Pet Food Processing

Diamond America Corp. provides extruder to Texas, USA, petfood manufacturer

Doggie Lunchies worked with Diamond America to install extruder for expanded dog food kit production
Diamond America Corp. announced that Doggie Lunchies/Corazz Corp. of Missouri City, Texas, USA, installed a Diamond America extruder to automate and increase production of its Doggie Lunchies product line. The company says its product line is supplied in a recyclable kit that includes a resealable pouch with a water compartment, a package of Doggie Lunchies petfood and a dog cookie.
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Hamlet Protein investing in new US plant

Plant opening in early 2012 will soon produce petfood ingredients
Hamlet Protein, a Denmark-based manufacturer of ingredients for the petfood and animal feed markets, is expanding to the US with a new plant in Findlay, Ohio, in early 2012. First producing products for the pig and dairy markets from the area’s large soybean crops, the plant will also soon produce petfood ingredients, said Ole Hansen, business development director, during Victam International 2011 in Cologne, Germany.
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Buhler Group acquires Dutch pellet die manufacturer

Buhler says it will integrate employees, products into Feed & Biomass unit
The Buhler Technology Group acquired the company Tijdhof Persmatrijzen with headquarters in Oldenzaal, Netherlands, in April 2011. This manufacturer of dies and rollers for feed pellet mills and petfood will be integrated into Buhler's Feed & Biomass business unit.  
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Kemin to purchase ADF's petfood technology, equipment

Deal to close June 30 includes ADF's Missouri, USA, facilities, spray dry technology
Kemin Industries Inc. and American Dehydrated Foods Inc. have reached an acquisition agreement that allows Kemin to purchase property, equipment and assets related to ADF’s spray drying technology for petfood products. The transaction is expected to close on June 30.
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Emerging food safety technologies

What are the best ways to keep pathogens out of your petfood?
Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes are three words that instantly grow gray hairs on the heads of every petfood manufacturer. The health of your customers, both furry and otherwise, has to be your top priority. The only way to stay vigilant is to take the proper precautions by using the most innovative technology from reliable sources.  
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Cargill granted US patent for petfood cooking process

Cargill was granted a US patent for the exclusive cooking process it developed for making its Loyall premium petfood. Cargill's Opti-Cook process, for which the patent was granted, works by using a combined steam and pressure cooking system and Near-Infrared Reflective Spectroscopy technology.  
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Drying petfood at high temperatures may decrease nutrients, researchers find

Wageningen University researchers test extruded canine kibble for quality after drying
Researchers at the Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University in the Netherlands studied the effects of petfood drying temperature and time on the food's physical and nutritional quality indicators. The researchers conducted two factorial experiments, using four temperatures and two durations, to test the effects of drying variables on extruded canine diets produced using a 4 mm and 8 mm die.
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Wenger announces September petfood processing technology seminars

Two courses geared toward petfood managers, operations personnel, engineers
Wenger Manufacturing will offer two Pet Food Processing Technology Seminars in September for plant managers, operations and maintenance personnel, and engineers in the petfood industry. The first course, Pet Food Processing Technology Seminar, will be held from September 13-15.
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Universal Pasteurization Co. to host high pressure processing workshop

May workshop will be held in UPC's recently-opened Lincoln, Nebraska, USA facility
Universal Pasteurization Co. recently opened in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA,  and will hold a day-long workshop here on May 10 to introduce its high pressure processing capabilities. The company says Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will make an appearance at the workshop to mark the expansion of this home-grown small business, established by the founders of Universal Cold Storage.
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Buhler Technology announces profitable growth for fiscal 2010

Increase in order intake by 21%, sales revenue by 11%, company reports
Buhler Technology Group reported profitable growth for its business in fiscal 2010. The company reported a 21% increase in order intake to CHF 2,160 million (US$2.38 billion), 11% increase in sales revenue to CHF 1,907 million (US$2.1 billion), and increased operating profits (EBIT) at a higher-than-proportional rate to 10.6% of total sales.  
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