Petfood Forum presents Ask the Pet Food Pro

A series of chats with experts for anyone who wants to learn more about pet food

Chat with pet food prosGet answers to your burning questions on some of the most important topics and issues for the pet food industry and, possibly, your business.

Petfood Forum presents Ask the Pet Food Pro, a new monthly series of chats launching April 28. Ask the Pet Food Pro offers access to leading pet food experts who answer your direct questions, discuss the key elements within a given situation or topic, and provide insights into addressing it.

Join this free, informal Zoom chat each month to learn what you need to know to move forward and succeed!

 To participate in multiple chats, you must register for each chat separately.

Series agenda:

July 28, 2021
Sustainability and pet food packaging — Scott Whiteside, Ph.D., professor with the Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences Department at Clemson University, explains why consumer demands for sustainability often conflict with those for premium packaging, and answers your questions about how to make your pet food packaging more sustainable. Sponsored by Peel Plastics. Register here

August 25, 2021
Pet food production line Total Cost of Ownership: Planning, pitfalls – Do you understand—or know how to determine—the Total Cost of Ownership of setting up and operating a pet food production line? Are you taking all factors into consideration that can impact your operation in the short and long term? Julian Stauffer, chief executive officer for Waldner North America, will provide an essential overview of the key factors for executing on the implementation and operation of a pet food production line as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

During this Ask the Pet Food Pro Zoom chat, Stauffer will share his expertise on the considerations and decisions that need to be made in the various project stages of implementing a pet food production line, as well as the potential pitfalls and common misconceptions that can arise in these multi-dimensional projects. Knowing what to look for and where to look for it, from project conception to ongoing production, helps mitigate cost overruns and ensure your production line operates at world-class efficiencies, meets market demands and provides a healthy ROI. Sponsored by Waldner North America. Register here.

Ask the Pet Food Pro on-demand session recordings:

Pet food recalls: Best practices and lessons learned — Michele Sayles, Ph.D., executive director of food safety and technology for Diamond Pet Food, provides her expertise on how to prevent recalls — including for contaminants like mycotoxins—and how to handle them if they occur. Watch the recording

Pet food transparency: What could be the next DCM-like issue? — Ryan Yamka, Ph.D., founder of Luna Science and Nutrition and longtime pet food nutritionist, developer and formulator, discusses and answers questions about ways the industry can step up and avoid being caught unprepared for situations like the FDA investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy and grain-free pet food. Watch the recording

Novel proteins: What the latest research says about nutritional benefits for pets — Kelly Swanson, Ph.D., professor researching comparative nutrition and nutrigenomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides answers and insights into what recent studies show about novel proteins and their effects on pet health and well-being. Sponsored by OvaInnovations. Watch the recording

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Make plans to attend Petfood Forum on Sept. 22-24, 2021 to learn from 30+ pet food industry experts. The must-attend conference will present the latest insights and research on pet food market trends, ingredients, nutrition, sustainability, safety and technology.