Pet Wellness and Nutrition

We supply pet food manufacturers with human-grade pet nutrition ingredients for dry, semi-moist, moist and liquid pet food and treats.

Products that bridge the pet nutrition gap

Turn insights into action

Pet food trends follow human food trends. As a leader in taste and nutrition, our deep understanding of consumer preferences help pet food manufacturers develop products that are on-trend and rooted in consumer insights and demands.

Simplify commercialization

Whether we’re collaborating on a single quality ingredient or a full product, our team’s knowledge of food and beverage technologies, production processes and regional regulations help pet nutrition manufacturers seamlessly introduce pet food innovations to the marketplace.

Find local solutions and a global network

Our partnerships span conception to commercialization and beyond. With teams in 30 countries, on six continents and at more than 130 local manufacturing locations, we understand your business, your market and your consumers and can support your needs at a local level.

Explore our pet nutrition solutions:

Clean Label Food Protection

Clean label pet food products are highly valued by consumers, especially goods that are fresh and natural and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives. We offer a deep portfolio of solutions to help pet food manufacturers preserve palatability, color and freshness naturally, whether the final product is a dry or moist food or a chewy treat.

Our clean label food protection solutions include products that can be applied at different processing stages and for use with all types of equipment. Some are certified organic, kosher, GMO-free and FDA/Self-Affirmed GRAS status as an antimicrobial.

Our clean label food protection pet food and treat ingredients includes:

  • DuraFresh™, a portfolio of clean label ingredients that provides metabolites naturally-derived from fermentation to improve the freshness and quality of pet food and treats

Functional Ingredients

Functional nutrition is one of the strongest trends in pet food. It is largely driven by pet consumers’ growing interest in providing nutrition for their animals that goes beyond satiety to include products that support digestive health and immune strength.

Surveys show that some consumers would be willing to pay more for pet products fortified with probiotics, and ingredient claims for digestive health have increased significantly in pet foods and treats. Our probiotic solution helps pet food and treat manufacturers ensure beneficial microorganisms survive the journey from processing to a pet’s gut.

Immune health support claims are also on the rise for both dog and cat foods and treats. Our proprietary immune health technology has a strong baseline of human clinical research to help support general immune health and overall physical health, protect against the harmful effects of stress and maintain healthy energy levels and mental clarity.

Our functional pet food and treat ingredients include:

  • GanedenBC30®, a spore-forming probiotic that can help beneficial microorganisms thrive in the gut
  • Wellmune®, a proprietary yeast beta glucan ingredient clinically supported in human studies to support immunity

Palatability

Pet food taste is the leading purchase influencer for people shopping for dog and cat food across all retail channels, from pet specialty stores to mass merchants and supermarkets. In today’s crowded pet food industry, it’s not enough for pets to enjoy a product—they must love it enough to grab their pet parent’s attention and inspire repeat purchases.

Our pet food and treat ingredients for palatability include:

Sustainable Processing

Pet food processing can be harsh, and stripping food of essential nutrients is a real risk. Gentle pet processing methods can preserve the nutritional value of food, but some processes lead to inefficiencies and raise costs.

To balance the need for optimised products made with sustainable processes, we offer pet nutrition manufacturers a solution that maintains the quality of the product during efficient processing. This can lead to improved throughput, reduced power consumption, increased inclusion of water and low-cost ingredients plus extended shelf life and increased PDI.

Our sustainable processing pet food and treat ingredients include:

  • Myvatex™, a range that blends salts of fatty acids, distilled succinylated monoglycerides and mono- and di-glycerides to optimise the physico-chemical interactions during conditioning

Plant Protein

Plant-based diets are a growing trend for people and their pets. In this category there’s often an expectation that meatless pet products replicate the taste and richness of meat. To seamlessly bring vegan or mixed protein products to market, pet food manufacturers must address common issues faced with plant-based ingredients such as delivering optimal palatability performance, creating finished products with appealing appearance and texture and formulating for nutritional completeness.

Whether seeking a single plant ingredient or a complete plant-based solution, our solutions can meet your needs. Our portfolio delivers unrivalled taste, nutrition and functional solutions and can be integrated into dry, wet and semi-moist dog and cat foods and treats.

Our plant protein pet food and treat ingredients include:

  • Radicle™ by Kerry, a holistic approach to tackling multiple challenges with plant-based meat alternatives. The Radicle portfolio brings together our leading taste technologies, functional solutions, sustainability and nutrition into one complete solution.
  • ProDiem, a nutritional plant protein solution made with pea, rice or sunflower proteins.
  • Potato Protein, our premium potato protein is derived from potatoes specifically developed to produce high quality starch for humans and animals, has an optimal amino acid profile for pets, is rich in protein content and highly digestible.

Learn more about the future of plant-based pet food

Aromatics

Research shows a majority of pet consumers want their animals to experiences new things, including tastes and smells. With thousands of new products entering the global pet food market each year, pet nutrition manufacturers must offer unique, attention-capturing flavour profiles.

Our team of certified flavourists can help you introduce customized aromas to the marketplace, inspired by regional taste trends that can make a lasting impression on pet consumers. Our aromatic products work in dry and wet dog and cat food, dog and cat treats and plant-based pet products.

Our pet food and treat aroma ingredients include products from the following lines:

  • Authentic Savoury™, a collection of tastes including beef, chicken, pork and dairy flavours
  • Simply Nature™, a collection of tastes including fruit and vegetable ingredients, a collection of tastes including fruit and vegetable ingredients
  • Taste Sense™, a collection of taste modulators that optimise taste while reducing fat, sugar or salt

Treat Coatings

Rewarding dogs and cats with treats and snacks can increase the bond between pet and pet consumer and add variety to a pet’s diet. However, pet treats often add surplus empty calories and contribute to obesity in dogs and cats.

Our coating solutions can help transform pet food suppliers’ tasty treats into snacks with functional benefits. Made for frozen and shelf-stable products, our sweet and savoury treat coatings provide a delicious and nutritious pathway to improved digestive health and immune system support or increase fibre for satiation.

Examples of our pet treat coating products include:

  • Coatings such as yoghurt and nut butters
  • Centers made from fruits, nuts, cereal or cookies
  • Jumbles that use a combination of coating and center options
  • Options that are gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, nut-based or plant-based

Human-grade Animal Protein

Pet consumers increasingly want pet food and treats that list real meat as a top ingredient, and they want more sustainably sourced pet food with transparent origins and ingredients. There’s also a growing interest in human-grade pet foods, which new research shows may help improve digestibility.

Kerry's line of locally-sourced chicken products are gently cooked in a state-of-the-art USDA Organic-, APHIS- and FSSC22000-certified facility dedicated to poultry. Our human-grade animal protein products are appropriate for use in dry and wet dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, blended plant and animal products and broth toppers.

Our human-grade animal protein ingredients include:

  • Cooked chicken
  • Chicken powder
  • Chicken fat
  • Broth, available in liquid and powder across protein types including chicken (organic and conventional), beef (organic grass-fed and conventional), turkey and pork

Clean Label Food Protection

Clean Label Food Protection

Clean label pet food products are highly valued by consumers, especially goods that are fresh and natural and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives. We offer a deep portfolio of solutions to help pet food manufacturers preserve palatability, color and freshness naturally, whether the final product is a dry or moist food or a chewy treat.

Our clean label food protection solutions include products that can be applied at different processing stages and for use with all types of equipment. Some are certified organic, kosher, GMO-free and FDA/Self-Affirmed GRAS status as an antimicrobial.

Our clean label food protection pet food and treat ingredients includes:

  • DuraFresh™, a portfolio of clean label ingredients that provides metabolites naturally-derived from fermentation to improve the freshness and quality of pet food and treats

Functional Ingredients

Functional Ingredients

Functional nutrition is one of the strongest trends in pet food. It is largely driven by pet consumers’ growing interest in providing nutrition for their animals that goes beyond satiety to include products that support digestive health and immune strength.

Surveys show that some consumers would be willing to pay more for pet products fortified with probiotics, and ingredient claims for digestive health have increased significantly in pet foods and treats. Our probiotic solution helps pet food and treat manufacturers ensure beneficial microorganisms survive the journey from processing to a pet’s gut.

Immune health support claims are also on the rise for both dog and cat foods and treats. Our proprietary immune health technology has a strong baseline of human clinical research to help support general immune health and overall physical health, protect against the harmful effects of stress and maintain healthy energy levels and mental clarity.

Our functional pet food and treat ingredients include:

  • GanedenBC30®, a spore-forming probiotic that can help beneficial microorganisms thrive in the gut
  • Wellmune®, a proprietary yeast beta glucan ingredient clinically supported in human studies to support immunity

Palatability

Palatability

Pet food taste is the leading purchase influencer for people shopping for dog and cat food across all retail channels, from pet specialty stores to mass merchants and supermarkets. In today’s crowded pet food industry, it’s not enough for pets to enjoy a product—they must love it enough to grab their pet parent’s attention and inspire repeat purchases.

Our pet food and treat ingredients for palatability include:

Sustainable Processing

Sustainable Processing

Pet food processing can be harsh, and stripping food of essential nutrients is a real risk. Gentle pet processing methods can preserve the nutritional value of food, but some processes lead to inefficiencies and raise costs.

To balance the need for optimised products made with sustainable processes, we offer pet nutrition manufacturers a solution that maintains the quality of the product during efficient processing. This can lead to improved throughput, reduced power consumption, increased inclusion of water and low-cost ingredients plus extended shelf life and increased PDI.

Our sustainable processing pet food and treat ingredients include:

  • Myvatex™, a range that blends salts of fatty acids, distilled succinylated monoglycerides and mono- and di-glycerides to optimise the physico-chemical interactions during conditioning

Plant Protein

Plant Protein

Plant-based diets are a growing trend for people and their pets. In this category there’s often an expectation that meatless pet products replicate the taste and richness of meat. To seamlessly bring vegan or mixed protein products to market, pet food manufacturers must address common issues faced with plant-based ingredients such as delivering optimal palatability performance, creating finished products with appealing appearance and texture and formulating for nutritional completeness.

Whether seeking a single plant ingredient or a complete plant-based solution, our solutions can meet your needs. Our portfolio delivers unrivalled taste, nutrition and functional solutions and can be integrated into dry, wet and semi-moist dog and cat foods and treats.

Our plant protein pet food and treat ingredients include:

  • Radicle™ by Kerry, a holistic approach to tackling multiple challenges with plant-based meat alternatives. The Radicle portfolio brings together our leading taste technologies, functional solutions, sustainability and nutrition into one complete solution.
  • ProDiem, a nutritional plant protein solution made with pea, rice or sunflower proteins.
  • Potato Protein, our premium potato protein is derived from potatoes specifically developed to produce high quality starch for humans and animals, has an optimal amino acid profile for pets, is rich in protein content and highly digestible.

Learn more about the future of plant-based pet food

Aromatics

Aromatics

Research shows a majority of pet consumers want their animals to experiences new things, including tastes and smells. With thousands of new products entering the global pet food market each year, pet nutrition manufacturers must offer unique, attention-capturing flavour profiles.

Our team of certified flavourists can help you introduce customized aromas to the marketplace, inspired by regional taste trends that can make a lasting impression on pet consumers. Our aromatic products work in dry and wet dog and cat food, dog and cat treats and plant-based pet products.

Our pet food and treat aroma ingredients include products from the following lines:

  • Authentic Savoury™, a collection of tastes including beef, chicken, pork and dairy flavours
  • Simply Nature™, a collection of tastes including fruit and vegetable ingredients, a collection of tastes including fruit and vegetable ingredients
  • Taste Sense™, a collection of taste modulators that optimise taste while reducing fat, sugar or salt

Treat Coatings

Treat Coatings

Rewarding dogs and cats with treats and snacks can increase the bond between pet and pet consumer and add variety to a pet’s diet. However, pet treats often add surplus empty calories and contribute to obesity in dogs and cats.

Our coating solutions can help transform pet food suppliers’ tasty treats into snacks with functional benefits. Made for frozen and shelf-stable products, our sweet and savoury treat coatings provide a delicious and nutritious pathway to improved digestive health and immune system support or increase fibre for satiation.

Examples of our pet treat coating products include:

  • Coatings such as yoghurt and nut butters
  • Centers made from fruits, nuts, cereal or cookies
  • Jumbles that use a combination of coating and center options
  • Options that are gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, nut-based or plant-based

Human-grade Animal Protein

Human-grade Animal Protein

Pet consumers increasingly want pet food and treats that list real meat as a top ingredient, and they want more sustainably sourced pet food with transparent origins and ingredients. There’s also a growing interest in human-grade pet foods, which new research shows may help improve digestibility.

Kerry's line of locally-sourced chicken products are gently cooked in a state-of-the-art USDA Organic-, APHIS- and FSSC22000-certified facility dedicated to poultry. Our human-grade animal protein products are appropriate for use in dry and wet dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, blended plant and animal products and broth toppers.

Our human-grade animal protein ingredients include:

  • Cooked chicken
  • Chicken powder
  • Chicken fat
  • Broth, available in liquid and powder across protein types including chicken (organic and conventional), beef (organic grass-fed and conventional), turkey and pork

Pet Food with a Purpose: How to win with functional nutrition

Learn about consumer demands driving the need for functional nutrition in pet food and treats as well as key considerations for developing your next product.

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