Agenda & Speakers

Petfood Forum Asia 2018 Schedule and Program

8:30 - 9:30

Registration and check-in

9:30 - 10:15

Welcome and opening session: Recipe for success: Why the human-animal bond is the #1 ingredient in pet food
Sandy Robins, pet lifestyle expert and author, explains the role of the human-animal bond in changing how pets are fed and how pet food companies can take advantage of this bond to improve sales, including how to reach and educate consumers via various retail channels and social media. In addition, she will make the case for you to learn about products such as specialized food bowls, puzzles and toys that enhance the eating experience, plus the growing trend of pet technology and how it taps into the pet food and treat experience.

10:15 - 10:45

Process solutions for current pet food trends
Brian Streit, director of pet food and aquatic technology for Wenger Manufacturing Inc., provides a review of pet food and pet treat product trends – ecommerce, humanization and premiumization, natural and special diets, superfoods and ingredient information demanded by consumers seeking transparency – from an equipment and process supplier perspective. He will address the production and processing challenges these new products create, such as expanded ingredient inventory and raw material availability, product stability, processing complexity, current equipment limitations, and food safety and quality control considerations, and present solutions to those challenges.

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 11:45

Creating value with alternative protein sourcing while ensuring palatable pet foods
Aurélie de Ratuld, PhD, R&D cat platform manager for Diana Pet Food, poses these questions: Can the pet food industry continue to please pets and meet the challenges of a global growing planet in terms of animal protein availability, food safety crises, sustainability and custom barriers? What are the alternatives for technologies and sourcing, and can vegetable proteins be part of the answer? de Ratuld conducted research to understand the sensory drivers of cats and dogs and how they could allow for the use of alternative sourcing to target specific components that guarantee pets’ enjoyment.

11:45 - 12:15

Health benefits of nutritional lipids beyond regulatory recommendations
Shiguang Yu, PhD, global technical manager for DSM Nutritional Products, presents new research findings that provide evidence-based guidance for the improvement of pet food quality and new product development via the health benefits of nutritional lipids. According to these new studies, significant health benefits can be achieved when nutritional lipids are used in pet food beyond the recommendations of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and FEDIAF (the European Pet Food Industry). For example, higher dietary DHA concentration improves visual acuity and trainability of growing puppies; pet foods with high fish oil concentrations improve clinical signs of dogs and cats with joint disease; and nutritional lipids in various forms significantly improve cognitive function in old dogs and cats.

12:15 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:15

Building a social community to support pet food ecommerce
Jin Huang, international business director for Navarch Petcare, describes the strategy and tactics her company used to develop an ecommerce business from scratch, taking it to 78 percent of the company’s sales in just six years. Building strong social network communities, plus creating online promotions and events with digital platform partners, play an important role in increasing sales and consumer satisfaction.

14:15 - 14:45

Using novel technologies to extract pet food nutrients from single-cell organisms
Dejan Miladinovic, quality control manager at the Centre for Feed Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, explains how proteins obtained from single-cell organisms have an optimal profile of amino acids, with high nitrogen retention and high digestibility in model animals. However, extracting protein from single-cell organisms is challenging. Pulsed electric fields, enzymes and the assistance of high-pressure processing may overcome these challenges, helping ensure sustainable pet food ingredient sourcing and manufacturing.

14:45 - 15:15

Decreasing dryer variation to sustainably raise discharge moisture, increase capacity, reduce energy
Douglas Beloskur, product manager of automation for Buhler Aeroglide, shares a case study conducted with a pet food customer using cloud-based infrastructure to highlight the challenges of over-drying in the pet food production process. The results showed tangible improvements to a pet food supply chain, improving process control, dryer production rates and energy efficiency. Further, accessibility to big data, including KPI summaries using cloud-based technology, provided transparency in the drying process and invaluable real-time information for decision makers.

15:15 -15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 16:15

An energy efficient pet food process design for chilling, cooling and drying
Anders Haubjerg, PhD, senior process engineer for Graintec A/S, presents a process design for extruded pet food production facilities that integrates the operation of the dryer, cooler and chiller to elevate overall process energy efficiency. Process simulations across a wide range of operating conditions and climates demonstrate that the outlined process design promises attractive improvements in energy efficiency. In addition, the design can be configured to conserve fresh water and reduce odor emission, and process modeling can predict operating points and identify expected levels of efficiency improvement as well as payback times for adopting the design.

16:15 - 16:45

Beta-glucans effects in pets: benefits and possible applications
Fernando Roberti, technical expert for pet food at Biorigin, provides scientific evidence of the health benefits of beta-glucans for pets. These physiologically active compounds, generally considered biological response modifiers, can stimulate the immune system of dogs and cats and safely provide anti-inflammatory properties, while offering a solution for pet food companies to differentiate their products in a fast-changing market.