Penford partners with Lonza on functional dog treats
Penford Food Ingredients Co in the US has teamed up with Lonza Group Ltd. to expand its line of functional dog treats. Penford unveiled the dog treats, which contain Lonza's L-carnitine product, Carniking, on April 20 at the 2009 Petfood Forum in Chicago.
Carniking plays a fundamental role in energy metabolism, according to Penford. The product also reportedly provides other benefits, such as managing weight and supporting healthy heart and liver function.
Penford plans to formulate and manufacture injection-molded dog treats containing Carniking for clients, who would take the dog treats to market. Penford's production process ensures that the heat-sensitive L-carnitine is retained in the finished product.
Basel, Switzerland-based Lonza will help Penford test the completed dog treat to make sure it retains a particular Carniking dosage level, which will depend on the use for which the product was formulated, Smith said.
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