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Victoria Stilwell welcomes attendees to 2016 Petfood Forum

Celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, our keynote speaker at Petfood Forum, encouraged collaboration between pet food manufacturers, marketers and trainers.
Celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, our keynote speaker at Petfood Forum, encouraged collaboration between pet food manufacturers, marketers and trainers.
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Novel meat proteins gaining importance in pet food

Consumers are increasingly looking for specialty pet food products with high levels of exotic meat proteins as the paleo trend in human food carries over to pets.
Overall pet food market growth is slowing in the mass market channel, but one area expected to see continued growth within the specialty products market is pet food and treats with novel meat proteins, said David Sprinkle, research director, Packaged Facts.
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Kansas State pet food event focuses on treats, research

Pet food professionals hear new pet food research, learn about new treat ingredients
During Petfood Innovation Workshop and the Kansas State Pet Food Experience, attendees learned the latest research and made pet treats with new ingredients.
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Petfood Forum 2015 breaks all attendance records

Plans already underway to expand for 2016
Petfood Forum 2015 conference and exhibition, held on April 27-29, 2015, broke all records for attendance. The event was held for the first time in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, at the Kansas City Convention Center, after more than 20 years in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.
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Social media's role in recruiting pet food industry talent

Mary Ellen Barkley of Kansas State University and Dr. Jerrod Kersey of Mars Petcare US discuss the importance of social media in recruiting young pet food industry professionals.

 Mary Ellen Barkley of Kansas State University and Dr. Jerrod Kersey of Mars Petcare US discuss the importance of social media in recruiting young pet food industry professionals. 


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Pet food industry needs to plan for change

While the pet food and pet retail industries have seen years of growth, the industry should not be complacent. A speaker at Petfood Forum outlined some of the challenges the industry could face.
The success of the past decade in the pet food and pet retailing industries may not be sustainable if the industries don’t pay close attention to coming changes. Dave Bolen, former CEO of several major pet retailers and now a retail consultant, told the opening session of Petfood Forum that “I am worried that our success could be a disadvantage to further growth in the pet industry.”
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