the european pet food industry


FEDIAF is the trade body representing the European pet food industry.  We have members from 18  countries and four company members (Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars PetCare, Nestlé Purina Petcare and Wellpet).

Our mission is:

“To be the credible and responsible voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favourable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products.
FEDIAF is fully committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to the respect of sustainable development.”

We work through a committee structure and the Secretariat works closely with the Communications Working Group and Executive Committee – reporting to the General Assembly. 

The Executive Committee and the General Assembly are chaired by the FEDIAF President, elected every two years. FEDIAF President June 2016- June 2018 is Mr Marinus Pannevis (the Netherlands).

Our Review Committee looks at

  • Additives and Undesirable Substances
  • Feed Safety and Hygiene
  • Product Communication
  • Nutritional & Analytical Science
  • Feed Materials and Trade
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Particular Nutritional Purposes

We are supported by the National Secretaries of National Associations.

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M. Exner Herforth FEDIAF President

FEDIAF PRESIDENT Ms mechthild exner-herforth

Mechthild Exner-Herforth has been working in the pet food industry for almost 30 years. She is Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare Europe where she has spent her entire career. She has been active in pet food trade associations since 2006, both at German and European level. Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the FEDIAF Review Committee.

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Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer (1958) studied law in Bonn (Germany) and London (United Kingdom) with a specialisation in International and European Law . 1988-1989 he was a research assistant at the British House of Commons in London. After a brief activity in a German law firm he moved to Brussels to join the Brewers of Europe, the European Trade Association of the brewing industry, as Deputy Secretary General. Since 1997 he has been Secretary General of FEDIAF.

Julien Taieb

Julien Taïeb

Julien Taïeb (1980) is a French lawyer by training (University of Aix-Marseille) with an additional Master in EU Law. 2003-2005 he was legal advisor at the European Commission to then join the EU farm feed federation FEFAC (2006-2010) as the European Affairs Manager. He held several responsibilities at the EU agriculture commodities traders associations (COCERAL, UNISTOCK) from 2010 to 2013. He joined FEDIAF in 2014 as Regulatory and Technical Affairs Manager and was appointed, since 2018, Deputy Secretary General.