Petfood Industry - October 2017 - 22
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➥FUNCTIONAL PET FOOD INGREDIENTS DRIVING
whole grains, dietary supplements
(including pycnogenol, collagen,
coenzyme Q10, low-molecularweight hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine
sulfate), beverages, probiotics and
prebiotics," according to "Functional foods in pet nutrition: Focus
on dogs and cats," a research study
published in the June 2017 issue
of Research in Veterinary Science.
Novel ingredients, according to
the study, have been identified as
functional because they provide
health benefits "beyond the provision of essential nutrients, such as
vitamins, minerals, water, proteins,
carbohydrates and fats."
Where to find functional
ingredients in pet food
While the bias is still toward
smaller, niche pet food formulations
that are traditionally known for
focusing on those health benefits,
functional ingredients are being
Healthy Food Ingredients' purple corn
fulfills health claims pet owners may be
looking for, including supporting joint
health, weight management, digestive
health and blood sugar.
Courtesy Healthy Food Ingredients
"People are trying to differentiate themselves from others
in the marketplace by either
providing a unique ingredient or
using an ingredient in a unique
way," said Trevor Faber, nutritionist for Trouw Nutrition. Pet
food manufacturers "are really
trying to provide formulas with
different blends or different ingredients that deliver a benefit."
Superfoods, anything befitting
a "clean label," value-added, less
processed, natural, organic, plantbased proteins - any ingredients
meeting these requirements are
getting a good, long look for their
potential benefits, according to
"We have seen these trends
across all lines and formulas
including private label, store
brand, etc., with food-grade
driving pet food trends,"
Supplemental feeding items,
such as pet food meal toppers (in
powder or liquid form) or gravies,
are current popular methods of
imparting functional benefits,
according to Faber.
"It's kind of a unique way to
deliver the supplement powder
instead of (formulators) putting
it directly in the food; it gives the
customer the power of adding it
themselves and feeling like they're
The US FDA has approved Arcadia
Biosciences' Sonova GLA safflower oil for
use as a functional ingredient in pet food.
Unsurprisingly, it has already been in use
in human foods for several years.