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facturer founded in 1985 and headquartered in
Lortscher, an ingredients supplier
Bern, Kansas, USA. "Being centrally located within
located in Bern, Kansas, sees logistical
the U.S. itself, logistically, has been beneficial to
opportunities as one of the primary
our success as well." The company currently operperks of being located in the Corridor.
ates four separate pet food manufacturing facilities
Photo courtesy Lortscher Animal Nutrition
that produce a majority of superpremium kibble pet
food for more than 35 brands, and three of the four
close to many manufacturers of pet food,"
facilities are within 35 miles of Sabetha.
said Mike Karas, director of marketing
"Additionally, in 2018 CJ Foods acquired
for Schenck Process LLC. "Distance
Lortscher Animal Nutrition (also headquartered in
equals quicker ship times and faster
Bern), adding their ingredient processing (all for pet
service response." Schenck is a worldwide
food) facilities in Bern; Seneca, Kansas; and Brownsupplier of weighing, feeding, conveying,
wood, Texas, to the mix," said Krehbiel. "Today CJ
screening and automation technologies.
and Lortscher together employ over 475 people,
"Wenger Mfg. began supplying extruand 375 of those are within 35 miles of Sabetha."
sion systems to the first producers of pet
Lortscher itself has been in the pet food business for over
food in the area back in the 1960s and continue to count many
70 years, as an ingredient supplier with access to more than
of these groups as our top clients," said Dennis Funk, vice
800 ingredients available for the blending and milling services
president of Wenger's companion animal division. "The close
the company also provides out of its three locations.
location of Wenger to these groups allowed for a tremendous
"There are many benefits of being located in northeast
amount of cooperation and co-development of products and
Kansas," said Lisa Kidd, sales manager for Lortscher. "Logistiprocesses, much of which occurred in the Wenger Technical
cally, we have an advantage of being centrally located as freight
Center in Sabetha." Wenger was founded in 1935 in Sabetha,
has shown to be a bit more challenging
these past few years. Due to the Corridor
THE TOP FIVE STATES IN ALL REPORTED ECONOMIC
we have several customers within a
MEASURES FOR PET FOOD IN 2016:
90-mile radius, and these close proximiTaxes contributed
ties only assist with production/planning.
Jobs contributed
Total sales (US$M)
(US$M)
Lastly, we benefit from the hard-working
Missouri
53,528
$17,158
$1,374
people who live in these communities who
Pennsylvania
33,533
$10,624
$826
take pride in what they do."
Kansas
33,381
$10,642
$676
Logistics - both in terms of supplying
customers and in proximity to business
Iowa
22,995
$7,825
$503
partners - was a common answer when
California
21,799
$6,756
$618
discussing the benefits of being located
Source: "The US animal feed and pet food manufacturing industry economic contribution study," Decision Innovation Solutions, October 2017
within the Corridor.
"Being located in Sabetha puts us in
FIGURE 1: Missouri and Kansas, the most significant contributors to the Animal
close proximity to other pet food industry
Health Corridor, are also consistently in the top five states
suppliers and business partners such as
contributing to the pet food market in the U.S.
Wenger and Extru-Tech, and additionally
it keeps us logistically

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Contents
How pet food can reduce waste, use more ingredients
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Shameless Pets upcycles for eco-friendly dog treats
Transparency a complex issue for the pet food industry
The animal health corridor’s importance to pet food
Pet food companies give back in 2019
AAFCO holds annual meeting, Part 2: pet food activities
Whole soybeans: Why hasn’t pet food found this ingredient?
Current top trends in pet treats and chews
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - How pet food can reduce waste, use more ingredients
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