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FOOD SAFETY

Training and
education at
each phase of the
product's journey
are important for the
relatively new fresh
and frozen pet food
and treat categories.
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ingredients cooked without preservatives, including USraised chicken and beef. To put the scale of the growing
pet food market into perspective, Freshpet saw second
quarter 2018 net sales increase 23% to $47.6 million,
compared to $38.7 million for the second quarter of
2017, according to the company's Q2 2018 earnings call.
In general, Freshpet's core fresh refrigerated product
offering grew 24.2% compared to the same period the
prior year, which the company said was driven by velocity and distribution gains.
Primal Pet Foods, Fairfield, California, offers frozen-

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raw and freeze-dried pet foods that are sold through pet
specialty retailers in the US and Canada. Primal uses a
temperature-tracking program, which verifies the cold
chain is being maintained correctly every five minutes on
trucks traveling from the company's warehouse to its distributor partners, says Matt Koss, founder and president.
"Our distributor partners are outfitted to store and
distribute our frozen and freeze-dried products without limitations," Koss says. "We do not sell our frozen
products through online retailers due to the challenges
associated with shipping and maintaining product integrity of frozen goods." Primal has established a dual
distribution model in most markets to ensure retailers
are receiving the most efficient and timely service while
minimizing supply chain shortages.
Primal maintains a very rigid and standardized program under a hazard analysis and critical control points
(HACCP) management system, Koss says, to ensure that
all incoming raw materials are of the highest quality
standards and that they have been properly handled
throughout the supply chain. "Our vendor partners are
held to standards that ensure that the most current logistics equipment is being utilized for the delivery of
our raw materials and thorough visual and temperature
inspections are conducted by our staff upon receipt of
goods," he says.
Arthur Kirakosyan, owner of Nature's Pet Club, Los
Angeles, says the 3-year-old company was distributing
products to about 100 locations in California but expanded its operation in November by partnering with
the American Distribution and Manufacturing Co.
in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, to add 700 stores in the
Midwest. The company's Doggy Dawgs pet treats are
made from natural ingredients and are free of grains,
fillers, salt, sugar, artificial ingredients, nitrates and preservatives. Doggy Dawgs treats are distributed in the
freezer section of pet specialty stores.
Kirakosyan says Nature's Pet Club maintains its cold
chain from its US Department of Agriculture-graded
suppliers to its processing facility by keeping the ingredients in low-temperature freezers. For national deliveries,
the company's fully-cooked finished products are sent in
frozen-food trucks. For local deliveries, thermal bags with
dry ice do the trick, Kirakosyan explains. "Once the delivery arrives, we make sure the customer puts it in their
freezer to get the right temperatures," he says. "Ninetynine percent of the stores we deliver to have freezers with
thermometers. Our product can be kept up to 40°F, as the
bacteria kill steps are complete since it's already cooked."

New trick for treats
Poore of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies says the biggest
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CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - Center of attention
TRENDS - REWARDING INDULGENCE
PLANT PROFILE - World Record INNOVATION
PROCESSOR SPOTLIGHT - BEGGIN' FOR MORE
SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS - BARKING UP A NEW TREE
FOOD SAFETY - MANAGING THE COLD
INGREDIENTS - VETTING vegetarian pet food
PACKAGING TRENDS - all about AESTHETICS
FORMULATION - CLEAN BY ANY NAME
EQUIPMENT - MIXING MATTERS
OPERATIONS - Integrated INTELLIGENCE
PACKAGING - sealed and DELIVERED
BEST IN SHOW
EVENTS
SIT, STAY, READ
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - December 2018 - OFF THE LEASH - Center of attention
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - 10
PET Food Processing - December 2018 - TRENDS - REWARDING INDULGENCE
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - PLANT PROFILE - World Record INNOVATION
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - PROCESSOR SPOTLIGHT - BEGGIN' FOR MORE
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS - BARKING UP A NEW TREE
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - FOOD SAFETY - MANAGING THE COLD
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - INGREDIENTS - VETTING vegetarian pet food
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - PACKAGING TRENDS - all about AESTHETICS
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - FORMULATION - CLEAN BY ANY NAME
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - EQUIPMENT - MIXING MATTERS
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - OPERATIONS - Integrated INTELLIGENCE
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - PACKAGING - sealed and DELIVERED
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PET Food Processing - December 2018 - BEST IN SHOW
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