The 2019 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) hosted the International Rendering Symposium from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 15 in Atlanta, Georgia. The program was sponsored by the National Renderers Association and US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

In the US, more than 50 billion pounds of animal byproducts are converted into fats and proteins for animal feed through the rendering process each year. Opportunities, challenges and innovations in the rendering industry will be presented at the International Rendering Symposium. Other topics include rendering basics, research and development efforts featuring the new Pet Food Alliance, poultry nutrition, equipment, regulation, FSMA impact, and political climates and international markets.

Pet Food Alliance, also known as the Alliance for Research and Innovation in the Rendering of Pet Food Industries, was created in 2017 with the goal of bringing pet food, rendering and meat industry professionals together with research scientists to advance the future of rendering and pet food. The group is a collaborative effort of Colorado State University and the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation.

The 2019 IPPE was held in collaboration of three trade shows – the International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo – representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by USPOULTRY, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

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