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  series of chats that launched in 2021. 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 to learn what you need to know to move forward and succeed!

Upcoming chats:

Wednesday, June 8 | 10:00 am CDT
Optimize your pet food ingredient supply chain challenges Drew Turner, regional sales manager for Coperion’s Food Industry Market, discusses the measures pet food producers are making to their feeding and conveying practices when switching out ingredients due to supply chain or cost issues. Sponsored by Coperion. Register here

Ask the Pet Food Pro on-demand session recordings:

Coloring pet food and treats: Understanding technical, regulatory aspects — Ashlee Martin, senior pet food application scientist for Oterra, discusses the use of colorants in pet food and treats, and how to help you get the best results when using colors in your product. In addition, she will address questions related to the regulatory landscape when using colorants. Sponsored by Oterra. Watch the recording

Using clean label ingredients in pet food and treats — Ellis Liu, Ph.D., technical manager-pet food for Ingredion Inc., explains what clean label pet food ingredients are and how to utilize them in complete diet and treat applications, as well as with different processes. With his many years of experience in both human food and pet food, this expert will answer all your questions about incorporating these ingredients into your brand’s pet foods and treats. Sponsored by Ingredion Inc. Watch the recording

Pet food mycotoxins: How to test and prepare for 2022 — Mycotoxins are a common issue for pet food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers, requiring constant monitoring and vigilance to prevent contamination of pet foods. Do you have a testing strategy, and do you know how to watch and prepare for possible contamination in the coming months? Christy Swoboda, technical services director with Romer Labs, discussed projected mycotoxin prevalence in 2022, tips for monitoring and testing, and other best practices to follow. She was joined by Randall Ford, chief scientific officer with Red Collar Pet Foods. Watch the recording

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

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. Watch the recording

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, provides 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. Sponsored by Waldner North America. Watch the recording

Want access to more pet food experts?

Make plans to attend Petfood Forum on May 2-4, 2022 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.