Petfood Innovation Workshop & Pet Food Experience at Kansas State
This year’s Petfood Innovation Workshop and Pet Food Experience at Kansas State University (KSU) in Manhattan, Kan., Oct. 28-30 saw nearly 200 participants. Each of the major pet food manufacturing companies were represented, along with entrepreneurs from smaller companies, leaders from trade associations and regulatory officials from various states.
Participants came from 22 states as well as Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Mexico and Thailand. There were 19 participants that identified as president, CEO, COO, founder or vice president of their respective organizations; the remainder held leadership positions in research and development, operations and procurement, and sales and marketing.
Workshop participants got their hands sticky, their clothes dirty, walked a few extra miles and even wore hairnets to learn how to make pet treats using new ingredients such as sorghum and miscanthus, as well as new applications for gelatin, brewer’s yeast and palatants.
The event was supported by two colleges and three departments with 28 student posters, and eight faculty presentations were made during the research and general sessions.
Presentations from industry speakers included Kansas Deputy Secretary of Commerce Steve Kelly and Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. In addition, Kathy Gross, PhD, director of global clinical nutrition and claims for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and John Kuenzi, CEO of Rubicon Scientific and former president/CEO of premium pet food manufacturer C.J. Foods, shared their insights and experiences with pet food innovation. KSU faculty presented their research on extrusion, sensory applications, vitamin degradation, contaminant mitigation, sorghum usage and insect infestation in pet food.
Future Petfood Forum Dates
Petfood Forum Asia 2016: March 30, 2016, Bangkok
Petfood Forum and Petfood Innovation Workshop 2016: April 18-20, 2016, Kansas City, Mo.
Petfood Forum China 2016: Aug. 19, 2016, Shanghai
Petfood Innovation Workshop & K-State’s Pet Food Experience 2016: Fall 2016 (date TBD)