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Dicers and slicers are indispensable in pet food and treat
production. With a wide range of new and innovative
products entering the market, these pieces of equipment
are now used for a variety of different applications.
" Equipment that can handle both frozen and hot
products is particularly important for pet food and
treat processors, " said Nehemiah White, market manager,
Deville Technologies, Saint-Laurent, Quebec.
" Applications include reduction and dicing of frozen
muscle meat and byproducts for freeze-dried treats (e.g.,
liver, lung, heart), dicing of hot, cooked products for
canned and pouched foods, slicing of formed products
for bagged treats, and reduction of refrigerated products
for ready-to-eat meal products. "
With more pet owners adopting a raw, fresh or frozen
diet for their pets, the demand for food and treats made
from fresh ingredients continues to rise. Dicers and slicers
play a key role in processing these formats.
" Slicers (and dicers) are used on the raw side of pet
treat processing, mainly for 'whole muscle' proteins, as
well as vegetables, " explained Mike Maki, director of thermal
processing, Fusion Tech Integrated, Roseville, Ill.
Dicers and slicers often process the premium ingredients
for wet pet foods, freeze-dried products and popular
single-ingredient dried treats, all trends that manufacturers
are embracing.
" Urschel has fresh veggie cutting applications such
as reducing sweet potatoes into dices, strips or slices for
making freeze-dried and dehydrated dog treats as well
as additives for different meat and veggie pet food mixes, "
said Mike Jacko, vice president of applications and
new product innovation, Urschel, Chesterton, Ind. " We
also dice meats for freeze-dried meat snacks, and shred
cooked whole muscle and processed meats for high-end
cat and dog foods. "
Slicers are commonly used to maintain consistent
slicing thickness prior to smoking, cooking or drying.
" Because the product must be extremely dry for shelf
life, differences in thickness are a huge problem due to
long drying times, " Maki said. " If you have to 're-cook'
the thicker pieces, you are tying up additional oven production
time. "
In addition, dicing and slicing equipment is used to
reduce the size of continuously extruded product.
" As product exits an extrusion head, processors are
placing slicers inline to cut the extruded product into
pet treat sticks, " commented Bill Williams, product line
manager, slicing, dicing, shredding and volumetric filling,
Marlen, Riverside, Mo.
Needs and challenges
Modern dicers and slicers must be incredibly versatile due
to the huge variety of pet food and treat products on the
market, as well as the growth of the industry as a whole.
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Pet food
applications
and especially
pet treats
require a wide
range of dicing
and slicing
capabilities to
meet the
current trends.
Marlen
Slices
Dicing and slicing applications for pet food and treats
require equipment that is up to the challenge.
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