The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is now accepting nominations for its annual Friend of Pet Food Award, it announced in a press release dated July 12. The award, which was launched in 2018, will be handed at the upcoming AFIA Pet Food Conference on January 24, 2023.
The award recognises individuals who have made “significant contributions” to support the growth of the petfood industry.
“With every passing year we learn more and more on how we can deliver safe, innovative products to keep our pets fed sustainably into the future,” says Louise Calderwood, director of regulatory affairs at AFIA. “Developments in pet health and nutrition wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of talented individuals and their research.”
AFIA explained that the ideal nominee will be currently employed and actively working in the petfood industry or associated area such as new product development, transportation, regulatory, academia, media or promotion.
The award winner will be invited to attend the 2023 AFIA Pet Food Conference which is being held in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 24-26, 2023. They will be publicly recognised with a plaque.
During the IPPE conference held in January of this year, the award was given to Dr George Fahey from the University of Illinois and Dr Dennis Jewell, formerly of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, to recognise the “tremendous advances” to pet health they have made over the years.
“The AFIA Friend of Pet Food Award is a great opportunity to nominate someone who is going the extra mile for the betterment of pet nutrition and the industry,” Louise Calderwood concludes.
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