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ny is working to build relationships with ingredient suppliers
to help ensure consistency while also implementing
quality control measures throughout the process.
Packaging and storage represent yet another challenge
as protecting freeze-dried products from moisture and
oxygen is essential. Sprankles for Pets is exploring innovative
packaging solutions that protect products from
moisture and oxygen while also maintaining sustainability
standards and being cost-effective.
Little did we know how
popular [freeze-dried] was
going to be. Not long after we
opened our facility in 2021,
we began plans to expand. "
Chad Kucks, Petsource by Scoular
The supply chain is another obstacle, and it can be difficult
to source proteins from a limited number of sources,
said Basel " Vasili " Nassar, founder and CEO of Boss
Nation Brands, owner of Boss Dog and Boss Cat brands.
At the same time, Smolen emphasized the importance
of collaboration across the supply chain.
" Finding reliable suppliers and manufacturers to ensure
product integrity and consistency is a significant
challenge as products can easily crumble and turn into
dust if not freeze-dried properly, " Smolen said. " We've
been fortunate to collaborate with supportive partners
who share our belief in the brand, helping us overcome
this hurdle. "
Investing in facilities
Scoular began production of freeze-dried pet food at
a $55 million, 105,000-square-foot facility in Seward,
Neb., in early 2021. The company created Petsource by
Scoular as a new subsidiary dedicated exclusively to comanufacturing
freeze-dried pet food.
" When we built the facility, we had high expectations
that it would be quite popular among the brands looking
to get into freeze-dried, " Kucks said. " Little did we
know how popular it was going to be. Not long after we
opened our facility in 2021, we began plans to expand. "
In fact, the company just completed an expansion
that tripled the size of the facility. To accommodate such
growth, Kucks said the company has unique freeze dryers
that provide a competitive edge.
" We've bought freeze dryers that give us the biggest
advantage and can turn batches quickly and make larger
batches, so we are really designed well for efficiency and
large-scale operations, " Kucks said.
Petsource by Scoular also operates with a humangrade
hygienic lens and adheres to some of the highest
regulatory standards, Kucks said. This includes having
separate workforces for raw products and finished goods
and using ultra-violet technology.
" We know with freeze-dried - although it has tremendous
amounts of benefits - there's also a consumer
and brand nervousness around the raw element. So, by
employing the best food safety and quality practices, we
feel like we can make brands more comfortable with offering
those types of products, " Kucks said.
Petsource by Scoular promotes itself using the tagline,
" all under one roof. " This represents the company's ability
to offer end-to-end services that provide brands with
the ability to work with Petsource on taking a product
idea from concept to final retail package, Kucks said.
Carnivore Meat Company opened a new
235,000-square-foot plant at the end of 2023, for which
the company designed and built its own freeze dryers
to produce its freeze-dried products. It currently has 41
freeze dryers, and the company will eventually be able
to increase its capacity to 72 freeze dryers, Lakari said.
In order to develop these made-to-order freeze dryers,
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WagWell entered
the freeze-dried
segment with its
single-ingredient
freeze-dried
treats in beef and
cheese varieties.
WagWell
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