Pet Food Equipment

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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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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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2 top pet food equipment supplier challenges

Current supply chain complexities and an increasing need for equipment flexibility are keeping equipment suppliers on their toes.

Learn about two of the top pet food equipment challenges right now, including difficulties with the supply chain and pet food manufacturers’ need for multifaceted tools.


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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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2 freeze-dried pet food ingredient trends: raw, upcycled

As pet owners continue to focus on health and nutrition aspects of their animals’ foods, freeze-dried ingredients may help pet food companies provide shelf-stable, minimally processed options.
Demand for freeze-dried meats, fruits and vegetables continues to grow, as pet food makers look for ways to differentiate their products while preserving ingredients’ nutrients.
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