Corn Gluten Meal is an excellent source of protein and amino acids. Compared to chicken, which has an average of less than 20% protein per gram, corn gluten meal contains an average of 60 to 70% protein per gram, making it a great ingredient for kibbles. Corn gluten meal also helps give structure to the kibbles. The consistency of gluten helps to hold the ingredients together in the kibble, making sure that the pet food gives the pet the nutrition it needs.
Regularly used in many plant-based food products, pea protein is a versatile ingredient that provides a high protein solution to many different applications. From plant-based meats to plant-based dairy, sports nutrition and pet food, pea protein is your ideal protein solution.
Potato starch is one of the most used plant-based ingredients for pet food. It is an important source of energy for pets and is used in many formulas as it ensures that pet food has the right texture and structure due to its binding qualities. Alternative grains exist, however, these ingredients contain gluten. Therefore, potato starch is an excellent grain-free and gluten-free option for pet food. Potato starch is a co-product released during the slicing process of food-grade potatoes with a low carbon footprint. Plant-based pet food with a low carbon footprint perfectly meets the pet owner’s evolving requirements. Native- and extruded potato starch is available.
Tapioca starch is extracted from the storage roots of the cassava plant. An excellent grain-free option for pet food as it is a highly digestible carbohydrate and an excellent source of energy. Tapioca Starch contains no added sugars or protein. The shape, texture and density of the kibble depend on the starch content. In wet pet food it is often used to provide a specific texture, as mouthfeel and structure help the palatability. Tapioca contains a small amount of resistant starch, which has benefits that can be compared to fiber when supporting digestive health. Finally, tapioca in pet food can be beneficial for pets experiencing allergies and sensitivities. Both native- and extruded tapioca starch are available.
Vital wheat gluten is derived from wheat grain and offers a high protein, strong binding ingredient to many applications. Vital wheat gluten offers a concentrated, high protein solution that aids in the texture and nutritional content. Wheat protein (75% protein) is used in pet food, where it improves water absorption and fat-binding properties. In kibbles, it improves resistance to breaking after extrusion and during packaging. It is an excellent source of protein and contributes to nutritional labeling claims.