Manhattan, Kansas – September 11, 2019 – Petfood Industry magazine and Kansas State University Pet Food Science Program representatives have confirmed Natasha Davis with Nielsen as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Petfood R&D Showcase. This immersive educational forum is scheduled for October 15-17, 2019, at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Registration is now open with early bird savings available.

“We are pleased to announce Natasha Davis as the keynote speaker for Petfood R&D Showcase,” said Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editor-in-chief of Petfood Industry. “Davis will share a perspective on pet food growth in the U.S. through the lens of premiumization and how it is affected by marketing, science and consumer preference.”

Petfood R&D Showcase 2019 will feature the new theme, “Leveraging Science into Product Innovation.” During this engaging event, attendees will learn about new scientific innovations and how those innovations can be integrated into product development from suppliers of ingredients, equipment and technologies. The demonstration sponsors include Balchem, Chr.  Hansen, Extru-Tech Inc./ Milne Fruit, FONA International, Pet Food Solutions and Tree Top Ingredients.

In addition to the keynote presentation and demonstrations, Petfood R&D Showcase will feature scientific presentations that have a direct connection to ideas pet food manufacturers and suppliers can incorporate into their product offerings. Presentation topics include behaviors as biomarkers for animal health and welfare, pathogen contamination, strategies to prevent mite infestation and factors influencing starch digestibility.

Early bird registration for Petfood R&D Showcase is now open, providing attendees with the opportunity to save $200. To ensure the quality of the demonstrations, space is limited. For more details and the most up-to-date information on Petfood R&D Showcase, visit

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