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EQUIPMENT

COLD facts

The latest buzz in freeze
drying equipment.

By Keith Loria | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com

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Freeze dried pet foods, treats and added freeze-dried bits
and inclusions to traditional kibble are very popular with
the segment, increasing 13.3% since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to Nielsen.
So, it's not too surprising that many manufacturers are
investing in freeze-dried equipment and upping their production levels.
Helen Ashworth, business manager for New Zealandbased Cuddon Freeze Dry, noted the COVID-19 pandemic
has highlighted the importance of business resilience, and
the need for the company's pet food clients to have the right
equipment and skills to deliver freeze-dried products to the
market while being agile in the uncertain climate.
" Efficient working practices with a clear understanding
of whole-of-life operational costs means you can hit the
market with the right product at the right time, in sufficient
quantity to meet demand, " she said.
Ashworth noted there are two main growth areas for
freeze-dried pet food product: taking the very best raw or
pre-prepared product, harvested at its optimal time, and
freeze drying it with minimal handling; and creating value
out of waste products, producing a completely new set of ingredients for either whole foods, treats or health supplements.
" Therefore, these products need the range of functionality in the equipment used to produce them to allow product creators to explore the envelope and develop a production process that makes that product sing, and which end
users are prepared to pay for in the marketplace, " she said.

Steven Moore, director of food safety, quality and innovation for Omaha, Neb.-based Petsource by Scoular, said
there has been an increased focus lately on whole-animal
nutrition with a drive toward exact percentages of proteins
and vegetables.
" We are also seeing more functional formulas for solutions toward a specific benefit, i.e. digestibility, coat health,
weight control, " he said. " We continue to see tremendous
opportunities for innovation in the freeze-dried ingredient
space, both within the complete meal and treat product offerings. Pet owners have a strong interest in providing their
pets with feeding options which are high in protein and yet
convenient to feed; freeze-dried provides a great solution
for both of these preferences. "
Jon Heussner, director of operations and engineering,
Petsource by Scoular, added the company's freeze-dry
chambers can process approximately 4,000 to 5,000 lbs per
cycle, which can last anywhere from 10 to 18 hours.
" There are many variables to consider when determining the correct size system for your operations, such as a
company's growth strategy, markets to pursue, access to
capital, and having a team that can execute, " he said. " You
want to make sound business decisions and not overbuy,
and to make sure your return on investment meets your
company's expectations. "
Brian Mumford, chief operating officer, ProForm
Fabrication, LLC, Winstead, Minn., parent company of
Parker Freeze Dry, which produces freeze-dried equipment

This beef pet food
product is blended,
formed into patties
and individually quick
frozen before it is
placed on trays and
freeze-dried.
Sosland Publishing Co.

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