2024 Pet Food Processing Trends

2024 pet food processing trends

As pet owners become increasingly conscious about the health and well-being of their furry friends, the pet food industry is evolving to meet their demands. With changing trends in pet food processing, new equipment and techniques are required to fulfill the growing needs of the market. Is your pet food plant ready to adapt? 

At APEC, we understand the importance of staying ahead of these trends and providing our customers with the most advanced pet food processing equipment. In this article, we will explore the pet food trends and how APEC’s pet food processing equipment can support these innovations. 

Supporting Pet Food Processing Trends

Raw Food

 One of the emerging trends in pet food processing is the popularity of raw food diets for pets. Many pet owners believe that feeding their furry friends raw, unprocessed ingredients like meat, fruits and vegetables is the key to optimal health. This trend requires specialized pet food processing equipment that can handle raw ingredients safely and efficiently.  

Dehydrated Food 

Dehydrated food is another popular option among pet owners, as it offers the convenience of kibble with the benefits of whole, natural ingredients. Dehydrated food retains more of the nutrients present in the original ingredients compared to traditional processed pet food. 

Fresh Pet Rolls

Fresh pet rolls, also known as refrigerated pet food, are gaining traction in the pet food market. These rolls are made with high-quality ingredients and offer a convenient option for pet owners who prefer not to cook or prepare their pet’s food from scratch. 

APEC’s Pet Food Processing Solutions 

Bulk Bag Unloader 

APEC’s bulk bag unloader is an excellent solution for this. It allows for easy and hygienic handling of large quantities of raw ingredients, ensuring that the freshness and nutritional value of the food are preserved.

Liquid & Dry Micro Ingredient System

APEC’s micro ingredient system is truly changing the processing industry. This system precisely measures nutritional additives to the dehydrated food mix. This ensures that the final product has consistently balanced nutrition, batch after batch.

Horizontal Ribbon Mixer 

APEC’s horizontal ribbon mixer is an excellent choice for processing fresh pet rolls. This versatile mixer ensures thorough mixing and uniform distribution of ingredients, resulting in a high-quality product with a consistent texture and flavor. 

Mistcoater Liquid Coating System

For traditional kibble production, APEC’s Mistcoater is an invaluable tool. This equipment is specifically designed to evenly coat dry kibble with liquid coatings, such as oils or flavorings. The mistcoater ensures that each piece of kibble is coated uniformly, without the risk of clogged nozzles.

Lead the Pack with APEC

If you are looking to stay ahead of the competition and provide your customers with cutting-edge pet food solutions, partner with APEC. Our knowledgeable technicians, comprehensive parts inventory and preventative maintenance program ensure that your equipment operates smoothly and efficiently. Contact us to discover the APEC Advantage and explore our customizable and automated pet food processing equipment today.