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PLANT PROFILE
Top: Employees prep product for the freeze dryer by loading
it onto trays.
Bottom: The freeze-drying process protects and maintains
the nutrition and taste of the ingredients while extending
the pet food's shelf life.
manufacturers under one roof. "
The creation of Petsource allowed Scoular to
marry the knowledge it had from the raw materials
side of the business with expertise from the manufacturing
side. The Seward plant is an end-to-end
solution combining ingredients, meat processing,
freeze drying and finished packaging solutions.
" We can do everything from procurement,
blending, off-site HPP (high pressure processing),
freeze-drying and packaging all at this location, "
said Jon Heussner, vice president of operations. " It's
truly an end-to-end process. "
Meeting demand
Amid increased pet ownership across the country
and a continued trend toward alternative premium
pet food formats, Scoular's decision to enter the
freeze-dried pet food and treat market was no accident
- it was a simple act of supply and demand.
" The raw, freeze-dried pet food emerging trend
is so popular right now, " Heussner said. " There's a
big demand for it, and we're helping to support that
demand. "
The freeze-drying process protects and maintains
the nutrition and taste of the pet food ingredients,
maintaining the raw product state, while
extending the product's shelf life without added
preservatives.
" The utilization of freeze-drying technology for
food manufacturing has been growing in the pet
space for good reason - this is a gentle process
which preserves the vitamins, minerals and nutritional
value of the protein and ingredients in each
recipe, " Patterson said. " After freeze-drying, the food
is shelf-stable and a convenient, on-the-go feeding
or treat option for our active pet owners.
" We are excited to help support the growth in
the freeze-dried pet food segment, " she added.
As the trend toward humanization of pet food
continues, pet parents are looking for more nutrient-dense,
high-protein, raw formulations.
" The humanization of pet food has been going
on for five or so years now, " said Chad Kucks, vice
president of sales and supply chain. " Consumers
are looking to treat their animals more like family
members - 'If it's good for me, it's probably good
for my dog too.' "
" We have a leadership team with
over 100 years of food processing
experience from Fortune 100
food manufacturing companies. "
Amy Patterson, Petsource by Scoular
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