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reason or another, mostly because of consumer
shuttles nutrients from the aerial portion into the root
perception regarding their legacy as "cheap fillers,"
system and drops its leaves, which conserves nutrients.
though that shouldn't detract from their value as a
The stems are harvested, baled and stored.
fiber source in the future.
More recently beet pulp, pea fiber and
rice bran have been used as sources of
For more on the latest pet food ingredient
functional fiber in the diet. They have
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tion of bulking fiber for consistent stools
and fermentable fiber to promote colonic
health. The other prominent fiber used more
for caloric dilution and hairball management has been
For purposes of food and feed, the bales are ground into a
cellulose. Each of these ingredients has been evaluated in a
fine particle size, which can be used directly or can be pelleted
variety of research projects and with the target cat and dog
to increase density for shipping. The material is high in total
species. So, unlike previous columns lamenting the lack
dietary fiber (~90%) with most of this as insoluble fiber (83%)
of information, these have been actively vetted for their
and all other nutrients in relatively insignificant quantities.
utility and value. Though not without their critics, this
The agronomic rationale for farming this plant was to
creates interest in finding alternatives.
capitalize on its cellulose biomass for the ethanol industry.
However, the technology to make that economically viable
The possibilities of Miscanthus grass
hasn't been forthcoming. It has found use as a carrier for
One critique of the current array of fiber sources
a variety of nutrient additives in part because it possesses
is that they are all by-products from processing food
extremely high water absorption capacity, though as a dry
and industrial materials. A potential option for this is
carrier it can be fluffy and may need some modification to
Miscanthus grass (Miscanthus giganteus). It is a C4 grass
achieve ideal flow properties. Given its similarity to cellulose,
that was originally propagated for landscape cover. It
the growers thought it might be a viable candidate as a fiber
has a rapid growth pattern growing to 8 feet or more
source for animals.
and produces substantial tonnage every year. The plant
grows from rhizomes and once a stand is established
Miscanthus grass in pet food
will persist for 20 years or more. Late in the fall, it
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Contents
Why newer pet food formats like freeze dried are rising
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Insect protein key to Entoma Petfood’s innovation
Decline in dog breeders worries Japan pet food industry
How premiumization is driving pet food evolution
Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil
Clean label pet food production and marketing lessons
Chinese pet food market offers opportunities, challenges
Challenges of pet food labeling and public perception
Miscanthus grass: a new fiber option for dog and cat diets
The pet space: from online to omnichannel to omnimarket
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Why newer pet food formats like freeze dried are rising
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - News and Calendar
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Decline in dog breeders worries Japan pet food industry
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - How premiumization is driving pet food evolution
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Dogs and cats readily accept insect-based protein and oil
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Clean label pet food production and marketing lessons
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Chinese pet food market offers opportunities, challenges
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Challenges of pet food labeling and public perception
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Petfood Industry - June 2019 - Miscanthus grass: a new fiber option for dog and cat diets
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