Latest product innovations to take the stage at Petfood Forum

Discover new technologies, see future trends and meet the professionals that are shaping the pet food landscape at Petfood Forum. The Pet Food Tech Talk Stage showcases the latest products and capabilities from suppliers and innovators assisting pet food companies worldwide.

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The Pet Food Tech Talk Stage will be in a semi-enclosed area on the Exhibit Hall Floor and will seat approximately 75 people in theater style chair with a podium, projection equipment and microphone for the presenters. Companies will have 10-minute time slots with 5 minutes for Q&A, to present their information to an attending audience.

Don’t miss your chance to be among the first to hear about these emerging pet food products and capabilities!

Thursday, Sept. 23

10:05 am – 10:20 am | Waldner NA | Presenter: Julian Stauffer, CEO
>> Description: Applying total cost of ownership to packaging format change implementation – The tin can is a comfortable package format for most pet food manufacturers. The product and process are proven. The can is not going anywhere, but the marketplace is shifting and a balance between different package formats is recommended to reach new consumers. For manufacturers contemplating shifting to cups or pouches, there are operational challenges on the horizon and applying a Total Cost of Ownership perspective throughout the process can be the difference between a successful implementation and a constant battle.

10:25 am – 10:40 am | Cargill – Diamond V | Presenter: Sharon Norton, Ph.D., Director, Companion Animal Research & Technical Support
>> Description: Top 10 reasons to use postbiotics for pets – Join Cargill as we take a deeper dive into the “Top 10 reasons to use postbiotics for pets.” Dr.  Norton will share insights into the benefits of postbiotics in pets, how they’re measured and product applications such as TruMune® postbiotic.

10:45 am – 11:00 am | Shick Esteve | Presenter: Steve Plas, Non-Executive Director of Frazer-Nash Manufacturing Ltd
>> Description: Hygienic design for the handling of wet extrudate – Food safety is a major aspect for all areas of pet food production. Wet extrudate, prior to the loading of the dryer, can be a source of microbiological activity. We will share key design elements that a manufacturer should consider when designing this pneumatic handling system.

11:05 am – 11:20 am | Zinpro | Presenter: Brent Kirn, Zinpro Pet Specialist
>> Description: Nutrition you can see in senior dogs – In this tech talk, we will share results of nutrition you can see in senior dogs. Senior pets represent about one third of the pet population and suffer skin and coat challenges. The outcomes of offering dogs, averaging 9.8 years of age trace minerals in the form of sulfates, Availa® or Propath® were visible to say the least. Fortifying a common dog food with Zinpro Performance Minerals® resulted in greater hair growth rate and length.

11:25 am – 11:40 am | Pet Food Competence Network | Presenter: Csaba Borsfai, Senior coordinator and technology expert for wet and dry pet food
>> Description: Technology + industry experience + application knowledge = competency – To gain a foothold in this market, to take your existing products or plant to the next level or to exploit new technologies you need full-spectrum supply and support at every single stage – from raw ingredients in, to pallets out. Establishing this infrastructure takes time, effort and money, before you will see any form of revenue. This is where the Petfood Competence Network becomes your most powerful ally.

11:45 am – 12:00 am | The Powers Company | Presenter: Dr. Donte Vaughn, DM, MSM, Vice President Chief Culture Officer & Managing Partner, CultureWorx
>> Description: Maximizing your leadership culture to increase production capacity: Performing “Cultural C.P.R” – To maximize your production capacity, you must maximize the capacity of your front-line leaders and their ability to engage and interact with stakeholders in a manner that ensures optimal performance daily. Take the first steps in learning how to connect the company culture you desire to specific leadership behaviors that drive better performance outcomes. Learn the “Cultural C.P.R.” methodology to “breathe new life” into your leadership culture. CPR = Consciousness + Practice + Results

Friday, Sept. 24

10:05 am – 10:20 am | Lonza | Presenter: Aouatef Bellamine Ph.D., Sr. Science Manager R&D Capsules & Health Ingredients
>> Description: L-carnitine inclusion in treats can prevent weight gain by increasing satiety – Dogs rewarded excessive treats are prone to develop obesity. Lonza Capsules and Health Ingredients assessed the effects of Carniking® L-carnitine when labrador retrievers are fed 110% and 120% over maintenance energy requirements (MER). Dogs were randomized to control, 236 mg/d or 492 mg/d L-carnitine at 110% or 120% MER. The study showed, L-carnitine led to a reduction in feed consumption and body weight, and an increase in lean/fat ratio and basic metabolic rate. Carniking® L-carnitine inclusion in treats can prevent weight gain by increasing satiety.

10:25 am – 10:40 am | Redzone Software |Presenter: William Bond, National Account Director
>> Description: Front line teams in pet food manufacturing realize miraculous results with Redzone’s Digital Production System – Inform and educate pet food manufacturing operations management executives in particular on digital plant transformations and the results that can be accomplished. Its about understanding people are a companies greatest asset, when connected, teams perform miracles and people win together.

10:45 am – 11:00 am | GEA | Presenter: Klaus-Rudolf Raths, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Food & Healthcare Technologies
>> Description: Impact of flour and grain moisture content and granulometry on extruder performance – With only one or a few extrusion lines, manufacturers face challenges when producing products with many different recipes and ingredients. Variations in flour and grain moisture content and granulometry may impacty the performance of the extruder. If not managed properly, it can impact the quality and consistency of the extruded product. This presentation will illustrate how to overcome these problems with the right extrusion technology, automation and the associated up and down stream set up.

11:05 am – 11:20 am | Fiberstar | Presenter: Dr. Brock Lundberg, Ph.D., President of R&D and Applications
>> Description: Citrus Fiber: A natural emulsifier used in pet food and treats – The pet market demands clean label ingredients using sustainable processes. One clean label solution, citrus fiber, provides high water holding and emulsification properties while maintaining neutral taste and improved texture. As a result, citrus fiber binds the pet food matrix, provides moistness, enhances the meat-like texture, and binds oil. Learn how citrus fiber provides these multiple functionalities in addition to stabilizing up to 60% oil in oil-in-water emulsion at low inclusion rates in pet foods.

11:25 am – 11:40 am | Hush Blackwell | Presenter: Ryann Glenn, Partner
>> Description: Food Safety and Fido: Managing FSMA requirements and pet product recalls – This presentation will provide an update on how companies are managing FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) compliance and the issues identified by FDA during inspections, as well as the types of hazards animal food, especially raw pet food companies, need to manage.  In addition, the presentation will provide helpful tips in crafting Food Safety Plans, tips for developing recall plans for all types of pet product, and how to hedge future litigation risk.