Petfood Forum 2017 early bird registration ends February 1

Take advantage of this opportunity for attendees to save up to $300 on Petfood Forum 2017 and Petfood Innovation Workshop.

Photo by John Grossman | Images Photographics
Photo by John Grossman | Images Photographics

Early bird registration for Petfood Forum 2017 and Petfood Innovation Workshop: Taste of Pet Food’s Future is available through February 1. This opportunity allows attendees to save up to $300.

Register for Petfood Forum 2017

Petfood Forum 2017 runs April 3-5 at the Kansas City Convention Center and will feature learning sessions on the latest pet food research and information from industry experts, several networking events and a full exhibit hall of leading industry suppliers.

Sessions at Petfood Forum 2017 include:

Petfood Forum sessions April 4

  • Welcome and opening keynote: Randi Zuckerberg
    Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, will kick off Petfood Forum 2017 with an opening address on how to use social media and other marketing platforms to reach today’s consumers.
  • The rise of biologically appropriate pet foods: what does the science say? – Emma Bermingham, PhD, AgResearch Ltd.
  • Recipe for success: opportunities and challenges of introducing novel ingredients into pet food formulations – Ryan Yamka, PhD, Luna Science and Nutrition
  • You killed my dog! Dealing with distraught customers in the age of pets as people – Melissa Brookshire, DVM, North River Enterprises
  • Activating the new psychology of pet food marketing: Millennials leading the pack in pet parent shopping behaviors – Bob Wheatley, Emergent
  • What’s next for pet food specialty? Staying a step ahead of tomorrow’s trends – Maria Lange, GfK (Tentative)
  • Including beta-glucans in the diet leads to benefits in the metabolism of obese dogs – Marcio Brunetto, DVM, PhD, University of São Paulo
  • Listen to win: use customer insights and your company’s experts to create breakthrough marketing – Scott Kington and Andi Kahclamat, Woodruff Sweitzer
  • Fresh meat inclusions for dry pet food: what can you accomplish with existing solutions? – Urs Wuest, Bühler AG Nutrition
  • Futuristic concepts for the design of pet food facilities – Benny Simonsen, Graintec
  • Updated strategies for managing contamination, recall and litigation risks under FSMA – Joan Archer, PhD, JD, and Megan Galey, Husch Blackwell; Steve Kluting, Gallagher

Petfood Forum sessions April 5

  • Headliner session: Responding to trends shaping the pet food market – Chris Mondzelewski, general manager of pet specialty for Mars Petcare North America
  • Applying and integrating omics technology to advance companion animal nutrition – Maria Cattai de Godoy, PhD, University of Illinois
  • Extracting protein from pulses as sustainable pet food ingredients – Fred van de Velde, PhD, NIZO Food Research
  • The implications of vitamin product forms in pet foods – Shiguang Yu, PhD, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Planning your business’s future: how goal-customized branding strategies can get you there faster – Stefan Hartung, Ideas That Kick and Matthew Golladay, BrightPet Nutrition Group
  • The FDA GRAS final rule: impacts on getting safe feed ingredients into pet food – Ray Matulka, PhD, Burdock Group
  • Thermal processes validation for pet food formulations containing inclusions using a dual surrogate – Mary Bandu, PhD, Chestnut Labs
  • Closing keynote: Temple Grandin, PhD
    Temple Grandin, PhD, a designer of livestock handling facilities and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will discuss animal behavior and the importance of pet professionals knowing about that behavior and what responses to expect.

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