Pet Food Extrusion

Find the latest articles, research and analysis on pet food extrusion, the most common way to make mass-quantity dry cat and dog food products such as kibble, from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine. Topics include high-meat pet food formulas, safety and maintenance, and extrusion-baked pet foods. Register for free to access premium content.

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Extrude, dry and coat pet foods for artisanal appearance

Tweaking the extrusion, drying and coating of pet foods offers options for brands to mass produce a product resembling one crafted in a home kitchen.
Pet food producers can adjust aspects of the production process, including extrusion, drying and coating, to fine-tune the look of finished kibble and treats.
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Premium, dog food related to more greenhouse gas than cat

According to one research team, greenhouse gas emissions associated with kibble production accounted for 1.1 to 2.9% of total agricultural emissions.
A research team in Scotland calculated that dog food may be associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions and land use than cat food.
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Plant-based ingredient R&D center open to pet food makers

Buhler’s newly opened Food Application Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, currently focuses on human food, but the Center’s director is open to working with pet food makers too.
The Center could be particularly useful in the development of sustainable plant-based ingredients for dog, cat and other pet foods.
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Pet food safety protocols aid plants’ pandemic protection

The measures used in pet food and animal feed facilities were for food safety, but may have ended up helping slow human disease transmission.
Federal scrutiny of Salmonella and similar microbes in pet food facilities unintentionally may have helped dog, cat and other pet food makers in the pandemic.
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