Pet Food Conference

January 30, 2024 | 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Georgia World Congress Center | Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom | Atlanta, Ga.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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

Global Trends in Pet Food, products, consumers, emerging markets

Lynn Dornblaser, Director, Innovation & Insight


9 - 9:50 a.m.

Sustainable Pet Food Formulations Through the Use of Rendered Products

Dr. Charles Starkey, Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

North American Renderers Association

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

Packaging Regulations and Pawsibilities: The Ongoing Pursuit of Sustainable PET Food Packaging

Dr. Rafael Auras, Professor, School of Packaging

Michigan State University

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Emerging Issues In The Pet Industry 

Invited papers from four graduate students

Yeast based ingredient affects canine gastrointestinal microbiata fermentation dynamics

Vanessa De La Guardia-Hidrogo, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Situational Analysis for Consumer-Focused Sorghum in North American Pet Foods

Elaheh Rabiee, Kansas State University

Reformulation of a crystalline amino acid reference diet improves overall oxidation response but not enough to determine protein quality of ingredients used in extruded diets for dogs using the indicator amino acid oxidation technique

Michelina Crosbie, University of Guelph

Pet food producers’ perception of sorghum as an ingredient in pet food/treats

Katelyn Bailey, Kansas State University

12 - 12:05 p.m.

Friend Of Pet Food Award

12:05 - 1:10 p.m. Networking Lunch 
1:10 - 2 p.m.

Are Cats and Dogs the New Climate Culprits? Separating Facts from Fiction

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Director, CLEAR Center

Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Current Regulatory Structure of Pet Food

Constance Cullman, President and CEO

American Feed Industry Association

2:45-  3:45 p.m.

Biotic Buzz: Definitions, Potential Benefits, and Application to Pets

Dr. Kelly Swanson, Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

3:45 - 4 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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