Pet Food Processing

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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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VICTAM, FIAAP Asia to show new petfood equipment in February 2012

Petfood Forum Asia to take place alongside the two Asian tradeshows
Two tradeshows for the petfood industry, FIAAP Asia 2012 and VICTAM Asia 2012, will both be held at the BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand, from February 15-17, 2012. During FIAAP, companies from around the world will display the latest innovations for specialist ingredients and additives used in the formulation and preparation petfoods, aquafeeds and animal feed.  
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Texas A&M to host petfood extrusion short course

Short course will take place January 29 through February 3, 2012
A Practical Short Course on Feeds and PetFood Extrusion will be presented January 29 through February 3, 2012, at Texas A&M University by staff, petfood industry representatives and consultants. The program will cover designing new feed mills and selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning and feed mixing equipment.
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Target: sustainable petfood processing

To save energy and costs during extrusion, take aim at areas such as dryer exhaust air, energy inputs, the heating system and waste recovery
Petfood companies from giants like Mars Petcare US and Nestlé Purina PetCare to specialists like Canidae Pet Food and Natura Pet Products have been opening or retrofitting exciting eco-friendly facilities to great fanfare over the past few years. But executives from these and other manufacturers would say that making petfood more sustainable usually starts with the basics, including energy-intensive processing.
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Petfood professionals attend extrusion course in Kansas

Kansas State University hosts short course on petfood technologies, ingredients
Petfood professionals interested in learning about the latest extrusion processing technologies met at Kansas State University in August to participate in the Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization short course. The course, hosted by the University's International Grains Program, was attended by 36 professionals from seven countries who came to Sabetha, Kansas, USA, to study the latest ingredients, technologies and applications  
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'Business Day' petfood safety segment to re-air in August

Segment scheduled for select Alabama, Missouri, Pennsylvania, USA, TV markets
  The petfood safety segment on "Business Day with Terry Bradshaw" will air again in select US regional markets in August. In the Huntsville, Decatur and Florence, Alabama, USA markets, the petfood safety segment will re-air on Saturday, August 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 8 a.m. on the Fox WZDX-TV channel.  
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UK petfood company to open anaerobic digestion plant in September

Prosper De Mulder's plant will recycle food waste, produce renewable heat and electricity
A UK petfood processing company will open an anaerobic digestion plant in September, which will be able to recycle 45,000 metric tons of food waste each year and produce 2.8 Mw of renewable electricity and heat. Prosper De Mulder’s £12m (US$19.13 million) plant will create 35 to 40 new jobs, and will allow the company to move away from using landfills to dispose of food waste.  
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Target petfood safety with process hardware

Avoid cross-contamination, ruined batches and recalls by implementing processing equipment that keeps your products sterile and safe
Petfood manufacturers are looking for innovative ways to modify existing facilities and processing lines to accommodate the safest petfood processes possible. But as the recent Nestlé Purina recall of dry cat food due to Salmonella contamination demonstrates, there are significant challenges in manufacturing, packaging and delivering these products in the supply chain.
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