Petfood Forum 2015 has announced speakers and topics for the 2015 conference April 27-29 in its new location of Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The conference features a new schedule, including the new Petfood Innovation Workshop event on April 27.

The exclusive, premier event for the global petfood industry, Petfood Forum 2015 will start the evening of April 27 with an opening reception. On April 28, an opening keynote by Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell will be followed by Dave Bolen, former CEO of Pet Supplies Plus, presenting pet retailing insights on how petfood manufacturers can grow their businesses and the industry.

The afternoon of April 28 and morning of April 29 will feature four concurrent session rooms covering pet nutrition and petfood marketing/product development, safety and processing, with presentations from leading industry experts. The conference portion will end the afternoon of April 29 with a discussion session on developing your future workforce through industry-academic partnerships, led by Greg Aldrich, PhD, followed by the closing keynote, in which the Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show will perform, with the group's owners explaining how and why they work with rescue dogs.

Petfood Forum includes a large exhibit hall on April 28-29 and many networking opportunities, including a new closing barbeque and Taste of Kansas City reception on April 29.

Also new in 2015 is Petfood Innovation Workshop: Next Generation Treats, which will take place April 27 and include a field trip to a Food Innovation Accelerator Lab at nearby Kansas State University-Olathe. There, participants can practice product development of treats with several hands-on exercises using actual ingredients and processing techniques.

Petfood professionals also registered for Petfood Forum will receive savings on their Petfood Innovation Workshop registration; early bird discounts are available for both events through February 15. For more information on speakers, the schedule and registration, visit www.PetfoodForumEvents.com.