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IGP – KSU Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization

Course Description

The course will cover various aspects of extrusion technology, equipment and product development (including snack foods, soy chunks, breakfast cereal, pet food and aquatic feed processing). A significant new feature is a hands-on session on the science and practice of sensory evaluation and consumer acceptance studies for new products. Apart from learning about extrusion processing from experts in industry and academia, the course will also focus on strategic business planning for processing companies with the help of faculty from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State. There will be plenty of hands-on and applied lab sessions in which different products will be developed and evaluated both instrumentally and by using a consumer panel. The hands-on session on the science and practice of sensory evaluation and consumer acceptance studies for new products is a significant feature of the extrusion course. One day of the course will be reserved for a visit to Sabetha, Kansas, which is home to major manufacturers of extruders and ancillary equipment.

View the course brochure (pdf).

Who Should Attend

The course is recommended for technical and managerial personnel in the food, pet food and feed industry, and ingredient companies desiring training in fundamentals and operations; entrepreneurs who desire to set up a new extrusion-based food processing business; and researchers interested in updating themselves with the latest practices and trends in extrusion procession. In addition, the course presents an excellent opportunity to develop useful contacts and network with industry people in the U.S. and around the world who will be present as speakers or participants. Organizers will review registrant information to ascertain compatibility with course content and goals and will provide approval within two weeks from the time of registration. If there is no communication from the organizers in this period, approval can be assumed. The course fee will be fully refunded in the case of non-approval. 

College Credit Opportunity

This course is open to students who have the option of receiving two K–State Global Campus credits. Tuition fees and K–State Global Campus charges will apply in addition to the course fee. Please contact the course instructor, Professor Sajid Alavi at salavi@ksu.edu. for full details on the credit options. 

Pet Food Workshop

A one-day workshop is typically offered in conjunction with the IGP-KSU Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization course. This workshop can be attended as a stand-alone training or added to the extrusion course.

View the IGP–KSU Pet Food Workshop course.

Registration Information

Early-bird Registration Fee: $1,200/person

Regular Registration Fee: $1,300/person  

Company and Student Discount

If two or more people, from the same company or institution, enroll in the extrusion course, each is entitled to a 10% discount on the registration fee. To receive the discount, registrations must be submitted together. Students attending the extrusion course can receive a 20% discount by enclosing a written endorsement of their student status from a professor. 

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This course is also offered with simultaneous translation from English to Portuguese. 
Register for this course with Portuguese translation. 



The IGP Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if minimum enrollment numbers are not met. If a course is canceled, participants will be refunded 100% of their tuition. If a course is rescheduled, participants will have the opportunity to have 100% of their registration fees applied to the rescheduled course or receive a full refund.

Participants who wish to cancel or transfer their registration to another employee can do so for a $100 processing fee as long as notice is received at least fifteen days prior to the course start date. Refund requests made fourteen days or less before a course start date will be not be refunded.