Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president of food safety, will be the opening speaker for Petfood Forum Asia 2016, scheduled for 30 March in Bangkok. Following Yiannas, other industry experts will share their latest research and insights on the dynamic Asia pet food market, pet nutrition and pet food ingredients, safety and processing.


Pets have become increasingly important in the Asia-Pacific region, as have pet food sales. Dog and cat food made up US$6.12 billion of the US$9.83 billion Asia-Pacific pet care retail sales market in 2014, according to Euromonitor International.

Now in its fifth edition, Petfood Forum Asia will again be co-located with FIAAP/Victam/GRAPAS Asia at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre. Early bird registration savings are available through January 25. Following is the schedule and lineup of topics and speakers as of press time.

8:30-9:30 am                      Registration and check-in with coffee and light breakfast

9:30-10:15 am                    Opening session: Why pet food manufacturers should develop a food safety culture—Frank Yiannas, vice president of Food Safety for Walmart

10:15-10:55 am                  Pet food dynamics: update on the global and Asian markets—Mariko Takemura, lead analyst for Euromonitor International

10:55-11:35 am                  What’s bugs got to do with it? Understanding the relevance of changes in GI microbes for pet health—Emma Bermingham, PhD, senior scientist with AgResearch Ltd.

11:35 am-1:00 pm            Lunch

1:00-1:40 pm                      Fish-based ingredients for pet food manufacturing—Andrew Mallison, general director of IFFO Ltd.

1:40-2:20 pm                      Drivers of liking of dry dog food appearance: Thai consumers—Kadri Koppel, PhD, assistant professor for Kansas State University’s Department of Human Nutrition

2:20-3:00 pm                      From birth to bowl: the life of a tasty and safe pet food— Isabelle Guiller, global research and innovation director for Diana Pet Food

3:00-3:45 pm                      Coffee break

3:45-4:25 pm                      Automating critical tasks in pet food production—Galen Rokey, director of process technology for Wenger Manufacturing’s Companion Animal Division

4:25-5:05 pm                      Optimum vitamin nutrition for dogs and cats—Jeff Alix, global pet nutrition marketing manager for DSM Nutritional Products


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