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Tech extruder to the original facility. When it came
time to decide which extruders to purchase for the
new facility, Tuffy's chose to go with three Extru-Tech
925, single-screw systems. They are currently in the
process of adding a fourth Extru-Tech extruder, but
this time they chose the model 750 to enable Tuffy's
to produce a higher meat-inclusion kibble as well as
other more unique product offerings.
"It was a very difficult decision for us," Ebeling
says. "We grew up with Wenger extruders. We had
three originally and when we added a fourth [to the
original plant] we put in an Extru-Tech. So we had
some experience with Extru-Tech extruders. When
all was said and done, that's what we decided to go
with. We spent a lot of time wrestling over that. The
relationship we built with Wenger over the years was
strong, but they took it in stride."
Tuffy's still works closely with both Wenger and
Extru-Tech. Each of the Extru-Tech 925 extruders are
paired with a Wenger preconditioner. The new ExtruTech 750 is paired with an Extru-Tech preconditioner.

The process
For dry pet food processing at Tuffy's, milled and
blended dry ingredients and meat slurries are combined in the preconditioners that feed the extruders. From the extruders, products go to Extru-Tech
double-pass dryers and on to coaters where both liquid and dry ingredients can be added.
Tuffy's coating system stores up to 26 possible liquid inputs and two powder additions, which are typically a prebiotic or probiotic and a dry palatant. The
liquids are sprayed into the coaters and the powders
are blown in before products are discharged into 25ft., vertical, cone-shaped, stainless-steel Extru-Tech
coolers that bring the product temperature down.
Finished product is stored in one of 30 bins prior to
packaging. With the exception of a few hand-added
dry micro ingredients back at the mill, the entire kibble system is automated.
Samples are taken off of the dryers and the coolers and tested for bulk density and moisture. Both
production samples and finished product samples are
tested for proteins, moisture, fats, ash, pH, water activity, and glycols and sorbates on treats. All products
are held for third-party pathogen testing results prior
to being released.
Top: NutriSource was developed to meet a need from
independent retailers and it soon became Tuffy's staple in
the super premium category.
Bottom: After being cooled, product can be stored in one of
30 finished product storage bins prior to packaging. 

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PET Food Processing - December 2019
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - Telling stories
TRENDS - Cold is HOT
PLANT PROFILE - AGGRESSIVELY GROWING
FOOD SAFETY - TEST and verify
INGREDIENTS - FOCUSED ON THE FACTS
FORMULATION - Balanced for BIOEFFICACY
EQUIPMENT - HANDLE with care
Harnessing HEAT
OPERATIONS - Starting Fresh
PACKAGING - Can do WITHOUT?
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
FEATURE EVENT - LUCKY 13th
EVENTS
AD INDEX
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - OFF THE LEASH - Telling stories
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 7
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 8
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - TRENDS - Cold is HOT
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PLANT PROFILE - AGGRESSIVELY GROWING
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FOOD SAFETY - TEST and verify
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - INGREDIENTS - FOCUSED ON THE FACTS
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FORMULATION - Balanced for BIOEFFICACY
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - EQUIPMENT - HANDLE with care
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - Harnessing HEAT
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - OPERATIONS - Starting Fresh
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PACKAGING - Can do WITHOUT?
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - BEST IN SHOW
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PATENTS TO PONDER
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 70
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FEATURE EVENT - LUCKY 13th
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - EVENTS
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - AD INDEX
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