Participate in hands-on product development exercises at one-of-a-kind workshop
This is a first-hand experience you won’t want to miss! Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins will 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. This unique workshop will feature hands-on learning and activities.
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See below for the tentative schedule. NOTE: To ensure the quality of the hands-on experience, capacity is limited to the first 200 registrants. Availability is first-come, first served. The 2015 event sold out well in advance, so to guarantee your place, register soon.
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"
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
CEO, COO, Founder, or Vice President. The vast majority of the remainder
leadership positions in research and development, operations and
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.
Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins tentative schedule (subject to change):
7:00-8:00 am Petfood Innovation Workshop registration and check-in, Lobby 2300, Kansas City Convention Center (KCCC)
7:00-8:00 am Petfood Innovation Workshop continental breakfast available, Lobby 2500, KCCC
8:00-8:30 am Petfood Innovation Workshop opening session: High-meat and high-protein trends in pet food, Room 2505, KCCC
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.
8:30-8:45 am Petfood Innovation Workshop coffee break (grab and go), Lobby 1500, KCCC
8:45 am sharp Petfood Innovation Workshop buses leave for KSU-Olathe, Lobby 1500, KCCC
9:30 am-4:00 pm Stations, lunch and afternoon coffee break at KSU-Olathe:
9:30-10:15 am Rotation 1
10:25-11:10 am Rotation 2
11:10 am-12:00 pm Lunch
12:00-12:45 pm Rotation 3
12:55-1:40 pm Rotation 4
1:40-2:15 pm Coffee break
2:15-3:00 pm Rotation 5
3:10-3:55 pm Rotation 6
4:00-4:10 pm Workshop buses depart KSU-Olathe for KCCC
5:30-7:30 pm Petfood Forum/Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016 opening reception, Grand Ballroom D, KCCC