ARLINGTON, Va., March 10, 2017 – The American Feed Industry Association hosted its annual Purchasing & Ingredients Suppliers Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 7-9. There were 641 registered attendees, making 2017 PISC registration the highest in history.
PISC is a three-day educational and networking event designed for buyers and sellers of feed and feed ingredients. With updates on the state of the animal feed industry, outlooks and perspectives, discussions on critical issues and more, PISC is “Where Business Gets Done!”
Kevin Folta speaks to PISC attendees.
This year’s program offered attendees information on challenges in feeding a growing population in a presentation by Kevin Folta, a professor in and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida.
Folta said, when talking to consumers about feeding people across the globe, “Facts don’t matter until you’ve established trust,” reminding attendees to “keep factual information simple” once trust is established.
Other presentations included the annual grain outlook, import and export outlooks, an update on the Veterinary Feed Directive’s implementation, a panel discussion of the Food Safety Modernization Act and customer service advice from Teri Yanovitch, a former Disney Institute speaker.
Teri Yanovitch provides customer service advice.
“It costs three to five times more to get a new customer than having a repeat customer,” said Yanovitch, giving advice to, “Take five minutes today that will exceed the expectation of your customer, then share it with team members.”
This year’s PISC also featured a “suppliers showcase”–a networking event that allowed feed industry suppliers to showcase their products to interested buyers–and the annual Welcome and Grand receptions. Additionally, the PISC golf tournament returned to the 2017 agenda (the golf tournament was on a hiatus in 2016), and attendees also enjoyed the annual sporting clays outing.
Next year’s PISC will be March 13-15, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The American Feed Industry Association, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, the organization membership is comprised of the total feed industry-from commercial and integrated feed manufacturers, to ingredient suppliers, pet food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA is also the recognized leader on international industry developments and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation.
Members include more than 600 domestic and international companies. More than 75 percent of the feed and 70 percent of the non-grain ingredients including soybean meal, distillers co-products, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, yeast products and other miscellaneous/specialty ingredients in the U.S. are manufactured by AFIA members.