Pet Food Processing

France’s ATM Pet Food to open plant in Serbia, Tanjug reports

Plant expected to be completed within a year for European petfood production
France-based ATM Pet Food plans to open a 10 million Euro (US$13.6 million) factory in Hrtkovci in the northern Vojvodina province of Serbia, according to a report from Serbia's Tanjug news agency citing local officials and ATM President Eric Charles. The Hrtkovci, Serbia, plant is expected to be completed within one year.
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Hesco receives 'A' grade on British Retail Consortium audit

Company got top marks at two separate facilities
Hesco Inc. earned a Certification Grade of “A” at their Hastings, Nebraska, USA, facility during their recent third-party British Retail Consortium audit recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.  Under the GFSI scheme, food producers and manufacturers are benchmarked against food safety requirements by independent licensed auditors.
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Petfood Forum 2011 preview

This leading industry event offers more expert content and networking than ever—plus, learn about new safety requirements during Petfood Workshop
To stay ahead of the competition and grow your business, you need to arm yourself with knowledge and key contacts. There’s no better way to increase both than by attending Petfood Forum 2011 and Petfood Workshop: Safety First.
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Developing a HACCP plan for petfood

A hazard analysis and critical control points plan can help you make safe products and meet new regulations
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, recently passed by the US Congress, will require that food producers—including petfood processors—create written, risk-based hazard control programs. HACCP, or hazard analysis and critical control points, is a widely accepted method employed within many food safety management systems. 
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Buhler releases results of 2010 customer satisfaction survey

Understanding customers, consulting competence, project management among highest rankings
Buhler Inc. has announced the results of its annual customer satisfaction survey, with the categories of understanding customers, consulting competence, providing valid solutions and project management receiving the highest rankings. Overall, for 2010 Buhler received a customer service index rating of 8.11 on a 10-point scale, where "10" represents "extremely satisfied." The national average is 7.80, the company says.
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Fides Petfood doubles product storage capacity in expansion

11 silos built to store raw materials, meals
Fides Petfood, a Blegian petfood producer, has nearly doubled its raw material and meal storage capacity in its latest expansion, which includes 11 silos with a combined volume of 1,360 cubic meters. This installation is the largest expansion for the company since 2006, when it put in a new production and storage facility with a capacity of 1,765 cubic meters.
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Research behind the innovations: Polymer science and extrusion

Explore the science behind extrusion technologies in the article, "Applying polymer science to extrusion and drying 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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Production update: What's new in dry food processing

Advances in extrusion, drying and cooling technology and products
The US Food and Drug Administration has told our industry that it is the manufacturers' responsibility to produce Salmonella-free food. “Food safety was at the forefront of product design,” Galen Rokey, process technology manager of Wenger said about the company's latest upgraded extrusion equipment. “There are a number of trends, which are currently impacting the petfood industry, that affected the design process behind each of these new innovations. 
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Killing Salmonella in petfood

Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
Petfood processors have become increasingly aware of the need to control Salmonella during production due to the risk of associated pet and human illness. Processors know how problematic this pathogen can be but may not fully understand the scientific dynamics surrounding effective elimination and potential for recontamination during processing based on heat resistance and persistence in low-moisture products such as petfood.
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Ways to reduce costs in wet petfood

Cost reduction can often be achieved through optimizing usage of gels and thickeners
With money tight and financial controllers questioning product input costs, arguably there has never been a better time to review recipe costs. What scope is there to reduce costs in wet petfood?
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