PET Food Processing - June 2022 - 20

PROCESSOR PROFILE
The packaging lines
at the Delano plant
combine automation
and flexibility,
with hand-packed
lines allowing for
customization and
automated lines for
larger customers.
lows Tuffy's to take on new projects and products. Food
safety standards that were also built into the facility provide
the opportunity to offer high quality products to all
their partners.
When CRB took on the assignment of designing the
greenfield facility, the company was tasked with building
a plant that could maintain segregation, cleanability and
sanitation without risking efficiency.
Some of those plant features include two dedicated
ingredient receiving docks - one for wet, one for dry
- which allow ingredients to stay separate until they are
added to formulations. Pre-kill and post-kill areas of the
plant are also separated to help ensure cross contamination
will be avoided throughout the facility. In fact,
workers in the pre-kill and post-kill areas of the plant
are separated from the time they come to work until the
time they leave, with different entrances, breakrooms
and locker rooms.
Supervisors who need to interact with both areas of
the plant are able to do so through computer controls
and cameras instead of crossing over from one side of
the plant to the other.
Raw ingredients, most of which are pre-blended, are
brought in super sacks into the pre-batch room. Dry
blending is completed and then liquid ingredients,
stored in totes, barrels and drums, are mixed in.
" Putting canning in a
treat facility when it
wasn't the original plan
would never have been
possible without
built-in flexibility. "
Mark Sailer, KLN Family Brands
While many manufacturers use pre-blended meat
slurries in their products, Tuffy's starts with 50-lb frozen
meat blocks to create its own meat slurry recipes. The
company incorporated a separate meat processing room
into the facility so they could manage the product and
keep it separate until it's ground, mixed and incorporated
into the recipes. The operation features an automated
system to add liquids to the meat slurry. Flow meters
and automated load cells allow the addition of up to
eight different liquids to the meat slurry, automatically.
Product mixtures then move to one of the two extruTuffy's
Treat Company started making semi-moist pet treats at its
Delano, Minn., plant in October 2020.
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