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Petfood Forum

Where the Global Petfood Industry does business.

April 18-20, 2016


New theme for Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016 released, registration opened

Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016 will take place on April 18, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo., featuring a new theme for the interactive and unique 1-day workshop opener for the Petfood Forum 2016 conference and exhibition.

Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins will again feature a one-of-a-kind hands-on format for participants, which in 2015 spurred registrations to hit maximum capacity months in advance. Registrants will be transported to the Kansas State-Olathe Food Innovation Accelerator Lab where they will rotate amongst different stations and engage in the creation of new types of pet food!

Click here to register now and reserve your place, capacity will be limited to the first 200 registrants.

Early Bird Special! Petfood Innovation Workshop (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.

Petfood Innovation Workshop: Meat & Novel Proteins schedule details coming soon!

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.

Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016: Additional details for hands-on demonstration Topic and Schedule will appear here soon!