Tuffy’s Pet Foods Hosted Its First Independent Distributor Conference
Tuffy’s Pet Foods hosted its first annual Independent Distributor Conference from June 24-26, 2019 in Perham, Minn.
“We wanted them to see our facilities, meet our people, see what we do and how we do it,” said Charlie Nelson, president of KLN Family Brands, parent company of Tuffy's. “We believe this allows us to be very transparent with our distributors and partners. It’s so important that we hear their ideas that will make us a better company and keep the pet food industry strong and healthy.”
Twenty-six owners and key personnel from 12 of North America’s premier independently-owned pet food distributors gathered to tour Tuffy’s new facilities, learn about future plans and discuss industry and market forces.
Key discussions revolved around the state of the industry, outlook for independent retailers and distributors, changing consumer demographics, e-commerce and digital marketing.
The meetings allowed for a relaxed atmosphere where distribution competitors could discuss high-level topics, learn from others and provide input to executives of Tuffy’s.