Pet Food Processing

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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Update: ingredient sourcing and traceability

The Food Safety Modernization Act means new rules for manufacturers and new technologies for consumers and producers alike
A provision of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) recently signed in to law requires that all players in the US petfood supply chain be able to quickly trace from whom they received an ingredient and to whom they sent it. Petfood manufacturers will have to maintain that information in digital form which means consumers could tap into this information through their computers or smartphones.
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Extrusion extravaganza 2010

Extrusion extravaganza 2010 Get even more online in our database of the latest equipment in all things extrusion, drying and cooling. Check out and click "Equipment" or visit for additional information on th
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Petfood experts to share latest research during Petfood Forum Asia 2014

Petfood professionals can network and learn insights and tips
With countries in Asia such as Thailand, India and China among the fastest growing pet care markets globally, and Japan ranking as the fourth-largest pet care market worldwide, the region will continue to have an increasing impact on the petfood and pet care industries. Petfood Forum Asia 2014 comes at a critical time for petfood manufacturers looking to extend their influence and improve their operations and businesses.
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Mars Petcare expands North Germany production plant

Verden facility gains new production line, machines
Mars Petcare has expanded its plant in Verden, North Germany. At the start of 2014, the company commissioned a new production line for single-serve pouches at the facility. In the last nine months €17.4 million (US$23.6 million) has been invested in expanding the plant.
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Global Food Safety Initiative recognizes scope extension for feed

SQF adds first GFSI-recognized scheme to cover feed
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) board of directors has announced that SQF has successfully added the scope of feed to the scopes for which they have already achieved recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition. This is the first GFSI-recognized scheme to cover the scope of feed, which includes the production of animal feed and the processing of petfood products. 
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Uniqair, Purdue University odor lab develop odor sampling procedure

New procedure has nitrogen dilution, for odor samples with high humidity
A special odor sampling procedure with nitrogen dilution has been developed by Uniqair and Purdue University's odor lab for odor samples with high humidity from fishfeed and petfood dryers. The nitrogen will preserve the odor and prevent condensation for more accurate odor concentration test results, according to the developers. 
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