Pet Food Ingredients

Riboflavin: golden yellow heart of a pet’s metabolism

A key nutrient, riboflavin (vitamin B2) lies at the very heart of a dog or cat’s metabolism and health
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is one of those vitamins we don’t hear much about in petfood production. Unlike with several other vitamins, the requirement for dogs and cats has been relatively well researched, it hasn’t been implicated in unfounded controversy and petfood manufacturers fortify foods to the necessary level with relative ease.
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AAFCO votes on specialty petfood labels

During the AAFCO annual meeting, members also approved a change in the L-carnitine ingredient definition
The 102nd Annual Convention of the Association of American Feed Control Officials was held July 30 to August 1, 2011, in Austin, Texas, USA. There were some, but not very many, items directly affecting petfood. Since the AAFCO recently changed its procedures so the membership now votes at both the annual and midyear meetings, the number of items up for consideration in the general session seemed fewer this year than at annual meetings past.
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Effects of omega fatty acids on FCGS

Dietary fatty acids influence the composition of plasma cholesteryl esters and plasma levels of inflammatory cytokines in cases of feline chronic gingivitis/stomatitis
Feline chronic gingivitis/stomatitis (FCGS) is a painful inflammatory disease in cats. Extraction of teeth, including all premolars and molars, has been shown to be the therapy of choice in cats not responding sufficiently to home care (e.g., toothbrushing) and/or medical treatment (corticosteroids and/or antibiotics).
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Prinova forms Animal Nutrition brand for pet industry

New brand represents company's renewed focus on animal nutrition
Prinova USA, formerly Premium Ingredients International, created a new brand for the pet industry called Prinova Animal Nutrition. The renewed focus on animal nutrition includes a flavor product manufacturing facility built in 2010 at Prinova’s corporate headquarters in Carol Stream, Illinois, USA.
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New probiotic production method tested by researchers in Germany

Researchers say new method allows for use of more probiotics in petfoods
Researchers from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, developed a gentle production method for probiotics, which they say will allow for use of a wider range of probiotic strains in foods and feed. Currently, probiotic bacteria are mostly freeze-dried, though not all probiotic strains can withstand this production method.  
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Bringing a new petfood concept to market

Innovative companies take an idea and add to it, managing the inevitable balancing act among competing interests, requirements and realities
Where do new product ideas come from in the petfood industry? Do they only come from marketing or sales? In my experience, some of the fastest growing new products or brands have come from single entrepreneurs as well as large multifunctional groups.
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Bones: a not-so-novel source of essential pet nutrients

Niche categories as well as conventional petfoods increasingly depend on bone to meet many pet nutrient needs.
In human foods, bones have long been a staple for making ingredients like soup stock and gelatin; however, people don’t often eat bones directly. Rather, any bone that lands on our plates as a function of eating a steak, drumstick or chop often ends up being discarded or shared with the family pets.
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New AAFCO website to help small petfood manufacturers

‘The Business of Pet Food’ was designed for smaller producers who have limited understanding of state and federal regulatory requirements
In the September 2010 issue of Petfood Industry, I briefly reported on the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ intent to launch a website designed particularly to help small manufacturers understand and comply with labeling and other state and federal regulatory requirements. The preview of the site at last year’s annual meeting met with tremendous applause from the audience.
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Kemin completes acquisition of ADF's spray drying technology, products

Kemin will take over American Dehydrated Foods' Verona, Missouri, USA South plant
Petfood ingredients provider Kemin Industries completed its purchase and acquisition of selected property, equipment and other assets of American Dehydrated Foods Inc. The acquisition includes spray dried liver hydrolysate products, spray dried liver products, other specialty dried products and spray drying technology for use in premium and super premium petfood.
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Animal feed expert contributions wanted for FIAAP Asia 2012

Event calls for presentations on animal feed ingredients, additives until September 1, 2012
The animal feed industry is invited to submit presentations on advances in animal feed ingredients for the FIAAP Asia Conference 2012, which will take place in February alongside Victam Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand. The FIAAP Asia Conference, which will be held February 16, 2012, focuses on animal feed ingredients and additives.
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