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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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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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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Automation in pet food: optimizing production, safety

Automating the pet food production process is becoming increasingly appealing as consumers require more from the final product.

Learn about the benefits and challenges of automation in the pet food production process, including with regards to safety, efficiency, traceability and manpower replacement.


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Criteria for choosing extruded dog, cat food ingredients

Nutrition, processability and other practical concerns, along with sustainability and marketability influence the choices pet food formulators make when developing recipes.

Certain criteria influence why pet food formulators choose specific ingredients for new recipes to be processed in extruders.


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