Pet Food Palatability

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The science and safety of petfood palatability enhancers

Recent palatability research, safety recommendations and the latest taste-improving products
Palatability enhancers, as the name indicates, are used to affect taste, smell and texture of petfoods to increase their desirability to companion animals. Palatability is critical for manufacturers to consider when formulating a nutritionally balanced petfood.
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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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Cesar Canine Cuisine hosts contest to create new dog food flavors

Consumers can go online to create two new recipes for store shelves
Cesar Canine Cuisine is hosting a contest for consumers to create and choose the next flavors of its Sunrise breakfast and Original Pate dog foods. Consumers can go to Cesar's website and enter the virtual kitchen, where they can mix ingredients for their petfood recipe.
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Satiety in dogs and cats

What does the recent evaluation of different nutrients for satiety reveal about dogs' and cats' diets?
Satiety is a complex process that involves both neuronal and hormonal signals to the brain. Through this complicated system, our bodies relay to our brain long-term signals (i.e., how often to eat) and short-term signals (i.e., when to stop eating a meal). 
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Brown lab eating dry pet kibble from bowl

Update: measuring petfood palatability

New ways key palatability companies are conducting and improving testing
Palatability has become as important to petfood formulation as the core ingredients. After all, those ingredients can’t provide nutritional benefits if pets won’t eat the food or, perhaps more importantly, their owners don’t perceive the pets are enjoying the food. Thus, leading organizations invest heavily in research and work to ensure they can accurately measure the palatability of various formulations and flavor enhancers.
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