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“Creating pet food formulas from concepts, reverse engineering existing pet foods, and troubleshooting pet food production and quality control compliance issues using formulation software were additional learning outcomes of the training,” said Greg Aldrich, research associate professor in the department of Grain Sciences and Industry.
More of the topics covered included understanding ingredients, processes, and software necessary to create products; revising existing formulas; perform business and production analysis; gaining an understanding of the raw ingredients used to produce pet foods, their general composition and processing considerations; fundamental principles of companion animal nutrition and dietary needs; learning the processes involved with producing pet foods, the regulatory constraints regarding claims and requirements, and the transportation and storage factors involved with marketing effective foods for companion animals; and studying the range formulation tools common to the trade.
Along with presentations and demonstrations led by KSU and AIB International (American Institute of Baking) faculty and staff, participants also gained hands-on experience in the Pet Food Processing Lab, and Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program (BIVAP) on the KSU campus.
“As the industry grows and improves, the Department of Grain Sciences and Industry at K-State is continually striving toward significant research developments and works hand-in-hand with the goals of the feed and food industry to promote and develop pet food processing.”