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" Being able to produce consistent results every single
time is the foundation to a quality freeze-dried product, "
Ashworth said. " Operators and maintainers can already
dial into their Cuddon Freeze Dryer from the computer or
mobile phone, hence reducing the need for on-site monitoring and additional staff. We can also adapt our trolleys to
match the optimal height for individual staff, and we have
an automatic tray loader under development. "
She added most maintenance routines can be carried out
quickly by the maintenance team during the load/unload,
so no time is lost to maintenance.

Going in-house

For pet food companies looking to expand in the freezedry category, having equipment in-house offers certain
benefits such as the ability to monitor quality control and
respond quickly to market demands. Those with their own
freeze-dry equipment can rapidly prototype new products,
tweak the product preparation and freeze-dry recipe as
many times as they want to achieve the desired results.

" Being able to produce
consistent results
every single time is the
foundation to a quality
freeze-dried product. "
Helen Ashworth, Cuddon Freeze Dry

" An in-house system means you have total control over
the product from start to finish and it also protects your
intellectual property, which is the freeze-dry recipe developed specifically for your product, " Ashworth said.
" Anyone can freeze dry a product - it's easy, but your time
and effort to develop a recipe to optimize your product is
what differentiates 'good' from 'bad.' "
During the latter months of 2020, Grand Prairie, Texasbased Prairie Dog Pet Products, a manufacturer of freeze-

Top: Freezedrying systems are
available in a variety
of capacities. The
larger systems can
process up to 5,000
lbs of pre-freezedried product
per cycle.
Sosland Publishing Co.

dried, smoked and natural pet treats, invested heavily in
its freeze-drying equipment and is allocating an additional $18 million this year. That money will go toward
the installation of 300% more freeze-drying capacity at its
Abilene, Texas plant, and Individual Quick Freeze (IQF)
technology to support freeze-dried volumes and initiate
frozen diets.
Ted Mischaikov, chief executive officer of Prairie Dog,
noted the move was made to expand its output across its
manufactured product lines while increasing food safety
and innovation.
" These capital and process initiatives will increase our
prowess and capacity to create the clean, healthy nutrition
customers expect and their pets absolutely deserve, " he
said. " We're advancing aggressively into the future technologies and processes that best serve our brand partners and
the pets they feed. "
Mitch Felderhoff, owner and president of sales and marketing for Muenster Milling, headquartered in Muenster,
Texas, shared the company uses a combination of large
Parker freeze dryers and home-built units with custom
control boxes.
" The customized units are smaller than the large units
and allow us to produce a more diverse product mix as we
can do batches as small as 800 lbs, " he said. " It has worked
great for us in the R&D phase as well, allowing us to perfect
the recipe prior to scaling to larger production runs. "

Bottom: Lowtemperature freezedrying processes
deliver highprotein, minimally
processed foods
with clean labels
that the market
is currently
demanding.
Petsource

Streamlining the manual steps

Loading and unloading trays of freeze-dried products is

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