Freeze-dried pet food – the new trend

If you haven’t heard of freeze-dried pet food, you’re in for a treat. Freeze-dried pet food is gaining popularity as a convenient and nutritious option for pet owners who want to provide their furry companions with the best possible diet.

According to explodingtopics.com, freeze-dried pet food has grown by 268% in popularity from 2019 to 2023, and it’s not hard to see why. At the Global Pet Expo held in March 2023 in Orlando, Florida, USA, freeze-dried or air-dried raw pet foods, treats and toppers were among the top new products showcased, according to petfoodindustry.com

What is freeze-dried pet food?

Freeze-dried pet food is a type of pet food that has been preserved by removing all moisture from it. This is achieved by freezing the food and then placing it in a vacuum chamber where the pressure is lowered to cause the ice to sublimate, turning it from a solid to a gas, and removing the gas. This results in a dry, lightweight and shelf-stable product that can be stored for a long time without spoiling. This process retains the nutritional value of the food while eliminating the need for preservatives, making it a healthier option for pets.

The technique of freeze-drying was originally developed for the military to preserve food for soldiers in the field. Later, it was adapted for use in the food industry, including the pet food sector.

Freeze-drying is also used in a variety of other applications, such as the preservation of pharmaceuticals, restoration of historical artifacts and production of instant coffee.

Main reasons for popularity

One of the main reasons freeze-dried pet food is becoming so popular is because of its convenience. It’s easy to store, easy to transport, more cost effective to ship and easy to prepare.

All you need to do is add some water, wait a few minutes for it to rehydrate and then serve it to your pet. This makes it a great option for people who are always on the go or who don’t have a lot of time to spend preparing their pets’ food.

But convenience isn’t the only reason freeze-dried pet food is so popular. It’s also a very nutritious option for your pet. Because the food is preserved without any heat, the nutrients are preserved as well. This means that freeze-dried pet food often contains more nutrients than traditional dry or canned food. Additionally, the dry texture of the food helps to clean your pet’s teeth as they chew, leading to better dental health.

According to petfoodindustry.com, many manufacturers are adding probiotics to freeze-dried pet food to provide digestive benefits for pets.

Would you like to read the rest of this interesting article? Get the July/August 2023 edition of Animaltalk magazine from retailers now, or order a printed or digital copy from www.coolmags.co.za.

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