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April 3-5, 2017


Workshop for creating high-impact pet food products sells out, paves the way for new event in September 2016

Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins treated the sold-out attendance with a focus on the functionality, sustainability and safety challenges businesses face in creating successful high impact meat and novel protein products, the leading growth category for new pet food and treat products. 

Save the Date for September 14-15, 2016, at K-State in Manhattan, KS for the new edition of the Petfood Innovation Workshop and KSU Pet Food Experience! The Pet Food Experience component of this unique two-day event, will showcase to attendees K-State's research and expertise regarding pet foods and nutrition through educational sessions. The Petfood Innovation Workshop portion, will provide a hands-on learning experience for participants to explore new technologies and innovations involved with creating high-impact products, featuring meat and novel proteins. Registration for this event will be opening soon!

NOTE: To ensure the quality of the hands-on experience, capacity is limited to the first 200 registrants. Availability is first-come, first served.

Spring Workshop's expert Meat & Novel Proteins Demonstrator lineup (or view map):

  • Station 1 — Presented by Sonac
  • Station 2 — Presented by Extru-Tech Inc. and the Peterson Co.
  • Station 3 — Presented by F.L. Emmert Co.
  • Station 4 — Presented by Sensient Colors
  • Station 5 — Presented by APC Inc.
  • Station 6 — Presented by Videka
The unique concept for this year’s Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins, will have you engage in hands-on experimentation, making new types of high protein-based pet food and treats at the Kansas State-Olathe Food Innovation Accelerator Lab. You’ll be transported to the test kitchens where Dr. Greg Aldrich, Research Associate Professor at KSU and President of Pet Food Ingredients & Technology, will lead industry suppliers through demonstrations that provide solutions and information on high impact protein-based products.

Proteins are a hot category in the marketplace, and as pet food becomes more competitive with human food, we need to get more creative with sourcing sustainable ways to provide high impact meat and alternative protein products. Demonstrators will show how meat and other proteins react with other ingredients and binders, the effect of adding meat as an ingredient has on nutritional value and how technology can most effectively be utilized to address food safety challenges.

Petfood Innovation Workshop, April 18, 2016 (choose from 2 options):

Petfood Innovation Workshop Plus Pass (when you combine with a Petfood Forum Full Conference Pass)
$695 (Early Bird rate before Feb. 1, 2016) or $820 (regular rate after Feb. 1, 2016)


Petfood Innovation Workshop-Only Pass (you will only be attending Workshop and not Petfood Forum)
$875 (Early Bird rate before Feb. 1, 2016) or $1030 (regular rate after Feb. 1, 2016)

Workshop registration options include: Opening session featuring a pet food market and trends update, test kitchen sessions where participants take a field trip to the food innovation accelerator lab at the Kansas State University-Olathe campus, to have hands-on pet food and treat product development exercises with six different product rotations in a one-of-a-kind seminar, a full Lunch, refreshment breaks and then return for the Opening Night Reception.

Highlights from Petfood Innovation Workshop & Pet Food Experience:

Click here to read the latest press release from K-State: "Kansas State, Petfood Forum train future generation"

On October 28-30, 2015, nearly 200 participants attended Fall edition of the Petfood Innovation Workshop (Focus on Treats) & K-State Pet Food Experience at K-State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Major pet food manufacturing companies were represented along with entrepreneurs from smaller companies, leaders from trade associations, and regulatory officials from various states. There were 19 participants that identified as President, CEO, COO, Founder, or Vice President. The vast majority of the remainder held leadership positions in research and development, operations and procurement, and sales and marketing.

Beyond Kansas the participants came from 22 states, and 7 countries (Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Mexico, Thailand). The event was supported by two colleges and three departments with 28 student posters, and 8 faculty presentations were made during the research and general sessions. There was also four K-State alumni as featured keynote speakers, including 2 members of the Governor's office (Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Jackie McClaskey and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Mr. Steve Kelley). Notably, there were 31 students (Undergraduate and Graduate) providing helpful guidance to guests and serving as activity leaders

Click here to check out videos captured during the Workshop demonstrations, or here for some snap shots in our photo gallery.

7:00 am - 8:00 amPetfood Innovation Workshop registration and check-in
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center
7:00 am - 8:00 amPetfood Innovation Workshop continental breakfast available
Lobby 2500, Kansas City Convention Center
7:00 am - 7:30 pmPetfood Forum registration and check-in
Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center
8:00 am - 8:30 amPetfood Innovation Workshop opening session: High-meat and high-protein trends in pet food
Room 2505, Kansas City Convention Center
Featured speaker David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, shares data, trends and insights on high-meat and high-protein pet food, including how high meat levels and exotic proteins tie into natural pet food purchasing, the paleo/wilderness trend, culinary crossovers from human food—think flavors and meat cookery terms on labels—and the retail channels in which these pet food products are seeing the most success.
8:30 am - 8:45 amPetfood Innovation Workshop coffee break (grab and go)
Lobby 1500, Kansas City Convention Center
8:45 amPetfood Innovation Workshop buses leave for KSU-Olathe
Lobby 1500, Kansas City Convention Center
9:30 amStations, lunch and afternoon coffee break at KSU-Olathe
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9:30 am - 10:15 amRotation 1
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10:25 am - 11:10 amRotation 2
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11:10 am - 12:00 pmLunch
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12:00 pm - 12:45 pmRotation 3
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12:55 pm - 1:40 pmRotation 4
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1:40 pm - 2:15 pmCoffee break
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2:15 pm - 3:00 pmRotation 5
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3:15 pm - 3:55 pmRotation 6
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4:00 pm - 4:10 pmWorkshop buses depart KSU-Olathe for KCCC
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5:30 pm - 7:30 pmPetfood Forum/Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016 opening reception
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center
8:00 am - 5:30 pmPetfood Forum exhibitor move-in
Exhibit Hall E, Pet Food Processing & Safety Learning Center
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmPetfood Forum/Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016 Taste of Kansas City opening reception
Grand Ballroom D, Kansas City Convention Center