Eric Altom, Ph.D.


Technical Nutritionist


Balchem Corporation

Presentation description:

New ingredient research roundup: Value additions to protein co-products for pet treats — Eric Altom, Ph.D., technical nutritionist, Balchem Corp., explains a recent study, conducted with Charles Starkey, Ph.D., Auburn University, that helps provide a better understanding of the unique characteristics and functionality of animal-based protein co-products and controlled-release protein restructuring technology to create value-added pet products. Pet parents continue to demand products that contain higher concentrations of meat for their pets. However, meat proteins can be very difficult to properly transform into an aesthetically pleasing end product. This session helps attendees to understand the formulation applications and processing benefits of microencapsulated protein forming technology.


Beth Vann is the manager of market strategy at CMD Corporation, with diverse experience in a variety of industries in B-B and B-C environments, both domestically and internationally. Throughout her 28-year career, Vann has demonstrated results in developing, aligning and implementing corporate and market specific strategies that increase brand awareness, grow market share and drive innovation to achieve goals and objectives. Vann has worked in the pet food market space periodically throughout her career to identify emerging trends, drivers and unmet needs, via a variety of research methodologies, and has most recently conducted Voice of the Customers (VOC) interviews with standup pouch converters and brand owners to understand their packaging equipment needs.