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Penford, Lonza Develop Functional Dog Treats
Penford Food Ingredients Co. , a Centennial, Colo.-based manufacturer of ingredients for the processed food industry, has partnered with chemical and biotechnology company Lonza Group Ltd. to expand its line of functional dog treats.
Penford unveiled the dog treats, which contain Lonza’s L-carnitine product, Carniking, on April 20 at the 2009 Petfood Forum in Chicago.
Carniking plays a fundamental role in energy metabolism, according to Penford. The product also reportedly provides other benefits, such as managing weight and supporting healthy heart and liver function.
“The addition of Carniking is a natural step to bring customers chew treats for dogs that not only deliver on providing oral care benefits, but can also be a convenient way for the consumer to supplement their pets with key functional ingredients,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of business development for Penford.
Penford plans to formulate and manufacture injection-molded dog treats containing Carniking for clients, who would take the dog treats to market, Smith said. Penford's production process ensures that the heat-sensitive L-carnitine is retained in the finished product.
Basel, Switzerland-based Lonza will help Penford test the completed dog treat to make sure it retains a particular Carniking dosage level, which will depend on the use for which the product was formulated, Smith said.
Penford currently has formulas for the pet treat segment that support hip and joint care, along with ot...
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