Functional flours for Petfood

When it comes to Petfood, treats have enjoyed great success in recent years whether extruded, pressed or natural dried. There is currently a wide range of products available in many different forms.

Technologists are looking for highly functional natural binders able to give a product a firm but easy-to-chew texture. Water content and liquid functional ingredients are bound in the product due to the use of Limagrains PetFlour Range. 

These grain and non-grain product solutions can be pregelatinized, special dried or grinded and have an instant binding capacity. In addition to their functionality, the products are also easy for the animal to digest.

The special PetFlour ingredients developed by Limagrain Ingredients are made of dried flour and subject to heat treatments. The drying of the flour deactivates the enzymes and sterilises the flour. In addition, the flour's water content can be regulated by drying it until the desired water content is achieved. When the flour is extruded, the starch granules are extracted from their original structure. This process means that the starch can swell and the flour is dispersible in cold water.

Nutritional values and functionalities are essential factors for developing innovative pet food treats. Nutritional values refer to the calorie and protein content, while functionality may represent various elements such as solubility, softness, binding or flexibility.

The pet food must have also have good composition as this plays an important role for a healthy life of the pets.

The product must be as tasty as it looks so it is accepted by the pet. Because the pet owner is the decision maker, the products must have an attractive appearance and are visibly good for the pet.