Pet Nutrition

Give your customers—and their pets—the best in taste and nutrition with our natural flavours and ingredients.

Leading to better pet nutrition

Kerry taste and nutrition expertise helps create pet food that looks good and tastes great, with appealing texture and excellent nutritional content. As partners, we can develop pet food that's tailor-made according to a pet’s age, weight or health concern.

Leverage our technologies to meet challenges such as clean labelling, processing and palatability. With several key regional locations, our teams can deliver innovative pet food solutions at a time and place that suits you.

Keeping pet food real, naturally

Creating marketable pet food is increasingly challenging as pet owners humanise their pets and ramp up demands.

Traditional pet food manufacturing evolved through sterilisation and the use of preservatives. But natural alternatives are in demand, coupled with a desire for pet food that’s authentically prepared with good quality ingredients.

As pet owners become more discerning, pet food manufacturers have the challenge of making a product that looks and tastes good, is naturally labelled and properly packaged and has a long shelf life.

Kerry has a global reputation for helping pet food manufacturers meet consumer demands such as these while maximising profitability.

Work with us to see how using natural ingredients and flavour solutions can help you achieve optimum quality in an efficient, cost-effective way. With input from our food scientists, you may find that natural dairy flavours such as cheese and yogurt powders can improve pet food taste and texture. Or that unique yeast extracts can add a savoury note to the flavour profile of dry and wet food products.

Pets will be wowed by the taste, and pet owners will be thrilled to feed their pets the same natural flavours and ingredients they seek out in their foods.

Pet food that performs

Pets have changing nutritional needs at every stage of life. It is important to produce balanced, healthy food for pets that’s tailored to their age and individual requirements, and that help address emerging health issues.

Kerry can provide pet food solutions to help overweight pets and minimise allergens.

Our unique range of functional fats for pet food is designed to promote nutritional balance and maintain good health as these are known to play a vital role in fat metabolism.

High fibre pet food formulations have been designed to promote satiety, and may control the intake of calories in overweight pets. The soluble fibres in Kerry’s acacia gum-based product, Emulgold©, can be used to increase the sensation of fullness, without negatively influencing palatability, as well as faecal output and consistency.

Protastar© has significant levels of protein, a complementary amino acid profile and low levels of ash, starch and glycol-alkaloids – to minimise allergens. The use of hypoallergenic specialty proteins from vegetable sources is less environmentally damaging and appeals to pet owners who seek natural, responsibly-produced pet food. With its excellent biological value, digestibility and palatability, Protastar is the ideal vegetable protein addition for pet food.

Improving pet food taste and texture

Pets are more sensitive to the taste, smell and texture of their food than humans.

So called “pet parents” want their much-loved animal companions to fully enjoy their pet food.

Kerry makes it possible for manufacturers to deliver on flavour, texture and sensorial experience in a wide range of pet foods with clean label descriptors. Our technology and expertise in the global food market allows us to offer a full range of dairy, smoked and meat flavours which increase the palatability of pet foods. We also provide vegetable and fruit flavours to meet the demand for more humanised foods.

We also have a wealth of knowledge about food feel and texture. Our range of emulsifier-based processing technologies in the Myvatex© and Myverol© lines can improve the hardness and crispiness of your dry kibble products . We also have custom-made meat functional systems to deliver firmness and emulsification in pate or mousse form.

Getting the balance right

Pet food processing can be harsh, due to the use of high temperatures, sheer and moisture to render, blend and stabilize ingredients.

In these extreme conditions, stripping the food of essential nutrients is a real risk. Gentler processing methods may preserve the nutritional value of food, but some processes lead to inefficiencies and raise costs.

Kerry has developed a suite of processing methods that strike a balance between the quality of the product and the efficiency at which it is made. Extrusion processes can be customised to ensure good quality kibbles, even with raw materials of varying components.