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PROCESSOR PROFILE
" First we had to
learn what canning
was all about. "
Mark Sailer, KLN Family Brands
" If we haven't outgrown this line in the next
two to three years, we haven't met our goals, "
Sailer said.
When that time comes, Tuffy's might opt
to use the additional 20 acres it pre-purchased
next door to the Delano plant, or it
could build another plant elsewhere. For
now, the plan is to add capacity and SKUs
and to get more branded canned product on
the shelves.
Canning is set up as a separate production
and packaging line, with finished product
stored at an off-site warehouse for fulfillment.
All SKUs currently produced at the plant are
Tuffy's branded NutriSource products, in 5
½-oz and 13-oz cans for dogs and cats.
Empty cans come in on a pallet and are
lined up to go through inspection before any
product is added. Vision inspection systems
look for dents or discoloration of the cans
before the lidless cans are again lined up and
filled with the meat " pâté. " Before this stage,
the meat is ground and mixed with other dry
and wet ingredients to form the pâté and then
precooked. After the cans are filled, lids are
placed and the cans are sent through a checkweigher,
can washer, x-ray machine and then
code dated before being layered into baskets
for retort.
While cook times vary depending on the
moisture level of the product in the can, a typical
cook and cool cycle in the retort/pressure
cooker is around 1 ½ hours. After cooling, the
cans move on to labeling and sorting. They go
through a checkweigher once again before the
final packaging and palletizing step.
With all canned product currently falling
under the Tuffy's brand, it's easiest to
store inventory and fulfill orders from an
off-site warehouse, less than 10 miles away in
Greenfield, Minn.
The pet treat plant was designed to be as flexible as
possible, which includes having a packaging distribution
system that feeds, separates and weighs product
before they are fed directly into packages.
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