Clear trend in the efficient packaging of premium pet food
Production and packaging are two separate processes at Jonker Petfood. The ‘reform’, Martin’s name for optimisation and automation of both the production and packaging processes within the company, has really paid off, he tells us. “We know exactly where everything is at any time during the day, what the ‘Best Before’ date is and when we need to produce a new batch in order to have stock constantly available for our customers. Each product is given a unique code after the production process so that we can apply the ‘first in, first out’ principle.”
The pellets are packaged when the customer places an order. The big bags of end product are filled directly from the finished product silo or removed from the warehouse and transported to the packaging line for portioning and packaging in stand-up pouches. In the Netherlands, Jonker Petfood was one of the first companies to process fresh meat on 2 extruder lines to produce premium pet food. Salmon, lamb, chicken and beef are now processed into chunks 3 days a week.
“We see a clear market trend towards premium quality and more luxurious ingredients in the chunks”, Martin continues. “This has also resulted in increased demand for the smaller packaging sizes and an increased number of smaller batches. As a result, we have had to structure the entire organisation much more flexibly in comparison to the set-up for producing large packaging sizes. Four years ago, we only produced 10 to 25 kilogram bags on automated machinery”.