PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

R&D Product Formulation

Our team consists of industry-experienced, post-graduate educated Animal Nutritionists, all with expertise in every step of the development process.

We are committed to providing the latest customizable formulations to meet the needs of the ever evolving Pet Food Market.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

We have specialized in developing a large array of extruded dry cat and dog diets for over three decades. All of our formulations are designed using an integrated formulation system, providing cost-effective solutions and great flexibility. Our team consists of industry-experienced, post-graduate educated Animal Nutritionists, all with expertise in every step of the development process. We offer an extensive library of hundreds of ingredients, from customizable fresh meat blends to specialty ingredients. We strive to deliver unique solutions driving growth for global partners.

Our Product Development department provides tailored customer service from product conceptualization to store shelf and beyond, including:

  • Creative assistance to better assess our customers’ needs
  • Formulation development based on latest research and market trends
  • In-house test batch with quality monitoring, full product testing and palatability assessments
  • Customized product attributes such as shape, and/or smell
  • Complete label information proposals
  • Information proofing
  • Traceability of all steps of production
  • Technical support throughout life of product

TORI SMURTHWAITE, B.Sc., M.Sc.

PRODUCT DEVELOPER

With a background in Integrative Biology and Nutrition, and experience in pet retail sales, Tori combines her love for sustainability and nutrition to develop unique products that have a minimal impact on the environment. Tori has a passion for green living. She is committed to bringing fresh ideas to the pet food industry, as well as helping to reduce our company’s ecological footprint, through innovative ingredient research, including the use of novel proteins.

ROSSANA LOPRESTI, B.Sc., M.Sc. 

PRODUCT DEVELOPER

Rossana’s academic background in Animal Nutrition and work experience in pet retail provides a solid foundation to lead successful new and innovative projects. Rosanna has a definite passion for companion animals. She embraces the opportunity to stay current on research in a variety of different areas, including ingredients and product safety, all with an emphasis on prioritizing animal health. Her formulation strategy focuses on the most recent research and lowest-cost formulation, while maintaining nutrient baselines and Elmira Pet Product’s excellent product integrity.