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"What we were
told, and what has
proven to be true,
is every protein
and product size
runs differently."
Chad Felderhoff

addition of freeze-dried foods and treats.
Starting in 1989 with the addition of a Wenger 185
single-screw extruder and dryer, the company began
making dry pet food using all dry protein meal. Then in
2016, with the addition of an Extru-Tech preconditioner
and new screw configurations, Muenster started including wet protein in its formulas. Today, the dry dog food
operation produces 6 tons per hour on a system that includes an Extru-Tech preconditioner, a Wenger extruder
and dryer, an Ever Extruder knife and die plate system,
an APEC fat coater that feeds a Hamer Automatic bag
hanger, and a packaging line that utilizes a Chantland
robot palletizer that was added when Mitch and Chad
went to college. Prior to that, they were the palletizers.
The company has four small bag packaging lines and
one large bag system at the milling extrusion facility.
They have three All-Fill machines for packages from 1
oz. to 8 lbs., a Matrix form/fill/seal system with an Ishida
scale for packages 3 lbs. up to 25 lbs., and a large bag system at the mill with the robotic palletizer for anything
greater than 25 lbs.
With the addition of the freeze-drying facility, Muenster
currently employs 48 people across three campuses: the

new facility for freeze drying and small packaging, the
original mill location that now produces extruded pet food
and feed, and a 10-acre campus with two warehouses and
a 400,000 bushel grain elevator. Across both warehouses,
the company has five loading docks and room for more
than 2,800 pallets of finished product. The mill and extrusion plant are ruminant free because the company produces horse feed. On the dry side, about 50% of production is pet food and 50% is equine. Muenster produces a
small amount of dry cat food, but that will be phased out
to focus on freeze-dried food for cats instead. Including
both dry-food and freeze-dried processing, the company's
production is approximately 30% Muenster brand and 70%
co-manufacturing or private label.

Some overlap of these
freeze-dried chicken
meatballs made of
ground chicken breasts
is fine as long as each
piece has some contact
with the tray.

Focused on the fifth

The company has been growing an average of 12% per
year with a few recent years of 25 to 30% growth. Mitch
and Chad plan to continue growing the company by adding new capabilities and additional capacity over the next
few years. After adding six to eight more freeze-dry systems, they plan to offer kibble mixed with freeze-dried
products. They also plan on expanding their dry food capacity by building a new extrusion facility and adding a
second extrusion line.
The brothers are focused on building a strong business
for the fifth generation. Mitch explains what drives their
decisions by saying, "We are fourth-generation familyowned and we don't have shareholders to answer to, so
our goal is to make the best food so that when we pass this
on to the next generation we can sleep at night knowing
we fed the animals well." Until then, the nights are short
for Chad. "The feed mill closes at midnight, so from midnight to 6 a.m., I can actually sleep."
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PET Food Processing - September 2019
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - JOINT EFFORT
TRENDS - COMPLIANCE retooling
PLANT PROFILE - FREEZING IN TEXAS
FOOD SAFETY - Navigating FSMA inspections
REGULATORY - it's time
FEATURE EVENT - COLD KIBBLE
INGREDIENTS - BOOSTING the appeal
FORMULATION - THE PULSE ON PULSES
UNDERSTANDING DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY
EQUIPMENT - CUTTING them down to size
EQUIPMENT - NO STRINGS ATTACHED
OPERATIONS - improved EFFICIENCIES
PACKAGING - ADEPT AT ADAPTING
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
EVENTS
SIT, STAY, READ
AD INDEX
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - OFF THE LEASH - JOINT EFFORT
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - TRENDS - COMPLIANCE retooling
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - PLANT PROFILE - FREEZING IN TEXAS
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - FOOD SAFETY - Navigating FSMA inspections
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - REGULATORY - it's time
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - 31
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - FEATURE EVENT - COLD KIBBLE
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - 33
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - INGREDIENTS - BOOSTING the appeal
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - FORMULATION - THE PULSE ON PULSES
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - 43
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - UNDERSTANDING DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - 46
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - EQUIPMENT - CUTTING them down to size
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - EQUIPMENT - NO STRINGS ATTACHED
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - OPERATIONS - improved EFFICIENCIES
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - PACKAGING - ADEPT AT ADAPTING
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - BEST IN SHOW
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PET Food Processing - September 2019 - PATENTS TO PONDER
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - EVENTS
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - SIT, STAY, READ
PET Food Processing - September 2019 - AD INDEX
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