Pet Food Conference

January 24, 2023 | 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Georgia World Congress Center B302-303 | Atlanta, Ga.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 - 8:10 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
8:10 - 9 a.m.

The Impacts Of Mergers & Acquisitions On The Supply Chain

Worth Turner, CEO, Custom Veterinary Services

9 - 9:50 a.m.

Approaches To Aflatoxin Sampling

Scott Hawks, Senior Consultant, ToxStrategies

9:50 - 10:10 a.m Break
10:10 - 11 a.m.

The Flavor World Of Companion Animals

Nancy Rawson, Acting Director and President, Monell Chemical Senses Center

11 a.m. - Noon

Emerging Issues In The Pet Industry 

Invited papers from three graduate students

Link Between Soluble Fiber And Diet-Related Heart Failure In Beagles 

Elise Bokshowan, M.S., University of Saskatchewan 

The Role Of Dried Brewer’s Yeast In Gastrointestinal Health And Immune Function Of Dogs  

Vanessa De La Guardia-Hidrogo, Ph.D., University of Illinois 

Amino Acid Digestibility And Protein Quality Of Mealworm-based Ingredients Using The Precision-fed Cecectomized Rooster Assay 

Meredith Smola, Ph.D., University of Illinois 

12 - 12:05 p.m.

Friend Of Pet Food Award And Video

12:05 - 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch And Explore The Student Poster Session
1:15 - 2 p.m.

What's Next For The Global Pet Food Market? Trends and Outlook

Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, Editor-in-Chief, Petfood Industry/Petfood Forum

2 - 3 p.m.

Sustainability Panel

Lara Moody, Executive Director, Institute for Feed Education and Research, moderator

Temis Coral, Sustainability Practice Lead, John Beath Enviornmental, LLC

Nicholas Rozzi, Ph.D., WW Director of Development, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Terry Ward, Ph.D., Global Director Sustainability, Zinpro

3 - 3:30 p.m.

FDA Update

Jenny Murphy, Deputy Director for Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine - Office of Surveillance and Compliance

3:30 p.m. Wrap up and Adjourn
*Times and speakers are subject to change (times in EST)
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SARAH NOVAK     (703) 558-3574       SNOVAK@AFIA.ORG

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