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Day 1, 11 October 2022
9.00
Welcome reception in foyer and delegate registration
10.00 - 10.05
Welcoming address
Marc Dähne
Managing Director
Dähne Verlag
10.05 – 10.15
Brief summary of conference programme by the moderator
Ralf Majer-Abele
Managing Editor
PET worldwide + pet
10.15 - 10.45
The New Normal - the challenge posed by assortment & category management in changing economic environments
Heiko Bücker
Senior Vice President Product Offer
Fressnapf
Digitalisation: a future task for everyone
10.45 – 11.15
The road to digitalisation in pet retailing
Hubert Wieser
Regional Director Central Region
Nestlé Purina
11.15 – 11.45
On the way to becoming an omnichannel company: how Tom & Co. is driving digitalisation forward
Thierry le Grelle
CEO
Tom & Co.
11.45 – 12.15
How understanding data can actually be relevant for the pet industry
Michael Hurnaus
CEO
Tractive
12.15 – 12.45

Five young companies have been nominated for the PET worldwide Best Newcomer Award 2022. They will each give a presentation at the International Pet Conference in a five-minute elevator pitch. The winning enterprise will be presented with the award at the evening function following the first day of the conference.

12.45 – 13.45
Lunch
13.45 – 14.15
From factory to consumer: new distribution models in the pet sector. Example: Petbuddy Group
Alexander Retzlik
Co-Founder + CCO
Petbuddy
The long road to greater sustainability: concepts for success and new paths
14.15 – 14.45
Sustainability – a key to business success in the pet industry
Caitlyn Dudas
Executive Director
Pet Sustainability Coalition
14.45 – 15.15
“Plastic is fantastic”: how Moderna builds sustainability into its DNA
Chantal Saelen
Managing Director
Moderna
15.15 – 15.45
Environmental problems of cat litter: what the pet sector must do on the road to greater sustainability
Michael Behnke
Representative for Germany and France
Plant Litter Association
15.45 – 16.15
Coffee break
16.15 – 16.45
How to make the pet business more eco-conscious: a panel discussion
Participants in the panel discussion:
Chantal Saelen
Managing Director
Moderna
Andreas Müller
Head of Sustainability
Interquell
Jean-François Laudouze
Global Business Development Manager Companion Animals
Veramaris
Paul van der Raad
Global Commercial Director, Pet Industry
Protix
16.45 - 17.15
South East Europe: How the Pet Network Group wants to expand its market leadership
Timo Tervo
CEO
Pet Network International
17.15 - 17.45
Zoomark International 2023:
The new experience Challenges and opportunities for pet trade fairs in a new market environment
A one-to-one discussion between Pascale Sonvico, International Sales Manager at Zoomark International and moderator Ralf Majer-Abele

SPEAKERS:

 

Moderator
Ralf Majer-Abele
Managing Editor
PET worldwide + pet
Pascale Sonvico
International Sales Manager
Zoomark
18.30 onwards
TIME FOR NETWORKING
With friendly assistance from Nestlé Purina

Following a long day at the conference, enjoy a pleasant, sociable evening with a host of highlights in true Italian style. Take the opportunity to engage in interesting conversations and expand your network of contacts as the first day of the conference draws to a close.

Find out who will receive the PET worldwide Best Newcomer Award 2022 and which figure from the pet supplies sector will merit the PET worldwide Personality of the Year Award 2022.

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Day 2, 12 October 2022
9.00 – 9.05
Welcome by the moderator
Visions and strategies for the pet sector of tomorrow
9.05 – 9.35
A brand journey in the contemporary pet industry
Rolf Hagen Jr
Co-Owner + CEO
Hagen Group
9.35 – 10.00
Strategies to grow the pet business
A one-to-one discussion between Dušan Plaćek and moderator Ralf Majer-Abele.

Dušan Plaček is the owner and CEO of the Plaček Group, one of the leading pet supplies retailers in Europe with over 330 shops in seven countries. The family-run business with over 2 000 employees also markets and distributes exclusive brands such as Repti Planet, Ontario, Nature Land and others in all pet categories to strategic partners around the world.

Dušan Plaček
Owner + CEO
Plaček Group
10.00 – 10.30
Coffee break
10.30 – 11.00
In the face of war: what to expect for the Ukrainian pet business
Polina Kosharna
Co-Owner + CEO
Suziria Company Group
11.00 – 11.30
Defying the war: how Collar Company is working on its comeback
Yuriy Sinitsa
Owner
Collar Company
11.30 – 12.00
Pet care in Europe: impact of socio-economic challenges and future prospects
Tommaso Cappato
Research Analyst
Euromonitor International
12.00 – 12.30
Coffee break
Africa, Southeast Asia (SEA): the next growth markets?
12.30 – 13.00
Why Africa is a BIG THING: acquaintance with an unknown future market
Karlien Delport Botha
International Marketing Specialist
Montego Pet Nutrition
13.00 – 13.30
Trends and best practices – first-hand insights into SEA
Dr Matthias Koch
Founder + Managing Director
Anibene
13.30 – 14.00
Sourcing challenges and market opportunities: what role will China play?
A one-to-one discussion between Yannick Verry and moderator Ralf Majer-Abele.

Yannick Verry is a renowned expert on the Chinese pet industry. He has organised Pet Fair Asia in Shanghai for over 8 years, owns a wholesale and consulting business and has comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the international pet market. Earlier this year, he joined the Dutch exhibition organiser Jaarbeurs, for which he is developing a new event for the Benelux market.

Yannick Verry
Expert on the Chinese pet industry
14.00
Conference summary and closing words by the moderator
14.10
Business Lunch

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