Experts on the pet food market, nutrition, ingredients, production and safety will present their latest research and insights during Petfood Forum 2018, April 23-25 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Organizers of the exclusive conference for the global pet food industry have released the schedule and line-up of speakers and topics. Early bird discounted registration is also available.

Between an opening keynote by Jack Hanna, conservationist and television personality, and a closing keynote by dog cognition scientist Brian Hare, PhD, Petfood Forum will feature four concurrent tracks of technical sessions on nutrition, ingredients, processing and safety and the market. Topics include the quest for transparency with pet food, the impact of diets on pets’ gut microbiota, how to contain a social media crisis, lessons from the human food industry on what to expect from FDA under FSMA compliance, extruding with fresh meat while ensuring pet food safety and the evolution and future of the grain-free pet food market.

Petfood Forum 2018 will also feature roundtable sessions on insect protein, the next big trends for pet food and a CEO panel on attracting and retaining talent. In addition, David Sprinkle, publisher and research director for Packaged Facts, will present exclusive results from a consumer study on how to achieve trust and transparency with pet owners.

The conference also provides an opportunity for pet food professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas and do business with one another and with the industry's leading pet food manufacturers and suppliers. Petfood Innovation Workshop: New Product Development Journey, an immersive seminar, will occur the day of April 23, also in Kansas City. For more information on both events, visit