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EQUIPMENT

Technology offers processors a leg up on regulating precise
portions to ensure product safety and consistency.
By Jennifer Barnett-Fox | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com

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The successful production of high-quality pet food and
treats is reliant on subsequent processes of portioning,
mixing, extruding, baking and drying. Portioning is effectively used in pet food and treat processing to reduce
waste without risk, necessitating the need to meet all
weight and measurement statements without error while
managing giveaway within tightly managed parameters.
Accurate portioning technology also assures the perfect
and balanced blend for processing to a finished product
with the delicate balance of nutrients for the animal.
Depending on the product produced, portioning will
include dry powder macro, medium and micro dosing
with 20 to 40 ingredients per batch on average, as well as
a couple of liquids and fresh meat additions. The importance of accurate portioning is the key driver for a consistent high-quality product, as noted by KSE Process
Technology B.V., a producer of primarily dry powder
dosing equipment based in Bladel, the Netherlands.
The portioning does not stop at the dosing of a raw
ingredients with many final mixes being a combination
of differently shaped, colored and sized kibbles. There
are specific solutions available for the end-of-the-line

proportioning of these mix-ins to provide a perfect
blend in each bag.
"A mix of 30% A, 40% B and 30% C kibble combine
to make a specific blend," said Rob Habraken, technical
consultant, KSE. "Not only to provide the right shapes
and colors but also the correct nutrients for the pets'
specific breed and age. Some pet food processors go as
far as to aim for packing specifically per customer. The
value of proportioning is in the quality of the product,
and the accuracy on the mix sets a large part of the final
quality of the product and its effect on the pet."
Proper portioning enables a manufacturer to create
a consistent, repeatable product and ensures pets consume an adequate supply of nutrients without excess
calories to maintain health and wellbeing. It also allows
for exact tailoring of an animal's unique needs.
"Excellent portioning is more valuable with pet food
and treats that use higher quality, more expensive ingredients," said Patrick McGady, national sales manager,
Handtmann, Inc., Lake Forest, Ill. "As the movement toward human food quality continues, processors will be
rethinking their new equipment specifications to ensure

Rotary moulding
systems offer
repeatable portion
accuracy for baked
treats as well as
baked full-feeding
pet diets.
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