Petfood Forum 2010 speakers and topics

Petfood Forum 2010 offers plenty of educational, networking and business opportunities!

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Petfood Forum 2010 

April 12-14, 2010 

Hyatt Regency O'Hare 

Chicago, Illinois, USA 

To pay by check or money order, please download a registration form. 

Check back regularly for updates to the Petfood Forum schedule. 

Companions for life: That’s how pet owners see their furry charges, and that’s the philosophy guiding dog trainer Joel Silverman in his advice to owners on how to work with their pets. Join Silverman, the keynote speaker for Petfood Forum 2010, to learn why relationships are what makes dog training work.
Besides being a dog trainer for many years, for the past 10 years Joel has been hosting Good Dog U on Animal Planet
and has sold over 500,000 dog training videos. He's also author of the recently released book What Color Is Your Dog? His keynote address at Petfood Forum 2010 will describe his philosophy about the "colors" of dogs' temperaments and how that can help owners first develop a relationship with their dogs, then proceed with training based on that relationship.
Owner-pet relationships are what makes the petfood market continue to grow, even during tough economic times. And Petfood Forum will be full of sessions on how that bond between owners and pets is driving market growth—along with much more information.
Join moderators Julie Lenzer Kirk and Greg Aldrich, PhD, in learning about these key topics: 

  • Executive roundtable—Why is safety the most critical issue for the petfood industry? (Check the schedule for updates on the panel members) 
  • Petfood market outlook 2010-2011—David Lummis, Packaged Facts 
  • Nutrigenomics: recent advances in dogs and cats—Kelly Swanson, PhD, University of Illinois 
  • Impact of process hardware on petfood safety—Galen J. Rokey, process technology manager, Wenger Manufacturing 
  • Survey: state of the animal supplement, functional ingredient and treats market—Patrick Rea, publisher and editorial director, Nutrition Business Journal 
  • Dry petfood manufacturing and the carbon footprint—Jacques Wijnoogst, consultant 
  • Profitable moisture and water activity control—John Robinson, Drying Technology Inc. 
  • HACCP: where did we go wrong?—David Rosenblatt, DVM, director, Sher Consulting and Training 
  • Controlling contaminants using high pressure processing—James Marsden, PhD, Kansas State University 
  • Marketing petfood with a higher purpose: harnessing the niche nation—Bob Wheatley, CEO, Wheatley & Timmons 
  • Mycotoxin control in grain-based ingredients—Gene Peters, PhD, and Don Shandera, PhD, Cargill 
  • US regulatory update—David Dzanis, PhD, Dzanis Consulting and Collaborations 
  • An outsiders’ view of petfood: “human food” nutritionists weigh in—Marion Nestle, PhD, New York University, and Malden Nesheim, PhD, Cornell University 
  • Petfood and the importance of a balanced diet—Karen Wedekind, PhD, Novus International 
  • Prebiotic and probiotic supplements in petfood: impact on immunity—Sara Cutler, Kemin Nutrisurance 
  • Sustainability and CSR: from whim to a matter of strategy—Jan Hoijtink, consultant 
  • Convenience trends in petfood packaging—Alexander Mikolasek, Mondi 
  • Making private label superpremium petfoods competitive—Serge Boutet, Mondou Ltd. 

For more information on these topics, see the Petfood Forum 2010 schedule. You can also find more information from industry experts during the poster reception on Tuesday, April 13!
Petfood Forum is the place where the industry comes together to network, do business, learn from one another and enjoy the company of fellow petfood professionals. Registration includes access to all conference sessions, the exhibit hall and all meals (except dinner) and receptions. Don’t miss out—register today! (To pay by check or money order, click here.)
And if you also register for the follow-up symposium, Petfood Workshop: Hands-on Nutrition, you'll save 20%!
For information on exhibiting at Petfood Forum, click here.
To make your hotel registration, contact the Hyatt Regency O'Hare directly (or call +1.800.233.1234 in the US or +1.847.696.1234 from outside the US). Be sure to identify yourself as a Petfood Forum or Petfood Workshop 2010 participant by March 24, 2010, to receive our special group rate. Room availability is limited; reservations will be handled on a first come, first served basis.
NOTE: We have heard some of our exhibitors are being contacted by a group called IEA Event Planning offering special rates on hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Petfood Forum has absolutely no affiliation with this group, nor have we ever discussed this arrangement with them; therefore, we do not know if it is legitimate. We strongly recommend booking your hotel room directly with the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.




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