Food And Treat Festival for Pets

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Join us for the Pet Age Food And Treat Festival for Pets!

This inaugural event is for anyone supplying or buying food and treats for Pets. The event will feature two morning keynote speakers and breakout sessions followed by a food and treat trade show for pets.

This event is free for Pet Industry Professionals. Keynote speeches and breakout sessions require pre-registration.

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Event Details

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Where: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center,
97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08837



The morning sessions are for pet industry professionals only and are free to attend – pre-registration is required.

Trade Show open to the public. A $10 walk-in fee to attend the trade show will be charged to all non-pet industry professionals.

8:00am – 8:40am

Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:40am – 8:45am

Welcome Remarks
Allen Basis, Executive Publisher, Pet Age & Pet Age 2.0

8:45am –9:30am

Food Safety is a Serious Business – Are You Ready?
Cathleen Enright, PhD, President and CEO of Pet Food Institute

9:30am – 10:15am

Private Label to Help Brands Compete in the Digital Era
Todd Maute, Partner at CBX, a brand and design agency

10:15am – 10:45am

Networking Break

10:45am – 11:30am

Why Feed Raw? The Longevity Difference
Dr. Gerard Buchoff, Longevity – Dr. B’s Raw Pet Food

11:30am – 12:15pm

Myths of the Dog Food Industry and Pet Food Formulations
Robert Downey, CEO and President of Annamaet Petfoods

12:30pm – 6:00pm

Trade Show Open

Keynote Speakers

Cathleen Enright, PhD, President and CEO of the Pet Food Institute

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Food Safety is Serious Business – Are You Ready?

Pet food and treats are among the most highly regulated food products in the United States at both the federal and state levels, from safety requirements to label claims. What do pet food and treat makers need to know about their obligations?

Cathleen Enright, PhD, president and CEO of the Pet Food Institute (PFI), will provide an overview of pet food’s regulatory landscape to help ensure companies are aware of new requirements in place to make safe pet food products for all of America’s pets. PFI is the national trade association of U.S. pet food and treat makers, and its members account for 98 percent of all pet food and treats produced in the United States.


Todd Maute, Partner at CBX, a brand and design agency

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Private Label to Help Brands Compete in the Digital Era

Technology companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are increasingly changing how we all interact with and shop brands. While the retail industry has been one of the most visibly and dramatically disrupted industries, there is no more opportune of a time for brands to evolve how they produce, merchandise and market. One of the most crucial and obvious ways for brands to address this new landscape? Private label.

Todd Maute, partner at brand and design agency CBX and a veteran of the private label products industry, believes that our current digitally-inclined, rapidly changing shopping landscape is allowing private label to go beyond its traditionally ‘product-first’ approach.

As brands come to terms with the new purpose and values-driven mindset of the consumer, Todd proposes that if private label is approached as a marketing and media tool, pet product specialty and mass retailers can differentiate from their competitors and develop richer connections with their consumers. In his presentation, Todd will identify the different ways all brands can survive and thrive through a private label lens, and discuss how retailers and private label manufacturers can work together to make their brands succeed.

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Dr. Gerard Buchoff, Longevity – Dr. B’s Raw Pet Food

Why Feed Raw? The Longevity Difference

Dr. Gerald Buchoff received his pre-vet BS degree and an MS in Immunology from Rutgers University. He holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (BVScAH) from GB Pant University in India. He has completed numerous courses in homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, glandular nutritional therapy, cold laser therapy and Reiki.

Dr. Buchoff practices at his clinic Holistic Pet Care in Little Falls NJ and produces his own line of raw pet food, Longevity – Dr. B’s Raw Pet Food. He has served as Vice President and President of the AHVMA – American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (2002-2006).

He has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television and radio and hosted 50 episodes The Pet Stop on New 12 NJ-TV.

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Robert Downey, CEO and President of Annamaet Petfoods

Myths of the Dog Food Industry and Pet Food Formulations

Rob has had a lifelong involvement with dogs and has been published in several Veterinary and Nutrition Journals.  He will provide an insight into the variation of ingredient quality and sourcing as well as formulation and processing of pet foods.

Hotel Information

The below hotels are located close to the convention center:
Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center – 1.6m
Hilton Garden Inn Edison Raritan Center – 2.2m
Courtyard Edison Woodbridge – 2.9m
For Sponsorship Opportunities and Table Top Exhibits
Juliana Hefford Tara Preston
310-326-4155 917-331-8904
jhefford@petage.com tpreston@petage.com
Table Top Exhibits
Damon Riccio – driccio@njbiz.com732-246-5715


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