International Rendering Symposium 2017: The Rendering Industry: Challenges and Opportunities (Thursday)

Thu. February 2| 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room B-203

The U.S. rendering industry collects and safely processes more than 50 billion pounds of animal byproducts each year.  Rendering converts these materials into fats and proteins used in animal feed.  The rendering industry provides services for the safe collection of these materials and uses heat to dehydrate and separate the fat and solid materials.  The rendering industry is a green, sustainable, and vital part of the agricultural chain.  This symposium will focus on the opportunities and challenges to the industry today.


12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Associations – Nancy Foster, National Renderers Association

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

A Virtual Tour of a Rendering Plant – James Emerson, Pilgrim’s Pride

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Facts or Fiction on livestock and climate change – Dr. Frank Mitloehner, UC-Davis

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Rendering: Making animal agriculture sustainable – Dr. David Meeker, National Renderers Association

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

From Cow to Shoe: The Symbiotic Relationship between the Rendering and Leather Tanning

Stephen Sothmann, US Hides Skins and Leather Association

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Used cooking oil: Why does it matter? – Todd Mathes, Darling Ingredients

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wrap up and Questions

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Cost: $200

Track: IPPE Fee Based Educational Programs

Educational Partner


Dr. David Meeker
Dr. David Meeker Senior Vice President, Scientific Services, National Renderers Association | Role:
Dr. Frank Mitloehner
Dr. Frank Mitloehner Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension , University of California, Davis | Role:
James Emerson
James Emerson Director of Food Safety, Quality Assurance and Regulatory, Pilgrim's Pride | Role:
Nancy Foster
Nancy Foster President and CEO, National Renderers Association | Role:
Stephen Sothmann
Stephen Sothmann President, U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) | Role:
Todd Mathes
Todd Mathes Senior Vice President of Restaurant Services, Darling Ingredients, Inc. | Role: