At AFB International, we develop and produce palatants to make pet foods more enticing to cats and dogs. While food enhancers like ours are often measured in terms of content like protein, moisture, fat and ash, our research team wanted to discover what other parameters could help ensure our palatants consistently enhance pet food performance—including physical, chemical and nutritional aspects.
To study the impact of these considerations, we used two-bowl paired comparison palatability tests and various analytical tests on multiple lots of a commercial dry cat food, then conducted follow-up statistical analyses. The study looked for correlations between enhanced performance of the cat food and in-process parameters like temperature, times, pressure and pH, and finished product parameters such as amino acid content, bulk density and flowability.
Our seminal research results indicated proper control of a combination of in-process, physical and chemical component parameters is critical to consistently performing palatants. For a detailed look at the parameters explored and correlations found, review our research results in the free download Process and Product Parameters Affecting Pet Food Performance.
At AFB, these research insights were the basis for our enhanced performance monitoring program, entailing longer-term observation and data collection to establish appropriate performance criteria for our products—which are then carefully monitored and controlled. The result? New best practices in AFB quality assurance to help ensure customer satisfaction.
Pet food suppliers, take note: This process is particularly helpful in new product launches with new ingredients and/or new technologies.