Petfood Forum Europe 2022 schedule of events

Meeting location: NCC Ost, Hall Sydney meeting room at the Nürnberg Convention Center

8:30-9:30

Registration and check-in

9:30-10:15

Welcome and opening session: Global and European pet food market and trends update
Kate Vlietstra, associate director, Mintel

Kate Vlietstra, associate director at Mintel Food and Drink, discusses the biggest opportunities set to impact the pet food market in 2022 and beyond. She shares data-driven recommendations and projections of the changes that lie ahead in the next five years. Vlietstra also explores a range of topics including healthy snacking formats, the accelerated humanization of pets and opportunities in sustainable pet food.

10:15-10:45

Advancing in-home test protocols to assess digestibility of dog and cat foods
Evelien Bos, MSc, Ph.D. candidate, Wageningen University & Research

Evelien Bos, a Ph.D. candidate at Wageningen University & Research, gives insight in the protocol requirements of in-home digestibility testing with privately owned dogs and cats. Data obtained are directly applicable and in-home testing caters to societal concerns about animal test facilities.

10:45-11:15

Coffee break

11:15-11:45

Mealworm protein hydrolysates as a novel ingredient for pet food
Lorena Sanchez, Ph.D., R&D manager, Ynsect

Lorena Sanchez, Ph.D., R&D manager for Ynsect, discusses mealworm protein hydrolysates as a novel ingredient for pet food. The product is nutritionally interesting since it has a high amino acid score and has improved digestibility. From a health point of view, the increased peptide fraction may lead to formation of bioactive peptides and reduced potential food adverse reactions in pets.

11:45-12:15

Application of black soldier fly fat in pet food formulations
Aman Paul, Ph.D., director-product development, Protix

Aman Paul, Ph.D., director-product development, Protix, focuses on the application of black soldier fly (BSF) fats in pet food formulations. This session highlights the sustainability and health aspects related to insect-based ingredients, specifically BSF fats, including the low carbon footprint and antimicrobial, antioxidant and brain health improvement potential.

12:15-12:45

Novel ingredients in pet food: Challenges and opportunities
Cristina Murcia García, Ph.D., and Elena Fraccaroli, DVM, technical service managers, Kemin Nutrisurance 

Cristina Murcia García, Ph.D., and Elena Fraccaroli, DVM, both technical service managers for Kemin Nutrisurance Europe, present their research analyzing different novel ingredients (insect proteins and oils, novel plant-based marine sources) and the potential to use these ingredients in dry pet food. Fatty acids profile, mineral content and other factors were considered to assess their suitability to be incorporated into pet food diets.

12:45-14:00

Lunch

14:00-14:30

Potato fiber: Unique mix of soluble, insoluble fibers for improving pet intestinal health, addressing obesity
Alice Rime, global account manager, business developer, pet food, Roquette Frères

Alice Rime, global account manager and business developer of pet food for Roquette Frères, shares research on potato fiber, a unique mix of soluble and insoluble fibers that can replace beet pulp in pet food without affecting palatability and digestive tolerance and address obesity. Studies show that potato fiber is more palatable and shows better fecal consistency and weight than beet pulp.

14:30-15:00

Using circular economy model for environmental improvement of a wet pet food plant
Francois Duquesne, general director, La Normandise Petfood

Francois Duquesne, general director at La Normandise, shares insight on how to use a circular economy model for the environmental improvement of a wet pet food plant. In 2012, Normandise started an energy audit with the ISO 50001 standards and identified significant energy uses in the plant. Sharing the success of this project will help other plants produce a more environmentally friendly wet pet food and improve the whole environmental impact of the pet food industry.

15:00-15:30

Coffee break

15:30-16:00

New technique to assess omega-3 status in cell membranes of pets
Tonje Dominguez, director QRILL Specialty Animal Nutrition Products, Aker BioMarine Antarctic; and Hanna Lindqvist, project leader, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Tonje Dominguez, director of QRILL specialty animal nutrition products at Aker BioMarine, and Hanna Lindqvist, a project leader for the Department of Animal Environment and Health at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, present a new and innovative technique for measuring the omega-3 index (O3I) in pets and how it can be used to map the efficiency of various omega-3 forms used in pet food. The O3I is considered the gold standard for determining the omega-3 levels in people and animals. This newer, simpler technique has been available for humans for a while. Now a new study has made the technique available for pets, and a second study shows how it is used to measure differences in omega-3 status using different sources in pet food.

16:00-16:30 

How pet food mix packs and multi packs fit with sustainability
Dieter Mössner, global key account manager, Gerhard Schubert

Dieter Mößner, global key account manager for Gerhard Schubert GmbH, outlines the challenges that the petfood industry has with evolving supply chains and changing end-customer behavior regarding product and package sustainability. The presentation illustrates practical examples and case studies offering solutions.

16:30-18:00 

Reception