Pet Food Processing

Champion Petfoods partners with Gray Construction for expansion

Build firm will construct Champion's third kitchen
Champion Petfoods has partnered with Gray Construction to expand its production, and the design-build firm will construct Champion's third kitchen, assuming responsibility for the design and construction of the new custom-fitted kitchens.
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Kansas State University Department of Grain Science and Industry to offer online petfood processing course

Course will offer 'a strong emphasis on practical, real-world examples from the trade'
The Kansas State University Department of Grain Science and Industry and Global Campus will offer the course, “Pet Food Processing,” GRSC 645 ZB, for the fall 2014 semester. Taught by a team of experts in the industry and academia, the course will offer a strong emphasis on practical, real-world examples from the trade, according to the school.
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Petfood Forum 2015 calls for papers and posters announced

Premier, global petfood conference seeks the latest research on pet nutrition, the petfood market, safety, processing, more
Petfood Forum 2015  is seeking noncommercial abstracts on pet nutrition, the petfood market, petfood safety, processing, marketing, new product development
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Wenger to host Pet Food Processing Technology Seminar in September

Three-day course will offer operations, maintenance tracks
Wenger Manufacturing will host its annual three-day Pet Food Processing Technology Seminar on September 9–11, 2014, in Sabetha, Kansas. The course, which includes both classroom and hands-on training, will be held at Wenger Technical Center, and is open to all plant management, operations and maintenance personnel involved in the petfood industry.
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Petfood Forum China 2014 to focus on nutrition, ingredients, formulation

Petfood professionals in China can learn and network at exclusive, in-depth conference
Petfood Forum China 2014 marks the third annual edition of this premier, exclusive conference for the Chinese petfood industry. This year it will focus on Nutrition, Ingredients and Formulation—the foundation for all petfood products and for new product development.
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Pet Food Experts to purchase corporate headquarters in Rhode Island

Current headquarters will remain as Northeast Distribution Center
The Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency (PRA), the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and Pet Food Experts have signed a purchase and sale agreement for Pet Food Experts to purchase a three-story downtown Pawtucket building for their future national corporate headquarters. Upon the completion of the sale of the building, the company will renovate the 24,000-square-foot second floor, before moving from its current office space.
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Direct steam injection: An efficient petfood processing method

Benefits over indirect heating methods make DSI an efficient, cost-effective alternative
Direct steam injection (DSI) heating is a specific method used during petfood and food processing where steam is directly mixed with the process fluid that needs to be heated. This type of heating is seen as an efficient, cost-effective alternative to indirect-contact heat exchangers, which have multiple fluid flow paths that don’t allow for direct mixing of the fluids.
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Petfood Forum 2014 session highlights pet industry distribution trends

Online business, private labeling, small niche distributors detailed
At a Petfood Forum 2014 discussion session titled, "How distributor consolidation is affecting petfood retailing," held on April 2, Mark Kalaygian, editor in chief of Pet Business magazine, and Steve King, president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association, highlighted the top petfood industry distribution trends.
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Thiele Technologies acquires Symach business

Thiele Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-speed integrated packaging equipment solutions based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, has acquired Symach palletizers business based in Terneuzen, The Netherlands. This is Thiele Technologies’ seventh acquisition in nine years, creating one of the largest providers of comprehensive end-of-line packaging equipment solutions for a broad range of global markets.
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2014 IPPE a success in spite of inclement weather

5,456 international registrants from 21 countries attended
The 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was successful despite inclement weather conditions that impacted drive-in traffic. IPPE recorded 24,865 registrants, though advanced registration and hotel reservations had projected attendance to be more than 28,000 registrants.
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