Pet Food Processing

Applying polymer science to petfood production

When applied properly, basic polymer science principles can assist in ingredient screening, formulation development and process design in the production of petfoods.
Polymer science — the study of the glass and melt transitions of polymers — has been developed and used by the synthetic polymer industry for many years. In recent years, the principles of polymer science have been applied to the petfood extrusion process to better understand and predict processing effects.
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Thailand petfood manufacturer orders KSE bulk outloading system

Perfect Companion Group installs parts for filling hoppers of grain petfood ingredients through packaging
KSE Process Technology recently received a phased order for the bulk outloading process of petfood manufacturer Perfect Companion Group in Thailand. The ordered parts are intended for filling hoppers of petfood grain ingredients.
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The formulator’s dilemma: how processing affects pet nutrition

Better understanding of processing influences allows you to turn the art of nutrient fortification into more of a science
Thermal processing—also known as cooking—of petfoods provides a number of benefits, including convenience, enhanced flavor and texture, improved consistency, pathogen control and decreased spoilage. However, extensive processing can increase variability, destroy essential nutrients and create unwholesome by-products. From a formulator’s perspective, this creates a dilemma regarding how to assure the diet is sufficiently fortified while avoiding excess after accounting for processing effects.
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Extrusion short course highlights strengths of global petfood market

If you are new to the petfood industry -- or work in another function besides dry petfood production and need to learn much more on that subject -- one of the best ways by attending the annual Feeds and Petfood Extrusion Short Course at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA. The course, just concluding its 22nd edition, offers a nearly week-long immersion into grinding, mixing, extruding, drying, cooling and coating dry petfoods and feeds, combining classroom sessions by industry experts with live demonstrations on machines designed to do all those petfood production steps.
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Petfood equipment manufacturer moves to larger India plant

Charles Ross & Son Co. relocates to Prune, India
Charles Ross & Son Co., a manufacturer of mixers and other petfood manufacturing equipment, relocated its Ross Process Equipment into a new plant in Pune, India. The new plant is triple the size of the previous facility, said Joe Martorana, vice president of corporate operations.
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Safety focus: shipping and distribution of petfood products

The most efficient and innovative technologies and strategies to ensure the safe shipment and distribution of your products
Keywords like collaboration, cloud computing and responsiveness will dominate the petfood supply chain landscape — is your company prepared? How will you ensure that a worry-free product is always being delivered safely, efficiently and in a timely manner to consumers?
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Novelli Group builds new petfood production plant in Italy

Novelli worked with consultants Tebodin CCE to install new cat, dog food production lines
The Novelli Group of Italy is building a new petfood production plant with the help of consulting group Tebodin CCE. The new plant will produce 15 tons of dog and cat food per hour for the Italian and international petfood markets.
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Technology update: advances in dry petfood production

Our annual list of the latest in extrusion, drying and cooling technologies for petfood and treats
Manufacturing the best-quality dry petfoods for dogs and cats not only relies on a nutritionally sound formula, a solid marketing campaign and eye-catching packaging, but it must be produced in a cost-efficient, time-saving and sanitary way. That's why choosing the right extrusion, drying and cooling equipment is so vital.
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Effects of rendering on meat and bone meal

Dogs fed meat and bone meal produced under high pressure and temperature presented a higher urea post-prandial response
This study evaluated the effect of two rendering processes applied to meat and bone meal (MBM) production, associated or not with extrusion, by measuring diet apparent total tract digestibility of dogs and cats and true digestibility of amino acids (AA) by cecectomized roosters. Four diets were evaluated: conventional and extruded MBM; high temperature and pressure (HPT; 135C, 3 bar, 20 minutes) and extruded MBM; conventional non-extruded MBM; and HPT non-extruded MBM.
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Odor reduction solutions in petfood production

From plasma ozone reactors and chemical scrubbers to the simple chimney, how does the modern petfood plant control the distinctive smells of manufacturing?
"Odor reduction is important to stakeholders, which includes people living in the community near your plant," said Tjitze Smit of GrainTec A/S in his 2011 Petfood Forum Europe presentation, "Energy Recovery and Odor Reduction in Petfood Production." An angry mob of townspeople showing up at your facility's door, complaining about how your business stinks, is no way to foster community spirit, much less garner popularity with local consumers.
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