Pet Food Ingredients With Nutritional Benefits

Pet owners are increasingly aware of the impact of nutrition on the wellbeing and longevity of their pets and actively search for foods that fulfil their companions’ needs. Changing standards call for a tailored approach, especially as trends in the pet food industry have started to mirror those in human nutrition. At BENEO we keep track of the latest developments in the market to comply with the rising demand for better quality. Our functional, non-GMO ingredients offer a wide range of physiological benefits and help to create balanced, safe pet food that lives up to the highest standards.

Also discover the technological benefits of our ingredients in pet food: increased juiciness and chewiness in (semi-) moist pet food, improved crunchiness in dry extruded pet food, reduction of water activity and many others.

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Functional fibres for improved gut microbiota and digestive health

Functional Fibres for improved gut microbiota

BENEO’s chicory root fibres are among the very few scientifically proven prebiotic fibres. Their nourishing effect on the digestive tract has been studied extensively over the past two decades and was shown to enhance digestive health and well-being in multiple animals, including cats and dogs. Moreover, inulin and oligofructose are as suitable for young pets – from newborns up to puppies and kittens – as they are for mid-age and senior cats and dogs.

Nutritional benefits of our functional fibres:

  • Improve digestive health
  • Aid for better mineral and nutrient absorption
  • Reduce odour of faecal material
  • Reduce postprandial blood glucose and insulin response
  • Curb feed intake and begging behaviour (weight management)
  • Lower glycaemic response even at a food intake hours later, so-called second-meal effect
  • Support weight management

High quality plant proteins: a sustainable alternative to animal protein

A sustainable alternative to animal protein

Our Vital Wheat Gluten and rice protein are two concentrated, non-GMO sources of protein with a favourable amino acid profile. With a protein density of approximately 80 % and being neutral in taste, they are two of the most concentrated vegetable protein sources available and a sustainable alternative to animal protein. Also BENEO’s functional faba bean ingredients are the perfect choice for clean label and attractive pet food recipes.

Nutritional benefits of our vital wheat gluten:

  • Safe, concentrated and balanced plant protein
  • Exceptional digestibility for young and sensitive pets
  • Rich in functional amino acids in favour of gut development and good coat condition

To get more information about our rice protein, visit our page on Specialty Rice Ingredients.

Nutritional benefits of the faba bean:

Faba bean protein concentrate*:

  • Non-GMO
  • Sustainable plant protein
  • Well-balanced amino acid profile, rich in lysine

*Referred to as Horse Bean Protein following EU Catalogue.

Faba bean starch-rich flour:

  • Non-GMO
  • Sustainable source of starch and vegetal protein
  • High in amylose
  • Almost 50% resistant starch

Specialty rice ingredients: Targeted solutions for sensitive pets

Targeted solutions for sensitive pets

The cause of dietary allergies is sometimes difficult to determine. In this respect, our specialty rice ingredients are an ideal solution because they do not contain any of the most common allergens and provide a good source of energy and proteins. In addition, they have a neutral taste and colour, making them the ideal pet food ingredients.

Nutritional benefits of our rice protein:

  • Highly digestible and dense source of vegetal protein
  • Interesting amino acid composition
  • Absence of anti-nutritional factors, ideal for young, sensitive pets
  • Hypo-allergenic solution for sensitive pets (nutraceutical)

Nutritional benefits of our rice flours and starches:

  • Highly digestible source of carbohydrates (unique starch granule size)
  • Low in excess nutrients (e.g. ash) and absence of anti-nutritional factors
  • Hypo-allergenic solution for sensitive pets (nutraceutical)

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In-depth information about pet food ingredients

Natural ingredients for healthy pets

Natural ingredients for healthy pets

All about nutritious and technical ingredient solutions for healthy, happy pets.

The impact of ingredients on pet parents

The impact of ingredients on pet parents

Ingredient label and quality is under close scrutiny. Tick all the right boxes with rice ingredients: nature’s secret solution for healthy, natural and hypoallergenic pet food.

Rice starch, a clean label solution for sensitive pets

Rice starch, a clean label solution for sensitive pets

Tick all the right boxes for premium, clean label pet food with rice starch: a hypoallergenic natural feed ingredient.

Prebiotic chicory root fibre

Prebiotic chicory root fibre

Orafti® Inulin and Oligofructose are amongst the few proven prebiotics that take care of more than only your pet‘s digestive health.

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