Hill’s Pet Nutrition partners with Bond Pet Foods to develop fermented protein formulas

Topeka, Kan. Alternative proteins for pets are moving beyond just plants to include lab-grown ingredients, relieving pressure from the global meat chain. On November 10, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Bond Pet Foods, Inc. About a strategic partnership to advance the sustainability of Hill’s pet food formulas with fermented animal proteins.

“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is synonymous with the highest quality, nutritious pet foods, and the collaboration presents a tremendous opportunity,” said Rich Kleiman, founder and CEO of Bond Pet Foods. “Together, we will be able to reimagine meat-based nutrition for the world’s dogs and cats, and we are excited to leverage our technology to develop new transformational meat proteins for Hill’s portfolio.”

Boulder-based Bond Pet Foods has been working on fermented chicken protein since its founding in 2015. The unique process involves collecting a one-time blood sample from a Kansas chicken, Inga, and using it to build a genetic basis for the protein. Bond then uses food yeast and a fermentation process to produce meat-free animal proteins with a similar texture, appearance, and nutrition to traditional chicken proteins.

“This collaboration will allow us to explore how we can offer the precise, balanced nutrition that Hill is known for but in new and innovative ways,” said Dave Baloga, Hill’s Pet Nutrition vice president of science and technology. “As we think about how we can help pets thrive and create a better, more sustainable world, we are deeply interested in exploring additional ways to take a science-first approach to pet nutrition. This alternative protein source represents a step forward in our sustainability journey to use science to help provide the best possible care for animals. Pets – for today and tomorrow.

In May 2020, Bond launched its first product, a dog treat bar made with dry yeast protein using a similar fermentation process. In August 2020, the company announced the successful development of the first prototype of farmed chicken protein for pet food. The company said it plans to launch its first fermented chicken products in 2023.

Bond Pet Foods is backed by food technology investment funds to develop “nature-identical” proteins for pet foods, including chicken, beef, fish and other proteins. This partnership with Hill’s is expected to accelerate the development of the family of fermented proteins.

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