Petfood Essentials

Petfood Essentials: Production and Safety A to Z

NEW in 2020, Petfood Essentials will take place the day prior to the commencement of Petfood Forum on April 27, 2020.

This new event offers an overview of two of the most essential areas of dry pet food: production and safety. Starting with ingredients, then moving to dry kibble processing to packaging and stages in between, top industry experts will help you understand the key steps and functions of each stage of product development and production – plus the all-important aspects of quality, safety and testing.

Each session will provide an interactive, informal environment for learning what you need to know about pet food production and safety. Plus, you can network with other pet food professionals and interact with leading industry suppliers offering products and services in each of the topic areas.

Who should attend? This pre-con will have benefit for newcomers to pet food, pet food professionals looking to brush up on their skills with the latest on production and processing, as well as those looking to establish networking connections in an intimate and focused educational setting.

View the Petfood Essentials agenda

Sessions at a glance:

  1. Ingredient selection and sourcing

Speaker: Serge Boutet, agrologist and animal nutrition expert, SB Nutrinnov Consultants

  • Based on defined claims, functionality, production and regulatory parameters, which ingredients/ingredient categories are you targeting?
  • What is the available supply on an ongoing basis?
  • How do costs factor in?
  • What about considerations such as sustainability, local sourcing, animal welfare claims, etc.?
  • Which of your approved ingredient suppliers can fulfill the needs?
  • If you need to seek new suppliers, what are tips and questions to consider?
  1. Batching, mixing, grinding and milling

Speaker: Charles Stark, Ph.D., associate professor of feed technology, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University

  • What upstream processes are necessary to prepare ingredients/the mix before main production?
  • What types of equipment can perform these processes?
  • How might the processes impact your ingredient selection or formulation, or further production?
  • What are the cost considerations of these necessary steps?
  1. Preconditioning and extrusion

Speaker: Ron Tribelhorn, food process engineer, former section head for Procter & Gamble/Iams Pet Food Co.

  • Why use a preconditioner, and what are the most important preconditioning parameters, settings, etc.?
  • What are the main steps of the extrusion process, and what is the function of each?
  • What are the different types of extruders and preconditioners, and which is most appropriate for what kind of product, price point, etc.?
  • Where and when in the process can you make adjustments or changes to improve your final product?
  1. Coating, cooling and drying

Speaker: Griffiths G. Atungulu, Ph.D., associate professor & agricultural/food engineer, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

  • What are the key purposes of each of these production steps?
  • What types of coatings might be applied to pet food or treats – what are functional benefits?
  • What types of equipment are used, and which is most appropriate for what kind of product, process, price point, etc.?
  • What are the key safety considerations of each step?
  • Are there new types of technologies or processes being studied?
  1. Packaging

Speaker: William (Scott) Whiteside, Ph.D., Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences Department, Clemson University

  • What are the main types of packaging available for various products and the benefits/drawbacks of each?
  • What types of packaging equipment are available, and for which type of product/purpose?
  • What are the important considerations for functions like filling and seaming?
  • What role can/does sustainability play in the various packaging materials and types?
  1. Quality, safety and other testing

Speaker: Michele Sayles, Ph.D., executive director of food safety and quality, Diamond Pet Food

  • What are the main and most relevant safety programs to follow – HACCP, GMPs, third-party safety certifications?
  • How do you ensure quality and consistency of raw materials from your ingredient suppliers? How can vendor audits help?
  • How can you ensure the pre-extrusion/ingredient preparation steps and equipment meet all required safety protocols and standards?
  • What are the safety considerations of extrusion – how is extrusion a proven kill step for contaminants?
  • How is safety assured during coating, drying and cooling – especially, how to prevent re-contamination after the extrusion kill step?
  • How is safety ensured during the packaging process? When does finished product testing occur, and are batches held awaiting test results?

Space is limited for this workshop, so reserve your place today! Super Early Bird registration is now open. Learn more about registration options.