HorizonPSI and Guardian Ozone have announced a partnership through which HorizonPSI is the exclusive dealer of Guardian Ozone systems for the pet food processing industry. Guardian Ozone systems provide sanitation solutions for clean-in-place equipment, contact surfaces, storage rooms and whole facilities. HorizonPSI is a provider of automated ingredient handling systems and aftermarket support for pet food manufacturers.

Guardian Ozone applications feature patented technology that harnesses the power of ozone, one of the strongest oxidants available, to kill salmonella, listeria, molds and other pathogens. According to the company, ozone is an economical sanitation solution as it leaves no residue or by-products, uses less energy than methods involving heat, is a clean-in-place solution and avoids wastewater penalties. When ozone is combined in a wash-down process, it combines cleaning and sanitation into one step.

“Partnering with HorizonPSI was an easy decision for Guardian Ozone because of their success working with pet food manufacturers,” said Chuck Smith, Guardian Ozone CEO, in a press release. “We’ve long delivered the world’s most advanced ozone generator technology to the food industry and many others, so we’re pleased to expand that and bring the power of ozone sanitation in a reliable, cost-effective solution to the pet food industry.”

HorizonPSI will showcase Guardian Ozone and other pet food processing equipment April 23-25, 2018 at Pet Food Forum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Other pet food industry partnerships in 2018

The partnership between HorizonPSI and Guardian Ozone adds to the growing number of acquisitions in the pet food industry in 2018. So far, the partnerships have mainly involved pet food producers. As of April 16, pet food companies and ingredient suppliers announced at least fourteen mergers and acquisitions. Several involved human food companies expanding their position in the pet food industry. Others have involved pet food brands moving into new regions or advanced technologies. The partnerships include Mars Petcare's acquisition of a canine DNA diagnostics company, OptiGen, LLC. The company specializing in canine inherited eye disorders. United Petfood acquired a Dutch pet treat producer, Animal Lovers, and C.J. Foods acquired Lortscher Animal Nutrition