Monday, March 15, 2010

Petfood Forum Asia draws professionals from throughout region

More than 100 petfood professionals from throughout Asia-Pacific, as well as several countries in Europe, attended Petfood Forum Asia 2010 on March 3 in Bangkok, Thailand, to learn from industry experts about the market, pet nutrition and key processing and safety issues.
Attendees representing 19 countries received data and insights from Jean-Jacques Vandenheede of AC Nielsen Europe on the quickly recovering and growing consumer packaged foods market, including petfood. George C. Fahey, PhD, of the University of Illinois and David Thomas, PhD, of Massey University in New Zealand both shared research on cat nutrition (fiber sources and nutraceuticals, respectively), while Anton C. Beynen, PhD, of Vobra Special Pet Foods in the Netherlands presented his case for breed-specific vs. all-breed and all-lifestage foods for dogs.
In addition, Jim Mann of Kemin Nutrisurance explored the nutrition, palatability and safety aspects of biogenic amines in petfoods. Galey Rokey of Wenger Manufacturing explained how processing and hardware impact petfood safety, and Enzhi (Michael) Cheng, PhD, and Will Henry of Extru-Tech Inc. covered critical processing issues for saving energy and money.
Petfood Forum Asia, held for the second time, occurred in conjunction with Victam Asia, which drew key global petfood and feed suppliers and professionals to its three-day trade show. Both Petfood Forum Asia and Victam Asia are scheduled to be held again in 2012.

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