Perfection in every bag with pet food testing

Profit from process improvements while meeting quality standards for diverse products such as dry pet food, wet pet food and treats.


From premium ingredients to sustainable manufacturing practices, pet food is increasingly under the eye of pet owners and regulatory bodies alike.


Just as consumers demand transparency when it comes to the food they consume, the same holds true for what they feed their pets. Among the concerns are protein sources, nutritional value and the sustainability credentials of the manufacturer. At the same time, an agile approach to product development is required to meet the demands of a dynamic market.


Pet food testing of raw material and material in process is essential to meet expectations while keeping costs under control. Rapid and convenient tests for parameters such as protein, fat, moisture and many more lead to profitable gains in production efficiency while protecting brand and avoiding customer claims. In particular, the innovative digitalization advantages of today’s analytical solutions ensure the all-important consistency of quality while helping to answer growing demands for transparency and traceability in the production process.

Insights add value



Pet food process

Check incoming raw materials

Ensure correct payment, reject out-of-spec materials, segregate raw materials and update feed formulation for optimal least cost production

Control the mixing process

Measure key parameters to ensure efficient mixing time, spot dosing problems for timely rework decisions and ensure that production meets requirements

Optimise drying and coating after the cooler

Adjust moisture levels to avoid excessive energy consumption and control fats and oils against target values

Secure final product quality

Ensure that composition meets final product specs for correct labelling and product specifications while protecting brand and avoiding customer claims


Profit from effective control of raw material


Just one simple test in less than one minute allows you to check all deliveries for key quality parameters. With those immediate pet food testing results you can stop poor raw-materials at the gate and make the very best of the material with less risk of re-work downstream in the process.


Analytical technology such as near infrared (NIR) is ideal for tight control of valuable protein and fat while simultaneously monitoring moisture, fibre and other parameters.


Manage contamination risk with automated tests of up to six mycotoxins

Make fast decisions about raw material intake, segregation and process adjustments such as the use of additive binders and ensure compliance with legal requirements.


The MycoFoss™ avoids human error with a fully automated process that requires no special skills. Just place the ground sample and push start.


Control quality and cost with easy access to data:


FossManager™ networking software allows you to connect your MycoFoss™ solution in a network of grain and feed analysis instruments

Access analysis data from all instruments and sites to ensure consistent quality throughout your organisation

Better monitoring ensures adherence to food safety regulations and standard operational procedures

Store your data safely with back up and long-term data storage





Rapid tests for agile product development




With product innovation increasingly essential for today’s pet food business, there are plenty of considerations for quality control. These might include a wide range of ingredients, nutrition, texture and flavour, regulatory requirements and sustainability aspects.


NIR boosts value of pet food testing

Near infrared (NIR) analysis and the availability of comprehensive calibrations covering a wide variety of sample types and parameters is particularly useful in helping producers to handle the wide variety of ingredients typically used in pet food production. Formulations can be quite complex with many variables. Having the ability to understand the composition of incoming raw materials allows optimal formulation to meet our nutritional requirements.


NIR analysis and the availability of comprehensive calibrations covering a wide variety of sample types and parameters is particularly useful in helping producers to handle the wide variety of ingredients typically used in pet food production. Formulations can be quite complex with many variables. Having the ability to understand the composition of incoming raw materials allows optimal formulation to meet our nutritional requirements.


Networked NIR for calibration management

The connectivity features of FOSS NIR solutions and supporting networking software make it simple and cost effective to manage analytical operations. For instance, an update to a calibration can be installed on a master instrument and then shared across all instruments in different locations at the click of a mouse button. Such an approach also allows a specialist to monitor and manage remote instruments while operators do not need any specific knowledge and training and can simply run their samples.

Gain through in-line control of moisture and protein

Pet food testing for parameters such as moisture, fat and protein throughout the process leads to immediate and lasting payback. The closer you can follow product composition during the production, the faster you can make corrective actions on subsequent batches. Even more important at the end of production to ensure production on spec.


You may already be familiar with benchtop analytical solutions such as the NIRS™ DS3 analyser which has become widely established and relied upon for accurate and rapid measurements of key process control parameters. Nonetheless, the amount of process data available is limited by the need to manually take a sample and present it to the instrument. The introduction of so-called inline solutions such as the FOSS ProFoss™ 2 changes the game by providing direct and continuous measurements directly in the process. Key control parameters can be more closely monitored allowing tighter production control against targets. At the same time, the reliability of the results could also be easily checked against the highly stable benchtop analyser.


Streamline your pet food production with in-line analysis


Installing ProFoss™ 2 in or right after the mixer enables you to measure critical key parameters such as protein, fat and moisture and make timely adjustments to meet specified final product quality.


Real time results can be obtained from raw material intake, in the mixer or right after the mixer, after the dryer and at the final product loading. The results lead to improved product consistency, reduced rework and energy savings.


ProFoss 2 feed




Meet regulatory and customer expectations for traceability


Pet food testing at the critical final stage of production helps you to limit liabilities and potentially damaging product recalls. Instead you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your products meet specifications.


Among the myriad uses for near infrared (NIR) analysis in the pet food plant, just one example is the control of the fat and moisture to obtain the right bulk density and physical stability of final products. This is important to ensure that products remain intact when the bag is opened, but still have the right texture and palatability. Moisture levels are also critical for storage considerations.


While the majority of pet food testing can be performed using rapid routine analysis with NIR, certified chemical analysis methods are also required for validation of compliance with certain end-product criteria. For chemical analysis we can provide a complete range of solutions aimed at automating steps for speed and safety while minimising use of chemicals.

Performance, uptime and transparency of data


FOSS solutions draw on multiple technology disciplines including instrumentation, software and connectivity. Among the benefits of this complete solution approach is rock-solid and consistent high analytical performance of instruments, no matter where they are located and who is using them. Other advantages include transparency and traceability of results and unique levels of service and support.

Network DS3 

With you in your daily work


Our integrated and remotely controlled support and optimization services ensure maximum value from all your FOSS solution wherever you are in the world. Beyond on-site maintenance, our service engineers and application specialists are always with you online. The team monitors performance status and secures that your connected analytical operations run smoothly. Our preventive maintenance warrants up-time and quality of data - day after day. Read more.

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