The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is now accepting nominations through Aug. 28 for its annual Friend of Pet Food Award, to be recognized at the upcoming AFIA Pet Food Conference on Jan. 30, 2024. Launched in 2019, the award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to support the growth of the pet food industry.

"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, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs.

“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."

An ideal nominee will be currently employed and active in the pet food industry or an associated area, such as new product development, transportation, regulatory, academia, media or promotion.

There is no restriction by company or industry affiliation, or the function performed by the nominee.

The award winner will be invited to attend the 2024 AFIA Pet Food Conference which is being held in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA, happening Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, where they will be publicly recognized with a plaque. 

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, click here.