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That facility was expanded in 1995, and again in 1999. In
2002, C.J. Foods purchased an existing pet food plant in
Bern, which has been expanded upon several times and
where the company is headquartered today.
In 2016, the company purchased an existing pet food
processing facility in Baxter Springs, and in March of this
year acquired Bern-based Lortscher Agri-Service (now
referred to as C.J. Foods Ingredient Division), a provider
of ingredient and milling services. But, back in its humble
beginnings in 1985, C.J. Foods was first a human food
processing company until a unique request came along.

For the birds
C.J. Foods transitioned to extruded pet food in 1992 to
meet a customer's request for 100% organic certified
caged bird food. To meet that need, C.J. Foods became
the first organic certified pet food processor in the United
States. The company was kosher certified when it manufactured human food so the leap to organic certified was
not that difficult. The company requesting organic caged
bird food in 1992 is still a customer of C.J. Foods today.
"Becoming organic certified ended up being something that really paid more dividends years later than it
probably did then," says John Krehbiel, vice president of
corporate sales for C.J. Foods. "What John Kuenzi did
then is really what C.J. Foods does today, which is to be
the only company who can or the only company who
will meet the customer's requirements. That's been the
real key to our success. We've always been a co-manufacturer, so our business from Day 1 has been to make
other companies' products to their exacting specifications." The company established a niche for itself by saying "yes" to the more challenging projects and opportunities that customers offered.
This approach has led to many firsts for C.J. Foods in
addition to organic certification. The company was the
first pet food producer in the U.S. to gain China certification and the first co-packer in the U.S. with the capability
of introducing inclusions such as freeze-dried meats and
dehydrated fruits and vegetables into finished kibble. In
1996, C.J. Foods was the first pet food processor to completely automate an extrusion line from beginning to end.
When brands asked for treats and pet food to be packaged in stand-up, resealable pouches (SURP) and subsequently requested small, quad-style bags, C.J. Foods
invested heavily in technology to fill SURPs and then
eventually to convert from SURPs to bags and to either
box or bale those small package offerings.
All the firsts came as a result of the drive to find a way
Finished kibble as well as pasteurized, bulk freeze-dried
ingredients are held in storage bins and can be custom
blended prior to packaging.

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Pet Food Processing - September 2018
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - Learning curve
TRENDS - Can appeal
PLANT PROFILE - capitalizing ON KIBBLE
SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE - the BUTCHER shop
EDUCATION - Extrusion Cooking 101
REGULATORY - International EXPORTS
FOOD SAFETY - COLD cure
INGREDIENTS - really CLEAN
WORLD MARKETS - South Africa PET FOOD
FORMULATION - balancing ACT
EQUIPMENT - the NEXT STEP
OPERATIONS - What could go WRONG?
PACKAGING - up and COMING
BEST IN SHOW
EVENTS
INDEX
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - OFF THE LEASH - Learning curve
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 10
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - TRENDS - Can appeal
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 12
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 13
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 14
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - PLANT PROFILE - capitalizing ON KIBBLE
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 25
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 26
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE - the BUTCHER shop
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 28
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - EDUCATION - Extrusion Cooking 101
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 30
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 31
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 32
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - REGULATORY - International EXPORTS
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 34
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 35
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 36
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - FOOD SAFETY - COLD cure
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 38
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 39
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 40
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - INGREDIENTS - really CLEAN
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 42
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 43
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 44
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 45
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 46
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - WORLD MARKETS - South Africa PET FOOD
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 48
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 49
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 50
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 51
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 52
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - FORMULATION - balancing ACT
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 54
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 55
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 56
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 57
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 58
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - EQUIPMENT - the NEXT STEP
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 60
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 61
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 62
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - OPERATIONS - What could go WRONG?
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 64
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 65
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 66
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - PACKAGING - up and COMING
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - BEST IN SHOW
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 69
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 70
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 71
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - EVENTS
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 73
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - INDEX
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