Agenda

Petfood Forum tentative schedule of events

Monday, May 1

7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Petfood Essentials

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Registration
Lobby 2300

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Exhibitor move-in
Halls C, D and E

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Petfood Forum and Petfood Essentials opening reception
Kansas City Power & Light District

Tuesday, May 2

7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Registration
Lobby 2300

7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cash coffee bar
Lobby 2300

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast
Room 2215 A-C

8-8:50 a.m.

Welcome and opening keynote: David Allison, What Valuegraphics can tell you about your pet food consumers

Allison will share the common core values of pet owners, based on an exclusive survey conducted uniquely for Petfood Forum to help brands and companies anticipate consumer behaviors and needs for the types of pet foods and treats they seek to buy.

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Exhibit hall open
Halls C, D and E

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Coffee break
Halls C, D and E

9:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Petfood Forum Student Program research presentations and education session
Future of Pet Food Pavilion, Halls C, D and E

9:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pet Food Tech Talks
Pet Food Tech Talk Stage, Halls C, D and E

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch
Halls C, D and E

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch n’ Learn sessions

Pet Food Tech Talk Stage, Halls D and E

1:30-3:55 p.m.

Concurrent sessions: Understanding today’s pet owners, going to market

1:30-2:35 — Roundtable: Pet owner perceptions of companion animal nutrition

  • Leveraging human food and nutrition trends to develop taste and nutritional solutions for pets — Soumya Nair, global consumer research & insights director, Kerry Group
  • Exploring nutrition among pet food shopper segments in the post-pandemic marketplace — Doug Barton, CEO, Trone
  • Pet owner attitudes toward pet probiotics in pet food, treats and supplements — Lidiia Alaverdova, head of global marketing, AHN and global pet portfolio, Chr.Hansen

3:15-3:50 — Bringing a new product to market: Lessons learned — James Peterson, Ph.D., technical advisor, Pet Food Solutions

1:30-3:55 p.m.

Concurrent sessions: Novel pet food ingredients and nutrition concepts

1:30-2:00 — Quantifying the environmental impact of pet food ingredients and products via life cycle analysis — Sean Madison, director of North American business development, Innovafeed

2:05-2:35 — New developments in processing meat-analog pet foods — Alexandre Riethmuller, process engineer, Clextral

3:15-3:55 — Roundtable: Inflammation insights

Inflammageing in the domestic cat: A longitudinal study — Emma Bermingham, Ph.D., principal scientist, We Are Illume
Managing low-grade chronic inflammation through pet food diets — Ashley Wagner, technical sales manager, Probiotech International

1:30-3:55 p.m.

Concurrent sessions: Unknotting the pet food supply chain

1:30-2:35 — Roundtable: Seeking supply chain, inflation solutions

How pet food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers can capture cost savings — Douglas McArthur, general manager, Supply Tigers
Integrating plant floor automation to alleviate quality, supply, labor shortage issues — Heather Johnson, automation manager, Interstates
Busting the top 4 myths to achieve sustainability in pet food (despite supply chain constraints) — Adam Walker, senior sustainability manager, and Jonathan Dressler, project manager associate, CRB

3:15-3:50 — Pet protein ingredients from smaller meat and poultry processors: Challenges and opportunities — Dave Carter, regional director for technical assistance coordination, Flower Hill Institute

1:30-3:55 p.m.

Concurrent sessions: Pet food regulatory and safety innovations

>> Sponsored by: Ecolab 

1:30-2:00 — Audit processes in pet food: Regulatory, customer, sustainability, GFSI — Billie Johnson, Ph.D., food safety and regulatory compliance manager, BHJ USA

2:05-2:35 — Pet food recall readiness — John Johnson, senior counsel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

3:15-3:55 — Roundtable: New preservation research

Preservation next-generation pet food — Sara Cutler, Ph.D., senior technical service manager, Kemin Nutrisurance
Raw material shelf life impacts performance and palatability of pet food — Brittany White, Ph.D., director, product development, innovation and applied research, Simmons Pet food

2:35-3:15 p.m.

Coffee break
Halls C, D and E

4-6 p.m.

Networking reception
Halls C, D and E

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Student and industry research poster meet-and-greet
Future of Pet Food Pavilion, Halls C, D and E

Wednesday, May 3

7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration
Lobby 2300

7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cash coffee bar
Lobby 2300

7:15-8:15 a.m.

Breakfast

8:15-9 a.m.

Wednesday eye-opener session: Mary Kelly, Futurenomics: Turning crisis into clarity for your team and organization

Kelly will present Futurenomics: an economic snapshot of all the issues affecting the economy — and pet food businesses — now, including inflation, staffing shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions. She will provide solutions and handouts to help attendees understand how to best lead teams through difficult situations

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Exhibit hall open
Halls C, D and E

9:30-10 a.m.

Coffee break
Halls C, D and E

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Petfood Forum Student Program presentations
Future of Pet Food Pavilion, Halls C, D and E

11:30-11:45 a.m.

Announcement of student research competition awards
Future of Pet Food Pavilion, Halls C, D and E

9:35-11:45 a.m.

Pet Food Tech Talks
Pet Food Tech Talk Stage, Halls D and E

11:45 a.m. -1 p.m.

Lunch
Halls C, D and E

1-2:15 p.m.

General session: By David Sprinkle plus panel Q&A: What’s next for pet food?

2:15-3 p.m.

Ice cream social and raffle
Halls C, D and E

 

Monday, May 1; All activities will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center

7:45-8:30 a.m.

Registration/check-in with light breakfast & coffee

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Welcome and opening session: Alternative pet foods market update

A market research expert provides the latest data and trends on the categories of raw, freeze-dried, dehydrated and similar pet foods, plus an outlook on drivers for future growth.

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Session 2: Nutritional research on minimally processed pet diets: What we know and still need to understand
Speaker: James Templeman, Ph.D., adjunct professor at the University of Guelph and a nutritionist with Primal Pet Foods

Research findings on studies designed and conducted to validate the nutritional benefits of feeding these alternative types of complete and balanced diets.

10:30-11 a.m.

Coffee break

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Session 3: What processing means for alternative pet foods
Speaker: Mary-Grace Danao, Ph.D., research associate professor at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska

Defining high-pressure processing, freeze-drying and dehydration technology and other ways to safely process alternative pet foods without changing their formats.

 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Session 4: Packaging, distributing, and retailing

A packaging and distribution expert provides an overview of the latest research and tips on packaging and shelf-life considerations for alternative pet foods, including cold chains for raw/frozen products.

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Session 5: Safety and testing for alternative pet foods
Speaker: Samuel Kiprotich, Ph.D. student at Kansas State University

Samuel Kiprotich, Ph.D. student at Kansas State University, shares research on using new food additives to keep alternative pet foods safe and pathogen-free. He also gives an overview of other safety methods, including high pressure processing, irradiation, and microwaves.

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Wrap-up: Groups’ presentations and judging of the ideas

4:15-5 p.m.

Petfood Essentials mixer