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"The water activity of the product over
time will be dictated by the combination of
packaging and storage conditions."
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applies to all of the ingredients used
in pet foods, including moisture
management tools, emulsifiers, gelling agents, and preservatives.
According to Lundberg, there are
a few highly functional, clean label
ingredients in the market that help
manage water migration. For instance,
Citri-Fi citrus fiber helps improve
product quality in many pet foods and
treats to enhance their processability,
moistness and final texture.
"This is due to this natural citrus
fiber's high ability to bind both water
and oil," Lundberg said. "Because it
is labeled as citrus fiber, citrus flour,
or dried citrus pulp, Citri-Fi resonates well with the natural pet food
markets and can be used to replace
chemical emulsifiers and moisture
binding agents."
In semi-moist treats, Citri-Fi retains moistness during cooking as
well as over the product's shelf life by
tightly bonding with water and fat.
For extruded products, Citri-Fi will
aid in water and oil binding to improve processing, reduce separation
and maintain desired mixing and
friction levels during extrusion.
"Additionally, citrus fiber has
shown to improve strength and
extend chew time in molded injection bones," Lundberg said. "And
Citri-Fi helps reduce crumbing in
biscuits during handling. Typical
usage rates are 0.2% up to 1% depending on the level of water and
oil binding needed. Customers are
using our product to either displace other hydrocolloids or fibers
that do not retain high levels of
moisture and fat, or to minimize
the amount of ingredients used in
a formulation. Both strategies are


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