Extrusion Workshop

Purpose of Workshop

Take a trip to any grocery store or supermarket and you will see almost entire aisles dedicated to extruded products like cereals, snacks, pastas, pet foods, and pet treats. These products account for billions of dollars in annual sales worldwide. Whether extruded products are already a strong component of your business or you are expanding into this food category, The Food Processing Center's Extrusion Workshop can help. The Extrusion Workshop is an introductory, hands-on workshop combining extrusion theory and techniques with pilot plant exercises emphasizing real-world product development in a variety of food categories. The workshop combines lectures and pilot plant demonstrations from both industry and faculty experts.

Benefits of Attending

This professional development and educational opportunity will allow attendees to:

  • Learn from experts
  • Network with peers and industry experts
  • Explore new opportunities
  • Observe pilot plant demonstrations

Intended Audience

This workshop is geared towards food technicians, scientists and product developers already working or desiring to work in the area of extrusion or any food industry professionals with the goal of expanding their extrusion knowledge base.

Session Topics

  • Extrusion Research and Development
  • Extrusion Ingredients (Starch, Dietary Fibers, Proteins, Vitamins & Minerals)
  • Extruder Hardware & Design
  • Analytical Techniques for Testing Extruded Products
  • Current Issues in Food Safety and Sanitation for Extruded Products
  • Extrusion Applications
  • Extrusion Applications of Cereal Based Food Products
  • Measurement of Critical Control Points During Extrusion & Drying
  • Extrusion Operation and Process Variables
  • Drying, Toasting, & Dehydrating Food Products
  • Extrusion Trouble Shooting of Cereal Based Products

All sessions subject to change


Dr. Joseph Baumert
Assistant Professor - University of Nebraska Food Science & Technology Department

Dr. Andreia Bianchini
Associate Professor - University of Nebraska Food Science & Technology Department

Gerry Hertzel
Research Coordinator - Wenger, Sabetha, Kansas

Brian Plattner
Process Engineering Manager - Wenger, Sabetha, Kansas

Galen Rokey
Director of Process Technology - Wenger, Sabetha, Kansa

Dr. Devin Rose
Associate Professor - University of Nebraska Food Science and Technology Department

Dr. Brad Strahm
Principal - The XIM Group, LLC, Sabetha, Kansas

Dr. Jayne Stratton
Research Associate Professor & Laboratory Services Manager – The Food Processing Center

Robert Sunderland
Director of Dryer Technology - Wenger, Sabetha, Kansas

Dr. Randy Wehling
Professor - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Technology Department

Steve Weier
General Pilot Plant Manager – The Food Processing Center

All speakers subject to change

Dates & Location

May 9-11, 2017 - Lincoln, Nebraska

The workshop will be conducted on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Lincoln has many hotels.  Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. A limited number of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott (402-904-4800) (Marriott.com/Lnkcy) in the Downtown Haymarket area have been reserved at a discounted price of $125 + tax per night. This rate includes a hot breakfast each morning. This special pricing will be available until April 15 or until the room block is full. To obtain the discounted pricing please reference the UNL Extrusion Workshop when making your reservation.

Book your group rate for Extrusion Workshop

The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the Lincoln airport.  When making your hotel reservation, you can also request free shuttle service to and from the Nebraska Innovation Campus the day of the seminar.  The hotel offers parking at $14 per day in the garage located across the street from the hotel.   This hotel is located in Lincoln’s Haymarket District and many restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.  The services provided by this hotel will allow you to visit Lincoln without needing to rent a car or utilize a taxi.


The fee for this 3 day workshop, which includes lunch and break refreshments for each day and a workshop notebook, is $1200 per person.

Nebraska companies may be eligible for funding assistance through Nebraska Workforce Development. Please visit the following website for additional information: 



Click the button to register. For questions or to register by phone please contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819 or jgifford1@unl.edu.

Registration Deadline is April 15, 2017

Space is limited - early registration is encouraged

All participants must pre-register. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

Refunds will not be offered for cancelled registrations