Pet Food Processing

Wenger to present petfood processing safety seminar April 29-May 2, 2014

Seminar will include classroom instruction, practical demonstrations from industry experts
Wenger Manufacturing's Corporate Project Services division will host a Food Safety Seminar Focused on Pet Food Processing on April 29-May 2, 2014. The petfood processing safety seminar will take place at the Hyatt Place Hotel-Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. 
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Webinar on controlling cross-contamination in petfood plants to be held December 12

ExtruTech, MAC Process will sponsor free webinar presented by WATT Global Media
ExtruTech and MAC Process will sponsor a webinar, presented by WATT Global Media, on “Control Strategies for Cross-Contamination in Pet Food Plants” on Thursday, December 12 at 9 a.m. CT. This webinar will cover sources, points of cross-contamination and re-contamination of Salmonella in petfood processing environments, as well as introduce Advanced Oxidation Technology, a novel strategy, as a part of an integrated approach to control this bacterium in petfood manufacturing facilities.
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Three tips for petfood manufacturers to prevent contamination

Polymer Solutions International offers tips on minimizing risk in the processing room
According to the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 48 million Americans are stricken with food borne illness every year. The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) attempts to help control this; but, companies may be rushing to meet the deadlines, says Polymer Solutions International, and gaps leave companies still not fully prepared to respond to and prevent the risk of contamination.
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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.
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Arovit dry petfood facility in Denmark sold to local investors

Factory was previously owned by C&D Foods
The former Arovit dry petfood factory in Vejen, Denmark, which was owned by C & D Foods, was sold to local investors and will continue production as Arovit Dry Petfood A/S.  Buyers include Johan Hoffmann, Hoffmann Capital A/S, acting Operations Manager Kim Madsen and CEO at Ultimate Petfood, Harry Larsen.
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FIAAP, Victam, GRAPAS Asia 2014 to be larger than 2012 shows

Shows will be held with Petfood Forum Asia, April 8-10, 2014, in Bakok, Thailand
With still nearly six months until the event, FIAAP Asia, Victam Asia and GRAPAS Asia 2014 are already larger than in 2012, show organizers report. Currently the shows have almost 170 exhibitors from 22 countries. 
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Natures Menu marks processing 1 million orders for petfood

Family business founded in 1981 now sells product across Europe
Petfood maker Natures Menu recently achieved a milestone in the company's history with the processing of 1 million orders. The natural petfood manufacturer began as a small family business in 1981 that produced food for local dog kennels, but it has grown to do business throughout Europe.
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Logistics issues for petfood companies in growth mode

Companies emerging from startup stage, now in full growth mode, are most likely to need the logistical help to manage a current-day recall situation
Even recalls due to circumstances beyond a company’s control, or stemming from a problem initiated by a vendor, are unwelcome. A recall can damage valuable assets such as brand image and integrity, both of which are only earned after years of hard work, and of course the petfood industry is no stranger to recalls. Not only can brand image be damaged, the financial consequences can be devastating. Whether you transport the product back to your facility or have it destroyed, multiple complicated logistical elements need to fall in place.
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Rondo Foods invests in expansion at Ireland pet treat production facility

Facility for Gaines Europe Ltd. in Arklow, Ireland, will create 15 new jobs
Gaines Europe Ltd. has opened a new petfood production facility in Arklow, Ireland, that will create 15 new jobs in the region. Parent company Rondo Food invested €6 million (US$8.1 million) in the new facility to double outputs and exports by 2015.
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Research looks at extrusion temperature in petfood processing

Recent article addresses research on extrusion temperature as a critical control point to reduce Salmonella contamination in petfood
With safety being a key focus for petfood manufacturers, especially reducing the potential for and number of incidences of Salmonella contamination, a recent article from All About Feed addresses extrusion temperature as a critical control point in petfood processing. According to Galen J. Rokey, process technology manager, and Doug Baldwin, director of business development, Wenger Manufacturing, a good petfood safety program provides many benefits, including: reduced risks, decreased waste and customer complaints, product traceability, lower product liability, transparency for consumers and brand value. 
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