Pet Food Conference

Tue. January 31| 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Room B-304/305

Rate: $75 early-bird/$95 on-site

AFIA's Pet Food Conference covers a variety of topics from regulatory to technical aspects of production to product claims, marketing and nutrition. This annual educational session attracts more than 200 attendees from pet food manufacturing to ingredient suppliers covering all ingredient categories, offering an excellent opportunity to network with this diverse audience. This year’s program includes lunch.


8:00 a.m.-8:10 a.m.

Welcome and Overview of the Conference

Marty Hudak-Roos, Nature’s Variety

8:10 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Domestic and Global Industry Trends

Jared Koerten, Euromonitor International

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Trade Issues and Outlook

Gina Tumbarello, American Feed Industry Association

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Extruding Grain-Free and Other Pet Foods

Brian Streit, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.                                     

10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Research Update: New protein sources

Greg Aldrich, Ph.D., Kansas State University

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Developing the Next Generation of Pet Food Employees

Jessica Starkey, Ph.D., Auburn University                                   

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Tall Order: Making Pet Food for Today's Discerning Consumer

Dr. Melissa Brookshire, North River Enterprises

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Pet Food Safety: Environmental Monitoring Panel                                                           

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

AAFCO Update

Stan Cook, AAFCO Representative

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Food Safety Modernization Act: What Have We Learned and What’s Next?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Representative (Invited)

4:00 p.m

Wrap up and Adjourn

Marty Hudak-Roos, Nature’s Variety

**** Agenda Subject to Change

Cost: $95

Track: IPPE Fee Based Educational Programs

Educational Partner


Brian Streit
Brian Streit Director of Pet Food & Aquatic Technology, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. | Role:
Dr. Greg Aldrich
Dr. Greg Aldrich Research Associate Professor, Auburn University | Role:
Dr. Jessica Starkey
Dr. Jessica Starkey Assistant Professor - Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University | Role:
Dr. Melissa Brookshire
Dr. Melissa Brookshire President/Owner, North River Enterprises | Role:
Gina Tumbarello
Gina Tumbarello Director of International Policy and Trade, American Feed Industry Association | Role:
Jared Koerten
Jared Koerten Senior Analyst, Euromonitor International | Role:
Jenny Murphy
Jenny Murphy Consumer Safety Officer/Office of Surveillance and Compliance, U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Role:
Mary Hudak-Roos Nature's Variety | Role:
Stan Cook
Stan Cook Administrator, Bureau of Feed Seed and Treated Timber, Missouri Department of Agriculture | Role: