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

Fri. February 3| 9:00 AM - 12:00 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.


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome – Dr. Jessica Meisinger, NRA

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Innovations in the Rendering Industry - Dr. Jessica Meisinger, NRA

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Rendered Ingredients from a Nutritional Standpoint – Dr. Charles Starkey, Auburn University

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Quality Assurance in the Rendering Industry/Food Safety Modernization Act update – Dr. Ansen Pond, Darling Ingredients

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Global Trade and the Sustainability of Sustainability – Kent Swisher, National Renderers Association

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Questions and Wrap Up

Cost: $200

Track: IPPE Fee Based Educational Programs

Educational Partner


Dr. Ansen Pond
Dr. Ansen Pond Product Safety Manager, Darling Ingredients | Role:
Dr. Charles Starkey
Dr. Charles Starkey Professor- Poultry Science Department, Auburn University | Role:
Dr. Jessica Meisinger
Dr. Jessica Meisinger Director of Education, Science, and Communication, National Renderers Association and the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation | Role:
Kent Swisher
Kent Swisher Vice President, International Marketing Division, National Renderers Association | Role: