Find inspiration for your next pet food product at Petfood Forum Europe 2024

The pet food market continues to see more innovation in new product development than human food.

“About a third of pet food product introductions in the last five years were from new companies or brands, which is much higher than what we see in human food. And the greatest percentage of pet food launches appeared in Europe,” according to Lynn Dornblaser, director of Innovation & Insight at Mintel, in the article “3 key global pet food trends emerge,” published on Petfood Industry.

Kickstart your next pet food product launch at Petfood Forum Europe

With a focus on fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing, inspiration for your next pet food project is within reach. Petfood Forum Europe provides a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with industry experts, share ideas and establish valuable partnerships.

Petfood Forum Europe is scheduled for 6 May at Nuremberg Messe in Nuremberg, Germany, and will be once again co-located with Interzoo 2024 taking place 7-10 May.

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Meet the speakers:

Lidiia Alaverdova

Lidiia Alaverdova, DVM, head of global marketing, animal and plant health and nutrition, Chr. Hansen, provides a deep understanding of usage, drivers and current beliefs of pet parents around probiotics and the latest trends in human health.

Zsoka Ardai

Zsoka Ardai, climate and sustainable sourcing European lead, Mars, outlines the forecasted climate impact on the pet food supply chain in Europe, showing crop and meat production likely to decline in the next 10 years, along with the degradation of soil.

Chloé Champion

Chloé Champion, pet food business developer, Agronutris, explains the relevance of comparing the insect industry — still a relatively young sector with daily progress being made in insect nutrition and rearing — with the evolution of more mature protein sectors such as pork, broiler and whiteleg shrimp.

Isabella Corsato Alvarenga, Ph.D.

Isabella Corsato Alvarenga, Ph.D., post-doctorate researcher, Colorado State University, shares results of a study assessing the effect of thermomechanical energy on resistant starch yield in final pet foods and subsequent effects on the gut health of dogs.

Ed de Souza

Ed de Souza, extrusion systems process director, Wenger Manufacturing, presents a breakthrough processing technology that allows for monitoring the energy source for gentle cooking of a pet food recipe by enhancing thermal energy and lowering mechanical shear.

David Molenberghs

David Molenberghs, co-founder and chief innovation officer, Smoofl, explores the importance of pivoting the pet snack and food industry, where innovation often leans heavily on scientific development, to a design-centric philosophy that elevates the standard pet snack and other products into a crafted experience.

Ally Motta

Ally Motta, application specialist, MicroHarvest, provides an overview of the nutritional aspects of microbial protein, then delves into pet food shoppers’ receptivity to this novel ingredient, as well as pet acceptance, or palatability.

Francesca Susca

Francesca Susca, DVM, Ph.D., global pet product manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, illustrates the main differences between yeast and bacteria cells and how those differences, together with the strain specificity and applied production process, affect the functionalities of the derived postbiotic solutions.

Aleksandra Szopinska, Ph.D.

Aleksandra Szopinska, Ph.D., senior innovation and NPD Manager, Livalta/AB Agri, shares knowledge about various yeast and their derivatives, and their potential to reduce pathogenic pressure for companion animals. New experimental results reveal more insights about factors involved in a bacteria anti-adhesive/binding phenomenon that may become an important tool for future prophylactics that prevent adherence of pathogenic enterobacteria to mucosal surfaces in the gastrointestinal tract of dogs.

Mingyang Jeremy Zhu

Mingyang Jeremy Zhu, master student, Wagingen University and Research, presents results of a study investigating the mineral bioavailability in commercial plant-based dog foods compared to conventional animal-based dog foods.

Register today

Don’t miss the opportunity to find inspiration, expand your knowledge and connect with pet food professionals from around the globe. Register today for Petfood Forum Europe and be part of the conversation shaping the future of the pet food industry.

Registration includes a full day of educational presentations, multiple networking coffee breaks, lunch and a networking reception. Registration for Interzoo is included with the fee to attend.

  • Early Bird rate (available 6 December – 31 March) –  €487 Euros ($525 USD)
  • Standard rate (available 31 March – 6 May)  –  €510 Euros ($550 USD)