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INGREDIENTS

Sustainable
ingredient
sourcing
Options for supplying pet food and treat ingredients in a
more environmentally friendly manner.
By Donna Berry | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com

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It took a pandemic for consumers to wake up and understand the fragility of our food chain. The concept of
sustainable agriculture and sourcing of food ingredients
has resonated with many. More consumers are seeking
out companies that prioritize efforts focused on feeding
the growing human and pet populations and preserving
the planet at the same time.
" Sustainable ingredient sourcing is fueling product
development, " said Deena Krestel-Rickert, chief executive officer, Four Paws Solutions, St. Louis. " Access to
such information is just a click away. "
A company's sustainability story can make or break a
sale. This is especially true in e-commerce, where pet care,
followed by pet food, are the second- and third-largest
consumer packaged goods categories for online sales, according to market research firm Statista, New York.
" Ingredient sustainability is ultimately a matter of
whether the production and use of the ingredient creates
net positive impacts for its users and every community
it touches, from source, throughout the supply chain
and to consumption, even post-consumption health, "
said Andy Gale, marketing manager, Pet Sustainability
Coalition, Boulder, Colo. " This includes environmental
impacts, as well as additional considerations of animal
and human welfare. 'Sustainable' in the context of ingredients is not about being 'less sustainable' but more
about ensuring that there are no external costs that negatively impact ecological or human wellbeing.
" Proteins are perhaps the most important ingredient to address with respect to sustainability due to the

importance of proteins as a pet food ingredient, and the
resulting magnitude of impacts in producing most proteins used in pet foods, " Gale added. " Most commercial
dog foods, for example, have a protein content averaging
around 25% (by dry weight mass). "
These proteins provide concentrated energy and nutrition for pets, but the supply chain that creates them has a
greater magnitude of impact (by mass) to ecological and
social systems. Thus, it's not surprising that preliminary
research suggests that proteins have, by far, the highest environmental impact compared to other ingredients.
" The push to use up more land and water to feed people and animals eats up the planet, " said Anne Carlson,
founder and chief executive officer, Jiminy's, Berkeley,
Calif. " The UN projects the planet will go from 7 billion people to 9.7 billion by 2050... Sustainability isn't a
luxury anymore. It's a necessity. "
A report commissioned by the American Feed
Industry Association's Institute for Feed Education
and Research, the Pet Food Institute and the North
American Renderers Association estimated that US pet
food manufacturers purchase 6.9 billion lbs of animal
protein per year, many of which are derived from rendered products.

Consumers are
increasingly focused
on the impact pet
food and treat
ingredients have on
the environment.
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Eliminating protein waste

One approach to sustainability is eliminating food waste.
In the pet food world, this has been a long-time practice through the process known as rendering. To render
means " to reduce, convert or melt down (fat) by heating. "

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