Pet Food Processing

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Tuffy’s Treat facility adds US$20 mil wet food line

Annual production capacity is expected to top 65 million cans of wet pet food.

The 45,000-square-foot expansion will create 45 full-time jobs and expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities of high-quality pet food products that already include kibble and treats.


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Positive management culture retains top pet food workers

Beyond workforce morale, leadership culture affects a company’s bottom line.

Finding and keeping good employees is rooted in a pet food company’s management culture, and that ethos can be focused and improved to boost retention of skilled, experienced workers. Pet food companies aren’t the only cultures changing, though.


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Petfood Forum led Marel to enter pet industry, buy Wenger

In late April, Marel agreed to acquire Wenger Manufacturing, a processing equipment manufacturer focused on pet food, plant-based proteins and aqua feed.

After attending Petfood Forum a few years ago, one executive with meat processing equipment maker Marel decided to discuss moving the company into pet food production machinery.


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Pet food plants keep workers who use tech to advise boss

In a survey by RedZone, pay ranked fourteenth on a list of reasons people in manufacturing facilites would stay in a job long term.

Losing opportunities for pet food processing improvement brings an economic toll for companies in the long run.   Making a pet food production-line employee’s life easier also tends to make the job itself more efficient and safer, saving time and money for the business.


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Black, minority business potential in US pet food industry

Presenting pet food business and career opportunities to minorities may open new pathways for economic success that many may not have considered.

When a wider range of people work for the company, pet food businesses may benefit from a wider range of viewpoints, opinions, experiences and ideas.


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Pet food format pros and cons: kibble, wet, treats, toppers

Once the dietary goals are established, developers can consider what format would be best, instead of trying to force a nutritional square peg into a round hole.

The form of a new pet product, whether dry kibble, wet or raw, determines many of the available formulation options. Each format has pros and cons.


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Marel adds pet food processing by acquiring Wenger

The total investment for the acquisition is US$540 million. Founded in 1935, Wenger has 500 employees and revenues in 2022 are expected to be US$190 million.

The acquisition of Wenger is a platform investment into new, complementary and attractive growth markets for Marel and will form the fourth business segment alongside poultry, meat and fish.


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