The 2012 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference, an annual two-day event of the American Feed Industry Association, was held March 14-16, in Orlando, Florida, USA, where 553 individuals working within the livestock feed and petfood industries learned about the latest issues and events.
Those in the animal feed industry who attended the conference heard market analyses and speakers on current topics such as barcoding, packaging, China’s impact on agriculture production, regulatory requirements and more.
Grant Siebert of DSM explained the benefits of barcoding during the opening session, including recall efficiency and compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Chris Enloe, NutraBlend LLC, explained how valuable barcoding was through an entire supply chain. Todd Kimbrell of Hood Packaging addressed ways petfood companies are meeting suppliers' demands and are transitioning to woven poly bags. Roxanne McSpadden, Graphic Packaging International, addressed how focusing on the environment, consumers and profitability were the contributing factors to sustainable packaging.
From a legal perspective, Jolyda Swaim, of the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC, detailed a crisis management protocol from her experience at Sara Lee Corp., while James Hansen, of Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP, presented guidelines to handling a product liability lawsuit. Leah Wilkinson of American Feed Industry Association explained the federal regulatory requirements and compliance dates associated with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
The 2013 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference will be hosted March 13-15, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.