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Minimal Impact Protein Solutions for Pet Food Product Development

by Ellie Grubb on 21.2.2024

Minimal impact ingredient sourcing and use of alternative proteins is becoming a key focus of sustainability initiatives within pet food production. The carbon emissions from raw materials used in pet food manufacturing are the largest contributor, overtaking the footprint of production, distribution and packaging. With Flexitarianism on the rise, consumers are choosing to integrate more sustainable meal choices into their diets and those of their pets, in a mission to improve consumption of products which are not only better for their health but also for the wellbeing of the Planet.

With the growing popularity of Pea Protein in human diets, it's time to explore its benefits for our canine friends as well. Here's why Pea Protein is a game-changer when it comes to enhancing the nutritional profile and sustainability credentials of dog food:

Healthy Diet for Dogs

Just like humans, research has been undertaken to prove that dogs can benefit from a balanced and nutritious plant-based diet. Dogs are Omnivores - animals that can survive on either a plant-based or meat diet. And just like humans, being on a plant-based diet with clean-label ingredients, such as Pea Protein, will help control weight and mean they live longer, happier, healthier lives. Along with other vegetables and legumes, Pea Protein provides a healthy alternative to traditional animal-based proteins, allowing Dog Owners to offer their furry friends a diet that mirrors the nutritional principles of healthy human meals. 

Taking the lead for Sustainability

Pea Protein is derived from Yellow Peas, it is a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop. Compared to animal-based proteins, Pea Protein production requires fewer natural resources and generates lower greenhouse gas emissions, making it a more sustainable choice for eco-conscious pet owners. Plus the farming of Yellow Peas is great for the soil, encouraging crop rotation and Biodiversity. 

Top Barks for Palatability

One of the standout features of Pea Protein in dog food is its excellent texture and palatability, as we have discovered with some of our existing pet food manufacturing customers. Dogs are sometimes known to be fussy eaters and not generally cooperative when it comes to changing what's in their bowls - but the inclusion of Pea Protein adds to the nutritional benefits of the meal but isn't detectable by our furry critics, making it easy to incorporate into their diet without any fuss or resistance. Our range of Texturised Pea Protein Products provide solutions for Dog Food Manufacturers looking to increase alternative protein and reduce meat content in existing or new product developments. 

Power up with Pea Protein

Protein is essential for supporting your dog's overall health and well-being, from muscle development to immune function. Pea Protein is a high-quality source of plant-based protein, offering a complete amino acid profile to help meet your dog's nutritional needs and promote optimal health. It's ideal for increasing protein in plant-based Dog Food options, or improving the carbon footprint of meat-based meals.

Clean-Labelled Ingredients

Pet owners are increasingly seeking clean-labelled ingredients for their furry companions. We all want to know where the ingredients in our meals are coming from and what they are made from. Pea Protein offers a clean and natural solution, free from artificial additives, fillers, and preservatives. With Pea Protein, you can feel confident knowing that you're feeding your dog wholesome and nutritious ingredients. Plus our British made Textured Pea Protein provides full transparency and traceability, an important factor for pet food manufacturers in assessing their sustainability goals.

Minimally Processed Meal Solutions

Incorporating Pea Protein into dog food can provide a natural and minimally processed alternative to traditional animal-based proteins. Pea Protein is gentle on the digestive system and well-tolerated by dogs with food sensitivities or allergies, making it a versatile ingredient for dogs with special dietary needs. 

In conclusion, Pea Protein offers a myriad of benefits for enhancing the nutritional profile of dog food. From its sustainability credentials to its minimally-processed meal solutions, it is a wholesome and nutritious ingredient that can support a dog's health and well-being.