Inaugural Petfood R&D Showcase agenda details released

Agenda details released for Petfood R&D Showcase 2017

Event representatives have announced that first Petfood R&D Showcase,“Going with the Grain”, have released the agenda details for the multi-day experience. Petfood R&D Showcase will debut this fall on October 10-12, 2017, at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. This event is hosted by Petfood Industry in collaboration with Kansas State University’s Pet Food Science Program.

Throughout the event, attendees will gain insights on the latest market trend shifts in uses of whole and ancient grains in pet food. On the first full day of the showcase, October 11, some of the country’s leading faculty will present their newest research on the emerging science behind the benefits of grains in pet food. Scientific presentations will include an exploration of how cereal crop diversity can be used for improved health and the potential applications in pet food, how to use grain-based diets to maximize pet food safety, an in-depth look at kill-step validation, plus a keynote presentation from Dr. Tim Hunt, a veterinarian, pet food company owner and former Iditarod musher.

On October 12, the second full day of the event, attendees will rotate through a number of interactive labs, led by the industry’s top pet food suppliers. During these activities and demonstrations, participants will have the ability to see the research learned the day prior come to life, as well as the chance to ask the suppliers questions on how the information learned in the activities can be applied to their own brand. Interactive lab stations include seeing how to produce a pet food diet using ancient grains, a hands-on activity baking dog treats mixed with grains, functional enzymes, and novel flavors, processed using rotary molding equipment. There will also be a station demonstrating the diversity of functionalities that grains have in pet food diets, and another providing an opportunity to make granola bars from ancient grains coated from various colors from botanical sources. All labs will be conducted in Kansas State University’s one-of-a-kind Grain Science complex.

Various networking events are also incorporated into the agenda, including three evening networking receptions and an optional dine-around event on Tuesday evening, which will take place at local Manhattan restaurants. Event organizers have also put together a number of exclusive optional activities in order to take advantage of all that Manhattan and Kansas State University has to offer.

For complete information on the agenda details released, click here.

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