Global ingredients manufacturer Essentia Protein Solutions is targeting the premium pet food market with a range of clean label meat-based proteins for pet food manufacturers.

Essentia’s brands are designed to deliver protein enrichment, taste enhancement, yield and texture improvements for dog and cat food. The company’s portfolio of ingredient solutions covers a range of species: chicken, beef, pork plus different types of fish and seafood, which helps to meet certain specie claims.

By offering the choice of clean label ingredients, Essentia’s new range aims to help pet food producers tap into the top pet nutrition trends for 2018. As well as supporting the free-from claims of grain, gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO, the range also meets other trending health claims, such as high protein and low fat, calorie and ash content.

Clean label, high protein trending in pet food 

Ready-to-eat soup for cats is an example of how the growing humanization of pets is driving the pet food industry. For this and other recipe applications, Essentia is responding with the launch of PetSavio, a series of bone broths and stock bases that provide the taste of either chicken, fish, beef or pork.  PetSavio also supports bone, muscle and coat health.

Essentia is also launching PetNutrio, a product line that features collagen peptides. Typically, this range is used for protein fortification of both treats and feed supporting bone and joint health, muscle maintenance, weight management and coat care. The seafood versions all contain taurine.

For trending applications such as high protein fitness treats and chewy meat sticks, Essentia is launching PetPremio, a series of clean label functional proteins with water-binding properties for improved yield and elasticity. PetPremio helps reduce dough shrinkage and improves cohesiveness in meaty chunks.

At Essentia’s headquarters in Denmark, a team of protein specialists offers workshops, pet food protein classes and on site trials. PetNutrio, PetPremio and PetSavio are only promoted outside North America.