Rockford, IL – August 17, 2015 – Representatives from Petfood Industry magazine have announced that registration for this fall’s collaborative Petfood Innovation Workshop and Kansas State’s Pet Food Experience has been opened. The multi-day event is a joint industry-academic venture to promote innovation, research and talent development focused on pet food and pet treat manufacturing, to be held October 28-30, 2015, on the university’s main campus in Manhattan, Kansas. The Pet Food Experience is hosted by the Kansas State Pet Food Program Team, and utilizes student volunteers as well as facilities within the community.

Sell-out status is expected to happen quickly as capacity is being kept to a minimum to ensure the quality of the hands-on experience as well as seating availability for the research sessions. Attendees can expect two days of networking opportunities and academic research presentations combined with the hands-on creation of new types of pet treats in the workshop sessions led by key industry suppliers including Extru-Tech Inc., AFB International and Lortscher Animal Nutrition, Inc., along with some facility tours. Tentative schedule details have also been released and are available on the event website.

“The first Petfood Innovation Workshop in April sold out months in advance of the event as the opportunity to create new pet treat products hands-on is not something you get to do every day,” said Debbie Phillips Donaldson, Editor-in-Chief of Petfood Industry. “We’re hoping those who missed attending the first one will take advantage of the chance to come this fall, with the added benefit of our new partnership with the Kansas State Pet Food Program and the chance to hear new research presentations and interact with students from the university.”

The premiere Petfood Innovation Workshop: Next Generation Treats was the 1-day opener for the Petfood Forum 2015 conference and exhibition, the leading annual event serving the global pet food and pet treat manufacturing industry. Petfood Forum 2016 will again locate at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., in the heart of the Animal Health Corridor.

The Pet Food Program at Kansas State University was started in 2012 and has established degree programs, short courses, and research concerning pet food and nutrition. Kansas State University is a public teaching and research institution founded in 1863 and located in Manhattan, KS.

About Petfood Forum & Petfood Industry
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