Tackle the challenge of pet food formulation

The trend of pet food premiumization has led to rising competition among pet food manufacturers to develop new formula to meet the demand for high-end pet food. Premium and niche products that help to improve dental hygiene and health issues are growing fast thanks to ecommerce development. To take factors such as protein, vegetables, pet aging and obesity into consideration, pet food producers are challenged by various changing pet food formulations. In the meanwhile, nutritional guidelines and veterinary controls require specific nutritional values and bacteriological characteristics of the feed materials for pet food.

Tackle the challenge of pet food formulation

Pet food ingredients

Meat, fish, cereals and vegetables or supplements are common ingredients for pet food. Besides bacteriological characteristics, freshness, palatability, nutritional quality and digestibility are the elements to pay special attention to in order to maintain the highest standard of quality control. Meat by-products, poultry pieces or fish fillet leftovers are often mixed with vegetables and cereals to create the perfectly balanced mixture before extrusion and drying the final product. This means that dosing and weighing is a crucial step in pet food production to make sure every ingredient is precisely dosed and weighed to achieve the right balance according to the formula.

Weighing and dosing for highly complex formulations

Automatic dosing and weighing technology can help to tackle the challenge of highly complex formulations. It also eliminates all risk of human error and avoid any physical contact of the operators with the materials and food. For example, KSE’s containerized and automated dosing system uses silos and makes sure no cross-contamination occurs during ingredient exchanges or transportation. Not only this guarantees high level of sanitation, but also helps to achieve high accuacy. Read more about silo dosing system for pet food here.