Table of Contents

Monday, April 18, 2016

Opening Session

Meat and novel protein trends in pet food
David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

9:30-10:15 am

General session: Making sense of pet food specialty trends in 2016
Maria Lange, business group director for GfK’s pet specialty sales tracking

Nutrition concurrent sessions

1:15-1:55 pm

Emerging regulatory crisis for pet food ingredients
Ray Matulka, PhD, director of toxicology for the Burdock Group

2:00-2:40 pm

Genetic make-up: a new path to understand cats’ taste preference drivers
Emelie LeClerc, PhD, research scientist for Diana Pet Food, and Leslie A. Lyons, PhD, professor of comparative medicine at the University of Missouri

3:20-4:00 pm

New AAFCO dog and cat food nutrient profiles: Are you ready?
David Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN, CEO of Regulatory Discretion

4:05-4:45 pm

Dietary sustainability of modern pet foods: science, culture and marketing
Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, associate professor of clinical nutrition at Cornell University Veterinary College

Ingredient concurrent sessions

1:15-1:55 pm

New profit stream for grain sorghum: sensory profiles and consumer acceptance of dry dog food
Brizio Di Donfrancesco, graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University

2:00-2:40 pm

Role of novel proteins in the future of pet food and treats
Mark J. Mendal, founder of Pet Proteins

3:20-4:00 pm

4:05-4:45 pm

Using ingredients as a supplemental, natural color source
Frank Ballard, CEO of HBH Pet Products and Ballard Manufacturing

Market/product development concurrent sessions

1:15-1:55 pm

What’s next? Trends and insights shaping natural pet food products
Eric Pierce, director of business insights for New Hope Network

2:00-2:40 pm

Concept to kibble: insights into pet food product development
Ryan Yamka, PhD, senior vice president of R&D, QA and nutrition for Blue Buffalo Co.

3:20-4:00 pm

Menu to bowl: human food trends driving pet food product development
Jessica Jones-Dille, category director for Mane

4:05-4:45 pm

Rebranding pet food: strategies and success stories
Stefan Hartung, executive creator for Ideas That Kick, and Melissa Ross, director of marketing and education for Oxbow Animal Health

Production/safety concurrent sessions

1:15-1:45 pm

New eco-efficient solution to recover energy, water, and reduce odor in pet food extrusion
Anders Haubjerg, senior process engineer for Graintec A/S

1:45-2:15 pm

Analytical techniques for assessing carbohydrates in pet foods
Yannis Vrasidas, PhD, scientific support manager for Eurofins Food Testing

3:20-3:50 pm

3:50-4:20 pm

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

General sessions

9:15-10:00 am

How pet food businesses can work with state and local governments
Jackie McClaskey, PhD, secretary of agriculture for the state of Kansas

Nutrition concurrent sessions

1:00-1:40 pm

Does flavor variety stimulate food intake in kittens?
Susan Jojola, PhD, behavioral research scientist for basic research at AFB International

1:45-2:25 pm

Would developing technologies to measure micronutrients in vivo benefit pets and humans?
Michael McBurney, PhD, FACN, vice president of science, communications and advocacy for DSM Nutritional Products

Ingredient concurrent sessions

1:00-1:40 pm

Use of dietary carnitine in Labrador Retrievers
Craig Coon, PhD, co-owner of Four Rivers Kennel

1:45-2:25 pm

Sustainably grown biomass ingredients for pet food
John Greaves, PhD, vice president of specialty crops for Kemin Industries

Market/product development concurrent sessions

1:00-1:40 pm

Freeze-dried pet food—fantastic if you can get it right
Calvin Smith, director of Pet Nutrition NZ

1:45-2:25 pm

Investment, private equity and M&A trends in pet food
Bryan Jaffe, managing director of Cascadia Capital

Production/safety concurrent sessions

1:00-1:30 pm

New processing methods for complete extrusion-baked pet food diets
Galen Rokey, director of process technology for Wenger Manufacturing’s Companion Animal Division

1:30-2:00 pm

Guidelines for validating microbiological methods and verifying claims in selected pet foods
Wendy McMahon, general manager of Silliker’s Food Science Center