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Alltech International Symposium Looks to Science to Feed the World’s Passion for Pets

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Today’s consumers are more determined than ever to preserve the wellness of “man’s best friend.” While pet owners turn to nutrition to promote longevity, prevent disease and satisfy their pet’s palate, the market is charged with developing products that are also safe and sustainable. At GLIMPSE 2020, the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 19-22, members of the pet industry will offer practical points to meet pet owner expectations during the Companion Animal session.

“Pet owners often compare their affection for a pet to a parent’s affection for a child,” said Dr. Juan Gomez, chairperson of the Companion Animal session and Alltech’s global director for companion animal business. “These consumers are choosy about their brands and serious about knowing the benefits of nutrients that go into their animals. The petfood industry faces a heavy task of meeting consumer standards of health, variety, palatability, safety and performance in a way that’s sustainable for our future. This session will help us understand the steps that must be taken to nourish our animals, along with the rest of our growing human population, as we march toward 2020.”

Dr. Ron Rompala, director of research and development at Cool Springs International in New Hampshire, speaks at the Companion Animal session at the 2012 Alltech International Symposium.

The session’s line-up of expert presenters comprise veterinarians, corporate leaders, researchers and journalists, including representatives from Proctor & Gamble, Champion Petfoods, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and WATT Publishing. Presentations will address topics including how to lower disease through nutrition, the role of DHA in the future of pet health, the holistic pet movement, building brands for the petfood industry, global trends for the future of petfood development and advancing pet health through nutrigenomics. Presentations during two sessions on May 20-21 include:

Monday, May 20

  • Well-Being Imperative:  Lowering the Incidence of Aging Diseases through Nutritional Biomolecules
  • Is Brazil Keeping Up? : Research Imperatives for a Growing and Demanding Market
  • Sustainability Imperative:  How Can We Feed a Hungry World and its Loyal Companions?
  • The Holistic Imperative: Mainstream or Niche Marketing? A New Way to Capture the Market and Address Well-Being
  • Safety Imperative: Initiatives to Transform an Industry, the Brazilian Experience
  • The Cat is Out of the Bag: The Palatability Imperative

Tuesday, May 21

  • The Global Petfood Market. Consumer Trends. Considerations for Product Development
  • Addressing the Next 10 years: Product Development Imperatives
  • Man’s Best Amigo: Feeding the Dog for Well-Being and Companionship
  • Nutrigenomics Imperative:  Food and Nutrition for Maximum Potential - Going Where No Petfood has Gone Before
  • Digestive Health Imperative: Bridging the Gap between Optimum Performance and Essential Nutrition
  • Are Pet Owners Confused about Pet Nutrition?: Real Education, the New Imperative in Social Media
  • New in 2013, Alltech International Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to select breakout session tracks. These tracks, as opposed to traditional species or subject breakouts, will offer attendees a more holistic experience in which they take part in discussions ranging from algae and agriculture’s carbon footprint to nutrition and marketing.

Registration for Alltech’s 29th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Standard registration after April 15 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.

Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2012 Alltech International Symposium, 97 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.

For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email