Tuffy’s Pet Foods has been producing All Natural, Super Premium Pet Foods for over 50 years. Located in the land of 10,000 lakes, we believe that protecting our Earth where our furry family members breathe, relax and play is as essential as producing a product that is safe, full of nutrients, tastes great and is all natural. Tuffy’s Pet Foods takes daily steps to reduce, reuse and recycle. We take enormous pride in our new offices that we installed a geothermal system which is the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool a building. Unlike other comfort systems, geothermal does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gasses which contribute to air quality pollution. Additionally, it has lower electricity demands.
We take many other steps towards a greener earth as well. All corrugated items that are not used in production are bundled and recycled. We recycle our used plastic from the plant. All paper, plastic and glass products are recycled in our office. Selected packaging is compostable, while all packaging is recycleable. We are generous to humane societies and various rescues across the country. This is all part of our company commitment to the planet and our pets.
Expectations in the Pet Food Industry have changed dramatically and are on par if not exceeding the human food industry. Food safety and especially microbiological safety are the keys to being in this market and offering us the opportunity to grow. Our new facility has been designed with food safety in mind at every step. This includes a plant layout which has segregated employee traffic flows, segregated air flows, and state of the art cooking, drying, coating, cooling equipment, and conveying equipment. In planning this facility all of our decisions have revolved around Food Safety and efficiency, while streamlining our processes.
The processing and packaging areas of the new facility will be made of pre-stressed concrete walls with a rubber roof. Our packaging systems have been designed for flexibility for blending and conveying will supply four packaging lines. Two lines will be moved from the current facility and a new high speed large line and a new small line with a bundler will be purchased. The new facility will initially have three extrusion lines that will have the ability to produce 180,000 tons or more depending upon product mix. There is also room for a fourth extrusion line for additional future growth.
Key Plant Expansion benefits include: greatly reduce or eliminate bio-contamination, one of the first pet food plants in the U.S. to achieve this, increase capacity and efficiency to meet increased demand for both our branded and private label products and improve capability to produce super premium and super premium pet foods that include an expanding array of premium and exotic protein sources.
At Tuffy’s Pet Foods we have a responsibility to help our community and to continue making a positive contribution to the world. We will continue to reduce our environmental footprint, reduce waste and increase efficiency. From our family to yours.