Leading pet food manufacturers choose Trouw Nutrition for our unmatched quality – quality in our processes, people, plants and of course our ingredients. Not every variety of blueberry is created equally, for example, and Trouw Nutrition searches the globe to find the best blueberry suppliers. We require all suppliers to complete a rigorous screening process to ensure their operations and ingredients meet our high standards.
As a global leader in animal nutrition, Trouw Nutrition benefits from our vast global network by optimizing 1 Quality Management (1QM), a quality system featuring a repository of audit certificates, surveys, and other key documents shared internationally. Trouw Nutrition locations around the world can vet suppliers more quickly by sharing their findings and audit results.
Stringent Ingredient Assessment
Every one of our 400+ ingredients undergoes a comprehensive assessment covering five key areas:
1. Food safety
3. Physical characteristics
4. Nutritional parameters
5. Health Safety and Environment (HSE) impact
After collecting safety data sheets (SDS), audits, labels, samples, etc. for each ingredient, Trouw Nutrition develops a Product Quality Agreement (PQA) with the supplier to define expectations, set ingredient specifications and identify prohibited substances, such as heavy metals or pesticides.
NIR Advanced Technology
Trouw Nutrition performs near-infrared (NIR) analysis on every incoming ingredient. Using discriminant analysis chemometric math treatment, each ingredient is compared to our historical data, collected over 10 years across multiple locations, to identify any irregularities. Additional testing may be conducted, depending on the risks associated with the ingredient and customer requests.
Every supplier/manufacturer must meet global and local quality standards set for Quality Assurance procedures, risks and hazards, social responsibility, and past third-party audits. Trouw Nutrition audits their facilities and assesses their performance using a combination of rigorous internal and external third-party quality audit schemes.
Even after approving a supplier via our rigorous screening process, the supplier must continue to pass third-party audits, complete surveys, report on quality assurance procedures and if necessary, continue to pass in-person audits to ensure ongoing compliance with Trouw Nutrition’s high standards.
From non-GMO to grain-free to organic to vegetarian to vegan to an 18-month shelf life, we’ll supply the finest ingredients to meet your product’s unique specifications. To learn more about improving your ingredient quality, contact your Trouw Nutrition representative, call 800.365.1357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.