Known as a pet food brand that focuses on the good stuff, not grains and ‘nasties’, Forthglade Foods is investing in a future of premium products for both cats and dogs.
Processing high-meat content (85%) and mixed vegetable wet foods for pet owners’ convenience presents several challenges to an independent retailer. Having decided to prioritise the quality of the ingredients and with growing interest in its ‘grain free’ lines, Forthglade chose a processing system that would handle particulates delicately, for a fina product that stands apart from others in the market.
Having chosen to invest further in the manufacturing sites for the business, Forthglade now operates a 4 x 6 basket 1400mm Lagarde retorts as their processing technology of choice. The reasoning behind the decision relates back to the core advantages of Lagarde’s machinery.
Lagarde’s retorts process delicate products and flavours to a high degree of accuracy. Its patented Samantha IT interface is able to deliver identical process for batches to between =/-0.2 Celsius and 15mBar, and can be accessed remotely from designated hand-held devices. Lagarde’s range of steam/air and raining water retorts, including rotating machines, ensure that a wide range of containers remain bright and free of any deformation.
Forthglade Foods has launched its product into wider markets, exporting to ten countries. Joint MD, Chris Brooking remarked: “The Lagarde retorts provide reliable, energy efficient and accurate processing of our products. We have continued to invest in Lagarde retorts partly because of this, but also because of the back-up and support given to us by Holmach – comprehensive servicing and training has meant the we can keep up with ever increasing demand”.
We will be showcasing Lagarde with a retort on display on Stand C30 at this year’s PPMA Total 2019! Come and see us in the Birmingham NEC 1 – 3 October to find out more about our latest installations and the processing potential of autoclaves for your next product line.