Last weekend kicked off with industry tours of Nestle Purina, Dupont Nutrition and Health, and Volpi Foods in St. Louis. Nestlé Purina Petcare is a St. Louis, Missouri-based subsidiary of Nestlé. It produces and markets pet food, treats and litter. The tour showcases their facility and some of its pet food brands they produce. The DuPont tour showcased their processing facilities and the many retail products in which their soy isolate proteins appear. Volpi Foods is known for specialty cured meats such as prosciutto and salami. Students were taken through the process of producing both salami and prosciutto while seeing how Volpi further processes their products for customers. That evening students were taken through an etiquette dinner, led by Anthony Cawdron. It was then time for a little fun, with all the colleges coming together and traveling to St. Louis's City Museum, a playground constructed from recycled materials.
The second day started with the help of Certified Angus Beef personnel Sherry Leggett and Pam Cottrell. Students were able to take the Predictive Index assessment and walk through what the assessment meant for both them and potential employers. During breakout sessions, CAB walked students through how to negotiate benefits and salary after landing your dream job. Staci DeGeer and other personnel from Nestle Purina individually critiqued everyone's resume and discussed how to correctly write cover letters. Anthony Cawdron walked students through interview etiquette and how to build confidence in the interview process. Students were given the opportunity to tour Purina Farms and see their world renown agility dogs in action.
This conference would not have been possible without the sponsorship and support of Nestle Purina, Certified Angus Beef, Merck Animal Health, and the AMSA Educational Foundation. Thank you for your continued support of the AMSA and student activities.