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OPERATIONS
" This was born from the consumer
insight that, as humans, we perceive
that our pets get bored with their
food, " Rabaut said. " Baked & Saucy allows
pet owners to serve it up dry one
meal and wet the next. "
By working with the co-manufacturer's
research and development and
processing teams on how to coat the
kibble and what equipment would be
needed, the two partners " truly built
the product as a team, " Rabaut shared.
Choosing the right partner
Pet food brands are faced with more
scrutiny than ever in terms of product quality
Top: With help from
a co-manufacturing
partner, " I and love and
you " was able to launch
a coated kibble that can
be rehydrated to create
mealtime variety.
" I and love and you "
Bottom: Some co-manufacturers
can offer unique
capabilities that help
brands differentiate and
expand thier portfolios.
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and safety, so building a vetted and reliable network of comanufacturing
partners is vital for continued success. This
includes establishing safeguards and expectations from the
very beginning.
" When partnering with a co-manufacturer, we apply
rigorous quality assurance processes that are backed up by
a thorough system of tests, checks and safeguards, which
apply from ingredient selection right through to the manufacturing
process, " Asaro said.
These safeguards include health, quality and safety testing
of each batch of product at each stage of the process,
and measuring against Health Canada standards for foodborne
pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli, as well as
other quality threats.
The company's co-manufacturers maintain certifications
from bodies including the European Union, US
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), British Retail
Consortium (BRC), Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), all of
which set a high bar for hygienic and safe manufacturing.
" We are 100% committed to protecting the health and
wellness of our pets and, by extension, we expect the same
of the suppliers and partners we work with, " Asaro said.
Sandra Perryman, director of food safety and quality, " I
and love and you, " shared that aside from food safety and
quality checks, her company considers several other factors,
including workplace morale.
" Often, you can sense when things are amiss among employees
because you will observe inefficiencies in various
processes or even disagreements among line staff, " she said.
" I always make a point to visit the break room to gain a better
sense of the overall culture in the facility. "
When choosing a co-manufacturing partner, it's also a
good idea to ask how management has handled past issues
and taken corrective action.
" If a facility says that that they have never experienced a
positive test result on an environmental swab, that should
tell you that their EMP program is probably not very robust, "
Perryman said.
After a partner is chosen, brands can benefit from regularly
visiting the facility to see the production of various
products first-hand and get a general feel for the innerworkings
of a facility. This way, brands can stay in-theknow,
build the relationship, and address any issues that
arise head-on.
Partnering with a co-manufacturer
can pose some limitations,
including ingredient availability
and processing capabilities.
" For example, you may have to
adjust your ingredient wish list to
work within the confines of what
the co-manufacturer already has
available, " Rabaut explained. " You
may also have to adjust packaging
type to meet the capability of
automated equipment in place. "
It's important to consider a comanufacturer's
equipment capabilities
and capacity constraints,
determining whether equipment
needs to be purchased to meet
demands, if training is needed
for operators to produce certain
products in a brand's portfolio,
and any associated cost factors.
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