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Autoclave delicately handles pet foods

13 May 2017

Processing high-meat content (85%) and mixed vegetable wet foods for convenient pet feeding presented several challenges to an independent retailer. Having decided to prioritise the quality of its ingredients, sourcing locally, and with growing interest in its ‘grain free’ lines, Forthglade chose a processing system that would handle particulates delicately for a final product that stands apart from others in the market. 

Having chosen to invest in its manufacturing site, Forthglade now operates 4 x 6 basket 1400mm Lagarde retorts (autoclaves) as its processing technology of choice. 

The company believes that Lagarde’s retorts process delicate products and flavours to a high degree of accuracy. Its patented PC interface is able to deliver an identical process for batches to between +/-0.2°C and 15mBar. Lagarde’s range of steam/air retorts, including rotating and agitating options, can ensure that a wide range of containers for products and packaging remains bright and free of any deformation. Secondly, the control system offers the ability to control the machines remotely via a tablet or smartphone, and to designate different permission levels for users. The results of each process are automatically encrypted into FDA friendly formats and stored for up to ten years, for long-term accountability. 

Commenting on the processing solution, Chris Brooking, joint managing director had this to say about the contribution that investing in Lagarde retorts has made to the business: “The Lagarde retorts provide reliable, energy efficient and accurate processing of our products. We have continued to invest with Lagarde partly because of this, but also because of the backup and support given to us by Holmach, comprehensive servicing and training that has meant we can keep up with ever increasing demand”.


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