Agenda & Speakers

Petfood Forum & Petfood Innovation Workshop 2018 Tentative Schedule of Events

Monday - April 23, 2018

7:00 am – 7:30 pm

Petfood Forum registration and check-in
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Petfood Forum exhibitor move-in
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Petfood Forum and Petfood Innovation Workshop opening reception
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

Tuesday - April 24, 2018

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Petfood Forum registration desk open
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening keynote: Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna, popular host of the Emmy-Award-winning television series “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” kicks off the conference portion of Petfood Forum 2018 along with some of his animal friends. He shares his special window into the animal world and details his globetrotting experiences and timeless tales. The presentation also includes a mix of video clips and inspirational stories that deal conservation, travel and wildlife issues.
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

9:30 am 10:15 am

General session: My pets eat better than me: pet specialty data and trends show why
Natasha Davis, client service manager for GfK
The number of US households with cats or dogs is steadily on the rise as younger generations opt for pet parenting in place of child-rearing. As these generations gain influence, their demands for healthier, more transparent and ethically sourced pet foods are becoming more apparent. Davis highlights humanistic trends driving premiumization in the US pet specialty channel and how some new, and not-so-new, categories are transforming as a result. She also identifies the winning play for 2018 and beyond.
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Exhibit hall open
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Time in exhibit hall
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Paws for a break (visiting pet charities)
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Petfood Forum Student Program paper oral presentations, plus meet and greet: part 1
Career Center, Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Product Showcase Presentations
Product Showcase stage, Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch
3500 rooms, Kansas City Convention Center

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Concurrent sessions (four tracks – details listed below agenda)
3500 rooms, Kansas City Convention Center

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center 

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Reception
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center 

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Poster reception
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Petfood Forum mixer
Power & Light District (tentative)

Concurrent session tracks:

Nutrition – room 2502

Ingredients – room 2503

Marketing – room 2505

Processing and Safety – room 2504

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Kibble diameter and its effect on canine palatability – Kristopher Figge, senior technical sales and service with AFB International

Using avocado meal in extruded diets for cats – Amanda Dainton, graduate research assistant at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Why is pet food surrounded by secrecy? The quest for transparency Henriette Bylling, CEO and owner of Aller Petfood Group

How high pressure processing supports clean-label trends in raw pet foods – Mark A. Duffy, CEO of Universal Pure

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Effect of vitamin supplementation on longevity and health of Beagles – Michael Coelho, PhD, global technical product manager for BASF Corp.

Dried yeast: alternative protein for dogs and cats – Gary Davenport, PhD, companion animal technical manager for ADM Animal Nutrition

Following today’s pet food shopping journey – Rebecca Casey, senior marketing director for TC Transcontinental Packaging

High-moisture extrusion of plant-based and hybrid pet food products: important principles – Volker Lammers, PhD, head of process engineering at the German Institute of Food Technologists

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Gut microbiota: are cats small dogs? – Emma Bermingham, PhD, senior scientist with Agresearch

Effect of carbohydrates on health and glycemic index in dogsAlexandra Rankovic, BScH, MSc candidate, at Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Digesting your issues: containing a social media crisis – Janine Smiley, public relations strategist, and Brittany VanMaele, community manager, Woodruff

What to expect from FDA under FSMA compliance: lessons from the human food industry  – William Senior, senior associate attorney with Benjamin L. England & Associates

3:00 – 3:30 pm

The gut-brain axis: select probiotic strains to enhance companion animal well-being – Bart Dunsford, PhD, business development manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Can non-meat palatants satisfy pets’ taste buds? Researching alternative proteins to meet industry challenges – Aurélie de Ratuld, PhD, R&D cat platform manager for Diana Pet Food

Beyond millennials: reaching the connected pet food consumer – Larine Urbina, vice president of communications, US & Canada, for Tetra Pak

Extruding with fresh meat and ensuring food safety: how to achieve both goals – Daniel Stoffner, global product manager, pet food and aqua feed, for Bühler AG

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Microbial challenge testing for pet foods: new modelsMeredith Burke, scientist with Kemin Nutrisurance

Managing oxidative stability in freeze-dried pet foods and novel animal proteins – Poulson Joseph, PhD, principal scientist and leader of the meat, poultry and pet food team for Kalsec Inc.

The evolution and future of the grain-free ingredients market – Isaac Matthews, director, pet food ingredients division, for Lansing Trade Group

Changing pet food recipes without considering processing equipment can wreak havoc in the final product – Carrie Hartford, PE, technical sales manager and senior project engineer for Jenike & Johanson Inc.

Wednesday - April 25, 2018

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Registration desk open
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

8:30 am -9:30 am

General session: Exclusive research: Achieving trust and transparency with today’s pet parents
David Sprinkle, publisher and research director for Packaged Facts
It’s no secret that pet owners don’t always trust pet food brands and companies, and these consumers also often say that they want more transparency from the brands and products they buy. What exactly does that mean to them? What do they believe pet food companies need to do to achieve greater transparency and earn consumer trust? Sprinkle reveals exclusive results from a Packaged Facts survey of US consumers to help address these questions.
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibit hall open
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Time in exhibit hall
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Petfood Forum Student Program paper oral presentations, plus meet and greet: part 2 
Career Center, Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Product Showcase presentations
Product Showcase stage, Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch
3500 rooms, Kansas City Convention Center

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel discussions (three tracks)
2500 rooms, Kansas City Convention Center

1. Insect protein: ready to take flight in pet food market? – Roundtable session moderated by Micah Kohles, DVM, director of veterinary science and outreach for Oxbow Animal Health, on an exciting and essential new ingredient category for pet food: insect protein. As the pet food industry continues to compete with a growing human population for protein sources, and pet food companies and consumers continue to seek novel proteins, insects could potentially provide many solutions. Subtopics and speakers include:

  • R&D update on insects for animal feed applications – Liz Koutsus, PhD, president of EnviroFlight. Insect-derived ingredients have potential applications in virtually all animal feeds. Animals that naturally consume insects are an obvious opportunity, while use of more sustainable protein sources is of interest for commercial agriculture species. In companion animal diets, novel protein sources for pets requiring hypoallergenic diets and sustainability concerns are of high interest. Koutsos reviews the current knowledge of these applications, emphasizing feeding trials with crickets, mealworms and black soldier fly larvae.
  • Nutritional comparisons of insects for pet food products – Mark Finke, PhD, president of Mark Finke LLC consultancy. Research suggests that commercially raised insects may be a valuable feed ingredient for many domestic animals, including pets. Finke presents data on the nutrient content of the most common mass-produced insects, along with how they might best be included in pet food formulations.
  • US regulatory update: status of FDA and AAFCO recognition of insect protein ingredients – David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DAVCN, CEO of Regulatory Discretion Inc.
  • Global perspective on insect production – Jeffery K. Tomberlin, PhD, associate professor and AgriLife Research Fellow with the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, and principle investigator of the Forensic Laboratory for Investigative Entomological Sciences (F.L.I.E.S.). Research in the F.L.I.E.S. facility examines species interactions on ephemeral resources such as vertebrate carrion, decomposing plant material and animal wastes to better understand the mechanisms regulating arthropod behavior as related to arrival, colonization and succession patterns.

Room 2502

2. What’s the next big thing? Pet food market trend outlook – roundtable session including a look at how human health product trends are driving trends in pet food, Nestlé Purina PetCare’s take on pet food brand and product transparency, and an overview of how trends play out on pet food labels in the US.

  • Human health and product transparency: driving trends in pet food – Judy Seybold, principal nutritionist for WellnessPlaceRD. There’s a strong tie between human and pet health and well-being. Seybold examines how pet owner behaviors and lifestyle have impacted pet health and provides projections for where pet health may be headed. She tracks natural product sales and identifies products in the retail marketplace that support the concept of connectivity between pet owner and pet product solutions, plus highlights future trends for manufacturers to consider in developing products and solutions to address pet needs.
  • What transparency means for a pet food market leader – Daniel Henke-Cilenti, marketing director, Purina brands, for Nestlé Purina PetCare. Transparency has become a significant, far-reaching consumer demand that no company can afford to ignore. Purina has launched a quest to be more open and show the passion that every company associate has for the work they do for pets, including their own. Henke-Cilenti explains why his company welcomes consumer demands for transparency and shares some of the ways the company is striving to be more transparent.
  • How trends play out on pet food product labels – Bruce Plantz, director of data development for Watt Global Media. The Dog and Cat Food Ingredient Center is an ingredient database of nutritional information and full ingredient lists for more than 7,000 dog food and cat food recipes currently available on the US market. Data and analysis from this unique tool for pet food formulators and R&D specialists shows how pet food brands in the US are responding to the latest market trends and consumer demands.

Room 2505

3. CEO roundtable: attracting and retaining talent in the hyper-competitive pet food industry – panel discussion led by Ed Yuhas, managing director of Kincannon & Reed Executive Search. Constantly changing regulations, consumer preferences and a retail landscape, combined with not so favorable demographics and cultural phenomena upending the way in which we view work – who will do the critical jobs working in and leading pet food companies in the future? A panel of CEOs, human resources and academic leaders share their insights on how they go about recruiting and retaining the best people in a hyper-competitive market. The panel also imparts meaningful and relevant career advice on how to best position yourself for your next career challenge. Panelists include Mary Wuestenberg, director of talent acquisition for Central Garden & Pet.

Room 2504

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee break
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

3:00 pm – 12:00 am

Exhibitor tear-down
Exhibit Hall E, Kansas City Convention Center

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing keynote: Brian Hare, PhD
Plus announcement of student paper award winners and raffle winners
Brian Hare, a scientist, New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of Dognition.com, discusses his recent research on canine cognition and his work determining dogs’ individual cognitive styles – the thinking, learning and problem-solving strategies that influence their behavior – and the nature of the bond between dogs and ourselves. How does this all influence their eating behavior?
Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center 

4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Closing reception
Barney Allis Plaza or Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center

Petfood Innovation Workshop Agenda - tentative

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Petfood Innovation Workshop registration and check-in
Lobby 2300

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Petfood Innovation Workshop continental breakfast available
Lobby 2500

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Petfood Innovation Workshop opening sessions

  • 8:00-8:30 Data and trends on new pet food product launches (speaker information to come)
  • 8:30-8:45 The new product development map in pet food – Greg Aldrich, PhD

Room 2505

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Petfood Innovation Workshop coffee break (grab and go)
Lobby 1500

9:00 am sharp

Petfood Innovation Workshop buses leave for K-State Olathe
Lobby 1500

9:45 am – 10:35 am

Station 1
K-State Olathe

10:35 am – 11:25 am

Station 2
K-State Olathe

11:25 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch with sponsored presentations

  • 11:25-12:15 Buffet/boxed sandwich lunch, networking
  • 12:15-12:45 Presentation 1 and Presentation 2 (attendees choose between them)
  • 12:45-1:00 Free time (catch up on work!)

K-State Olathe

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Station 3
K-State Olathe

1:50 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee break with sponsored presentations

  • 1:50-2:30 Coffee break with networking/free time
  • 2:30-3:00 Presentation 3 and Presentation 4 (attendees choose between them)

K-State Olathe

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Station 4
K-State Olathe

3:50 pm – 4:10 pm

Wrap-up, board buses back to Convention Center
K-State Olathe

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Petfood Innovation Workshop & Petfood Forum Opening Networking Reception
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center