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Research and development of a complete and balanced natural food for dogs with plant based protein substitutes using thermal preservation process to obtain a shelf stable product

Grant number: 20/13773-1
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: July 01, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal researcher:Marcello José Rodrigues Cavalcanti
Grantee:Marcello José Rodrigues Cavalcanti
Company:Pet Salut Comércio e Indústria de Alimentos para Animais Ltda
CNAE: Fabricação de alimentos e pratos prontos
City: Barueri
Assoc. researchers:Ana Lúcia da Silva Corrêa Lemos ; Elizabeth Harumi Nabeshima ; Marcia Mayumi Harada Haguiwara ; Maria Isabel Berto

Abstract

As human and pet populations grow, so does the demand for protein. To meet this demand, plant proteins can become increasingly important sources of sustainable protein for pets. At the same time, there is a growing search for a healthy and practical diet, without preservatives and artificial flavorings, for both humans and animals. Studies show a high trend of natural feeding for animals, helping their well-being and avoiding diseases. The main motivations for this R&D project are: being in full alignment with the company's line of natural and healthy products (http://www.petsalut.com.br/) and the opportunity to launch a product whose world market has a estimated annual growth of 30% (Euromonitor) and which is not sold in Brazil for the pet market, specifically for dogs. The formulation steps and the process that optimizes the production of this food from the base ingredients will be carried out in Pet Salut's research and development (R&D) laboratory and later composition analyzes will be carried out to ensure product balance, these analyzes will be carried out in a laboratory in partnership with ITAL - Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos. Once the nutritional quality of the product has been reached, the conservation process will be adjusted: heat treatment in an autoclave also in partnership with ITAL. The parameters of each treatment will be defined with specific tests and through a study to determine shelf life and proximate composition, in order to define the best treatment for obtaining the soup stable at room temperature. At the end of this research project, with the confirmation of the expected results, the technical viability of the production of natural dog food with vegetable-based protein substitutes stable at room temperature is confirmed, thus allowing the company to proceed with product development on an industrial scale. (AU)

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