Pet treats, toppers and inclusions highlighted during Petfood R&D Showcase 2018

Petfood R&D Showcase 2018 attendees learned from keynote presenter Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight for Mintel, that the most important pet food trends closely parallel ones in human snacks, particularly with health and wellness. Dornblaser and other pet food experts presented on pet treats, toppers and mixers, plus pet foods with inclusions during Petfood R&D Showcase held October 9-11, 2018 in Manhattan, Kan.

Dornblaser noted that as consumers seek foods for themselves with simple ingredients, clean labels, fortified nutrition and information on sourcing, they are also taking these same factors in consideration when purchasing pet food and treats. According to research conducted by Mintel, 37 percent of pet owners look for natural products, 18 percent seek organic products, while 52 percent look for pet treats providing added or functional nutrition.

“Petfood R&D Showcase speakers provided important insight and research on the fastest-growing pet food categories on the market today,” said Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry. “From food safety to palatability and preferences, the content covered many key aspects of pet treats, toppers and inclusions.”

In addition to the presentations on cutting-edge scientific research, attendees participated in six interactive sessions and lab demonstrations that emphasized the development of treats, toppers and inclusions. These activities included: developing a gluten-free, sorghum-based, rotary-molded baked dog treat; exploring the characteristics and possibilities of formulating kibble topping with fruit and vegetable purees and powders; leveraging microencapsulation technologies in pet food and treat applications; utilizing inclusions that can be added to dry or wet pet foods, plus pet treats, to provide novelty, owner appeal, color and additional palatability; incorporating dried black soldier fly larvae into treats, toppers and inclusions; and a look at gates, diverters and valves for use in pet food and treat manufacturing facilities.

Petfood R&D Showcase will take place again on October 15-17, 2019 in Manhattan, Kansas featuring a new and exclusive theme, “Leveraging Science into Product Innovation.”

Save the dates for these upcoming events:

Petfood Forum | April 29-May 1, 2019 | Kansas City, Missouri | Registration now open

Petfood Innovation Workshop | April 29, 2019 | Kansas City, Missouri |Registration now open

Petfood Forum Europe | June 13, 2019 | Cologne, Germany | Registration is now open

Petfood Forum China | August 20, 2019 | Shanghai, China | Early Bird registration is now open

Petfood R&D Showcase | October 15-17, 2019 | Manhattan, Kansas