Hill’s plans small dog feeding trial facility in Kansas

Once completed, the feeding trial facility will house 80 dogs of 20 pounds or less.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition plans to build a 23,000-square-foot facility largely devoted to conducting feeding trials with small dogs, reported the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Shawnee County Commission approved construction of the research building at Hill’s existing property in Topeka, Kansas. Read more.


Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil

Dogs readily accepted the kibble with black soldier fly meal at up to 20% inclusion and with insect-based oil at up to 5%.

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In feeding trials with both dogs and cats, pet foods made with insect-based ingredients had similar palatability and digestibility to kibble containing conventional pet food protein and oil sources. The dog and cat food ingredients came from black soldier fly larvae, which increasingly serve as both a protein and palatant in pet foods, as regulatory barriers fall away. Read more.


Wall, Tim, and Tim Wall. “Dogs and Cats Readily Accept Insect-Based Protein and Oil.” PetfoodIndustry.com, PetfoodIndustry.com, 6 May 2019, http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/8117-dogs-and-cats-readily-accept-insect-based-protein-and-oil.

Smoke and vinegar as clean label pet food ingredients

Petfood Innovation Workshop attendees visited seven stations featuring aspects of how pet food companies can meet dog, cat and other pet food owners’ demands for clean label pet food

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Although consumers demand easy-to-understand recipes, clean label pet foods can be anything but simple for formulators. The clean label pet food trend challenges manufacturers to create shelf-stable, nutritious and safe pet foods with a limited range of ingredients, while still keeping those products highly palatable. Read more.


Wall, Tim, and Tim Wall. “Smoke and Vinegar as Clean Label Pet Food Ingredients.” PetfoodIndustry.com, PetfoodIndustry.com, 30 Apr. 2019, http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/8109-smoke-and-vinegar-as-clean-label-pet-food-ingredients.