2013 petfood industry extrusion round-up
Companies stayed ahead of the curve with partnerships, research and equipment solutions throughout the year
Whether they focused on partnerships and solutions, food safety, going green or equipment, companies involved in the extrusion section of the petfood industry stayed on top of the game in 2013.
BÃ¼hler Inc. and Hagen Industries Ltd. partnered to create an extrusion solution that allows Hagen to manufacture small volumes of product while maintaining good operation parameters. The Hagen petfood factory in Waverly, N.Y., manufactures large volumes of dog and cat food. When lower volume runs of small animal food products were required, the facility had to shut down its ten-ton extruder in order to clean and reconfigure the process. In response, BÃ¼hler designed a petfood processing system equipped with a twin-screw extruder, a hammer mill, feeder, pre-conditioner and a BÃ¼hler Aeroglide dryer and cooler.
"When you need to run a small amount of product, but the process you have produces ten tons per hour, you can end up with a lot of waste," said Hagen general manager Yvan GiguÃ©re. "The new BÃ¼hler processing line has allowed us to make smaller batches, and this means we always have fresh product." According to Hagen, the new system has dramatically streamlined inventory and enhanced the company's ability to ensure the quality and freshness of its products. The company can now process 1,000- 2,000 pounds per hour depending on the need.
BÃ¼hler is applying its knowledge of food safety from the human food industry to petfood manufacturing. With continuous research into the validation of cooking extruders as a kill step for the manufacturing…