PET Conference
16/17 October 2024 | Brussels
PET Conference
16/17 October 2024 | Brussels


PET worldwide Personalety of the Year

Dähne Verlag and the international magazine PET worldwide have recognised the achievements of a personality from the pet supplies sector with the coveted PET Personality of the Year Award since 2006. Award winner of the Year 2022 was Dr Rowena Arzt, head of exhibitions for Interzoo organiser WZF. Arzt was chosen for her outstanding efforts relating to the successful staging of the world-leading Interzoo trade fair under difficult conditions. 


PET worldwide Newcomer of the Year

Another first at the International Pet Conference in Bologna was the award for Newcomer of the Year. This award had previously only been given at the German Pet Conference. Due to its growing popularity since it was first presented in 2019, however, the editorial team of PET worldwide decided back in 2020 to give an international award also in future. On account of the pandemic and related cancellation of the International Pet Conference that year, it remained a good intention, but this year it finally received its premiere.

The award was conceived to support start-ups and other newcomer companies from the pet sector. Interested firms were able to apply for the award back in the spring using an online application form. Of over 30 applications received from all over Europe, the editors at PET worldwide selected five nominees, who then made five-minute live pitches to attendees at the International Pet Conference.

50 per cent of the votes for the winning company came from readers of PET worldwide, who were invited to vote online for their favourite during the summer. The votes of the conference delegates, cast live and online in Bologna, accounted for the other half of the poll count. It was an exciting contest: it became clear following the poll of PET worldwide readers that three of the five nominees would be involved in a close race. Voting by delegates to the conference was also tight, and ultimately it was the highly emotive and enthusiastic presentation by overall winner Strayz that swung the result. The German company aims to improve the lives of dogs and cats living on the street with its species-specific organic pet food brand.

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