expects to commence the construction of the 57-acre site by next month. The Johnson County project is also expected to create 81 new jobs.  To supplement growth, the site developer, Scannell Properties, is requesting the city to issue $71 million (€65.4M) in industrial revenue bonds and a 10-year, 50% property tax abatement.
  Kemin Nutrisurance Brazil-based global ingredient manufacturer Kemin Industries has opened a new spray-drying facility in its Vargeão, Santa Catarina, headquarters. Along with a new Innovation Centre, which is set up to provide customer production and supply solutions, Kemin has become the largest pet food manufacturing plant in Latin America by volume capacity for producing dry and liquid palatants.  The two-fold expansion is expected to support the company's South America, Asia and Europe markets.

Source: GlobalPETS

Flagship event for the pet supplies industry: world-leading fair Interzoo 2024 sold out
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Flagship event for the pet supplies industry: world-leading fair Interzoo 2024 sold out

More than two and a half months before it starts on 7 May 2024, the leading international trade fair for the pet supplies industry is sold out – despite having a much larger exhibition space with an additional two halls compared to Interzoo 2022. As the largest and most important meeting place for the international pet supplies industry, Interzoo 2024 (7 –10 May) will once again be the world's most-used platform for new products and trends in the sector. As the industry's leading trade fair, Interzoo offers the most comprehensive product overview of all relevant segments in an expanding pet industry. At the beginning of February 2024, Interzoo organizer WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH) announced a new record, with the number of exhibitors exceeding the 2,000 mark. Due to the consistently high demand, the remaining exhibition space has now also been allocated. Well over 2,000 companies from about 70 countries will showcase their products and solutions in 14 exhibition halls that cover an overall exhibition space of more than 140,000 square metres. 'The sold-out Interzoo halls that break records with regard to exhibitor numbers, exhibition space and internationality show the huge pulling power of Interzoo for the gradually growing international pet supplies industry,' says Gordon Bonnet, Managing Director of WZF and ZZF (German Pet Trade & Industry Association, the institutional sponsor of Interzoo). 'For trade visitors, there is no better opportunity on the globe to experience first-hand the incredible array of new products and exciting companies, to build networks, and to gain inspiration!'
  Unique market overview The strong international presence at the world-leading fair, which has an overseas exhibitor contingent of around 86%, ensures an unrivalled overview of the global market. After Germany, the countries with the largest numbers of exhibitors are China, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the USA, Belgium and the UK. There will be a total of 15 national pavilions, from Brazil (two pavilions including one devoted to aquariums), Canada, China (two pavilions), the Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. WZF has noted an increase in registrations for stand space from some European countries, e.g. from Italy (+31%), Poland (+27%) and Turkey (+26%). There has also been stronger demand from outside Europe, e.g. from the USA (+60%), India (+34%) and South Korea, which has almost doubled its display area. China, which only sent 29 exhibitors in 2022 due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, accounts for the largest growth in display area with a fifteenfold increase. 'The stronger demand across all continents shows how important Interzoo is as a showcase for innovation and a gathering place for industry decision-makers from all around the world,' says Dr Rowena Arzt, Director Exhibitions at Interzoo organizer WZF.
  Product segments at Interzoo 2024 As in the past, products for dogs and cats account for the majority of the exhibits, with 81.2 percent of all exhibitors representing this segment. The next largest product categories are small animals and rodents (14.1%), aquariums and terrariums (13.3%), ornamental birds (11.6%) and pet food technology (8.4%)1.   Many international visitors expected In view of these record-breaking figures, Dr Rowena Arzt assumes there will be a lot of international visitors: 'The importance of Interzoo as a leading international fair and compass for a diversifying sector makes it the most popular setting for cultivating international contacts, dialogue and business.' Starting with the Petfood Forum Europe on Monday 6 May 2024, the week's activities at Interzoo will map the entire supply chain and creative power of the pet supplies industry through market insights, innovative special shows, and coverage of topical issues like sustainability.   Additional information can be found in the Interzoo App and online on the Interzoo Website Also, you can see the supporting programme HERE   1 Data based on product category allocation of exhibitors in registration process. Source: Interzoo