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INGREDIENTS
market is starting to gain traction. It
provides humanization, personalization
and variety. But more importantly,
addresses health and well-being.
" Just as more and more people are
realizing their diet influences their
overall health, this awakening goes for
their furry friends, as well, " she added.
" Good pet nutrition can help keep pets
healthy and happy and avoid costly
vet bills. Toppers and mix-ins are great
delivery vehicles for ingredients, such as
fruits and vegetables, that provide benefits
such as digestive health, coat health, joint health,
Not only do fruit
and vegetable
ingredients look
good on a pet food
label or package,
but they are also
an indicator for pet
owners that the
product is good for
their pet's health
and wellbeing.
Nestlé Purina Petcare
drum drying or freeze-drying. They may include a carrier,
which assists in protecting the ingredient's nutritive
value as well as improving ease of use and storage.
" We offer 100% carrier-free drum-dried and freezedried
powders, like blueberry, banana, mango, pumpkin
and sweet potato, which help formulators bring whole
food, plant-based ingredients to their products, just as
nature intended, " Augustine said. " Our portfolio includes
powders with cleaner label carriers, too, such as
cassava flour, tapioca starch, fruit fibers, pea flour and
pea starch, for added versatility. "
Coming out on top
A new category gaining momentum in the pet food sector
is meal toppers and mix-ins.
" While I honestly do not think most dogs and cats
look at their food and think, 'Oh no, not kibble again,' I
do believe pet parents are concerned about feeding their
pets the same thing day in and day out, " Swedberg said.
" This is part of the reason why the topper and mix-in
stress relief, cognitive health and more. "
Swedberg cautioned that because these extras are
added to a meal, it's important to be mindful of calorie
counts when formulating them. She said to prioritize
adding nutritional value or a functional benefit.
" We've been exploring different combinations using
our organic fruit purees, plus veggies and grains, with an
eye toward maximizing nutritional content, " Swedberg
said. " One example is a berry pear oat organic fruit and
veggie blended topper. It has a rich array of nutrients
- antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber - along with
attractive label ingredients. This particular topper was
formulated with antioxidant boosting in mind, as it contains
polyphenol-rich blackberries. "
Delivering goodness
Matt Panasevich, senior nutrition scientist, Blue Buffalo
Co., Wilton, Conn., discussed the use of fruits and fruit
fibers in pet food applications in a recent webinar. He
explained how fruit fibers can be a great source of soluble
and insoluble fiber in pet food formulations to promote
gut health because of the favorable fermentation
characteristics they offer.
" An effective dose of fruit fiber is reached when the
benefits of gut fermentation are achieved without detriments
to nutrient digestibility, stool quality or palatability, "
Swedberg said. " This requires evaluating the ratio of
insoluble to soluble fiber in a finished product. "
In addition to providing fiber, fruits and vegetables
are a source of antioxidants, including flavonoids,
polyphenols, carotenoids, and vitamins C and E.
Antioxidants slow oxidative damage to cells by scavenging
free radicals, which are unstable molecules the body
produces. The type of antioxidant and its functionality
varies by plant species.
Anthocyanins, such as those found in blueberries and
Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, which have functional
antioxidant properties and can support cognitive health in pets.
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