Pet Food Processing

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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Texas A&M to host short course on feeds, petfood extrusion in January 2014

Course will cover selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning, mixing equipment and more
A one-week Practical Short Course on Feeds & Pet Food Extrusion will be presented January 19-24, 2014, at Texas A&M University by staff, industry representatives and consultants. The program will cover information on designing new feed mills and selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning and feed mixing equipment.
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Petfood Forum China brings knowledge, networking to Chinese petfood industry

Over 100 petfood professionals from China and other countries attended second annual conference
More than 100 petfood professionals from China and other countries networked and learned from industry experts during Petfood Forum China 2013, held August 23 in Shanghai. It was the second edition of this exclusive conference for the Chinese petfood industry, held in conjunction with Pet Fair Asia.
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Exhibitor registration opens for Petfood Forum 2014

Supplier companies interested in exhibiting at exclusive conference are urged to register soon
Exhibitor registration for Petfood Forum 2014 is now open. The premier, exclusive conference for the global petfood industry, Petfood Forum gives supplier companies the opportunity to see and be seen by industry buyers and influencers.
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Premier Pet Nutrition opens enhanced-safety premix facility

New facility designed to increase pet premix assurance for manufacturers
Premier Pet Nutrition has opened its new premix facility designed to provide absolute safety and assurance for all premixes manufactured by the company.  Enhanced pharmaceutical features expand on its tumble mix system.   
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Effects of food processing and fiber content on Blue-and-gold macaws

Pelleted diets may be more beneficial when dealing with metabolic disorders commonly observed in macaws.
This study was triggered by the increased incidence of obesity and metabolic diseases in caged parrots, and evaluated the effects of fiber and food processing on Blue-and-gold macaws. Four food formulations (0%, 7%, 14% and 21% of sugarcane fiber) processed by pelleting or extrusion were studied, resulting in eight diets. 
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Petfood Forum China preview

This exclusive conference for the Chinese petfood market offers industry expertise, networking and more
The petfood market in China is poised to soar. Between 2000 and 2010, petfood sales in the country rose nearly 800%, according to, the largest online network for pet owners in China. 
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