21 June 2018,  Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Part of VIV Europe 2018)

Pet food and treats are growing rapidly all over the world due to the sharp rise in pet humanisation and with increasing disposable income.

Focus on health and wellness is a major driver of pet treats using functional and other ingredients promising benefits, clean label movement, limited ingredients, safety concerns, natural pet food, grain free, high meat and novel protein.

Extrusion of pet food is an art and science which require knowledge about raw material, hardware and processing requirements. There are different options available to pet food companies to use either single or twin screw extruder with very special die design like, multi-color and multi-shape die.

In this half day conference speakers will talk about pet food and treat trends, extrusion of pet food and treats with single and twin screw extruder; advanced single screw extrusion for companion animal food, specialty, treats, and supplements; extruded pet food quality management; relations between technology and extruded pet food quality and pet food quality optimisation and palatability. 


Dr Mian N. Riaz

 Speaker Profile - Dr. Mian N. RiazDirector of the Process Engineering R&D Center (formally Food Protein R&D Center), Head of Extrusion Technology Program, and graduate faculty in the Nutrition and Food Science Department at Texas A&M University, USA.

He joined the Process Engineering R&D Center 25 years ago after completing his Ph.D in Food Science from the University of Maine at Orono, Maine, He was the first Ph.D. graduate of their Food Science department. 

His first academic appointment was in 1992 at Texas A&M University (TAMU), where he was put in charge of the Food and Feed Extrusion Program and went on to become the head of the Extrusion Program and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Food Science and Technology Program. 

Since 2005, he has been serving as the Director of the Process Engineering R&D Center. He has published 5 books, 22 chapters and more than 100 papers on extrusion and other related topics. Three of his books are in the area of extrusion, Extruders in Food Application, Extruders and Expanders in Pet Food, Aquatic and Livestock Feeds and Extrusion Problem Solved. One of his books is in the area of Soy Application in Foods.

Dr. Riaz is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences and meetings and so far he has delivered more than 300 presentations in 55 countries. Every year he organizes 5 short courses in the area of extrusion. Three of these courses are related to food and  two are related to feed extrusion He has been with the Texas A&M University system for 25 years.  He also has a teaching appointment in the Nutrition and Food Science Department. 


We hope you can join us on June 21 at Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Register for the event, HERE.

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