Kemin Industries has opened a plant in North America to help pet food manufacturers better serve the stable and growing global pet food market. Located in Sarcoxie, Missouri, the new plant enables complete in-house production and a focus on product quality, custom blending and providing a fully-integrated palatant process from blending to packaging. This will also provide better monitoring of food safety programs and efficient traceability.
“The investment in this facility reinforces our commitment to excellence for our pet food clients,” said David Raveyre, president of the pet food division of Kemin. “Our clients are sophisticated and committed to providing the highest quality of pet food that uses Kemin palatants to enhance the taste of dog and cat food, treats and supplements. Now we can offer them blends of up to 12 ingredients using both dry and liquid palatants, and provide a more convenient, cost-effective, high quality in-house operation.”
Manufacturers will also benefit from Kemin’s patented processes and safety procedures that meet or exceed standards around the world. On June 14, the new facility successfully completed an inspection for Australian, Canadian and European Union standards for animal byproducts and expects to receive written certification from USDA during the first part of July. Inspections and certifications validate what Kemin’s own high standards and facility investment make possible – access to quality products, proven food safety programs, and control over inventory and traceability.
The plant currently has seven employees and is expected to double that number as production increases.
Kemin maintains manufacturing facilities where approximately 500 specialty ingredients are made for the global feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has nearly 2,000 employees and operates in more than 90 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.