Located in Burlington Vermont, we specialize in producing & packaging premium quality extruded products for dogs and cats. Our Product Development team is available to help you bring your new product ideas to market with an emphasis on safety & quality. We are pleased to offer low minimum order size requirements to facilitate the launch of new products for our customers.
Green Mountain Animal, LLC is a complete one-stop shop for all your custom formulation needs for companion animal health products and treats. We are experts in innovative formulation and product quality with the ability to manufacture and source a wide variety of delivery options—including extruded chews, extruded sticks, tablets, capsules, powders, gels and liquids—for your unique product.
As a contract manufacturer of animal health products and treats, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and safety throughout the manufacturing process. Contact us today to learn how we can help you create your custom animal health product or treat.
Our experienced product development team can assist you with formulating your custom products to make a product that dogs and cats will crave while working within your budget.
To ensure that your products meet your standards for flavor and texture, we will make small sample batches for you to review. We know your time is valuable so we pride ourselves on our ability to make samples quickly using our small laboratory equipment and our full size extruders.
Dale Metz, CEO of Green Mountain Animal, is the Vice President and a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council. With his 14 years of experience working with the FDA and Center for Veterinary Medicine, we can help you navigate the confusing world of regulatory compliance.
Green Mountain Animal has relationships with many of the animal rescue groups in our area so we have an ample supply of taste-testers to give us feed back on our flavors. The best formula in the world will not do any good if the animals will not eat it!
We know that you have great ideas for your new products so our facilities allow for a variety of packaging options to suit your needs. Our equipment can handle small or large batch sizes so you do not have to make a major volume commitment when launching a new product.
From formulation and ingredient sourcing to packaging and shipping, Green Mountain Animal does it all to provide you with a finished product that is ready to put on the store shelf.
Extruded product manufacturing for cats and dogs have been a very important part of the food industry for over a century. It’s the food extrusion process that makes your pasta, snack items, and pet food into cute little shapes. Had it not been for pet food extrusion, you would not have many options for dry pet food you have today. You can find dry pet foods rolled into balls, formed into squares or cut into fish, chicken, or any other shapes.
Ingredients in the manufacturing of pet food mostly include animal derivatives and other by-products. Animal derivatives can be a chicken meal, poultry meal, or fish derivative. The animal derivative then has its fats removed out and dried out for the next step.
The by-products are either fresh or frozen. The sources of by-product materials are cereals, grains, and vegetables. Other ingredients include fats, minerals, vitamins, and preservatives.
Every pet food brands have their own recipe. But the basic recipe and processing methods are more or less the same. Pet food extrusion process began with mixing wet and dry ingredients to form dough. The dry ingredients typically consist of flour or starch, meat carcass, protein, wheat or cereals. Wet ingredients include sugar, water fat, or oils. The preservative can be either a wet or dry ingredient depending upon the formulation.
Before extrusion, the dough goes into a preconditioner for heating. After that, it goes under immense pressure inside an extruder machine, where it puffs up and gets a chewable texture. The dough then passes through a shaping die which forms the dough into a specific shape. The knife then cuts the dough out into kibbles.
The kibbles dry in the oven for the removal moisture. Moisture removal increases the shelf life, preventing quick spoilage of the kibbles.
The kibbles are then pass onto a revolving platform where the coating of flavor or enhancers takes place. Some makers can add preservatives at this stage too.
After the pet food manufacturing process, the final product undergoes packaging according to the declared weight. Proper packaging is necessary to avoid spoilage and increase the product’s shelf life.
It is an obvious fact that all pet foods are not the same. The formulation differs according to your pet’s requirement. Dogs are omnivores. Food products for dogs contain a combo of meat, vegetables, and grains.
On the other hand, cats are carnivorous; they mainly thrive on meat sources. They do not need food products with high amounts of vegetables of grains. Some brands use a little number of grains to bind and hold the kibble. But it’s better that your cat eats rich protein food that is grain free.
Whether you’re a dedicated pet owner or want to sell top quality pet foods, you have come to the right place. Get in contact with the best pet food contract manufacture the USA. We cater to all of your animal products need. Green Mountain Animal is your stop for all your custom formulations of premium pet food.
We are experts in innovative food formulations. We are capable to source and manufacture a wide variety of pet food products. We promise quality and safety in our manufactured pet food products.