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11/02/2021

PetDine makes moves to strengthen quality assurance

New hire, promotion and facility expansions show growth in the newly acquired company.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Private label manufacturer of pet supplements and treats, PetDine, has bolstered its quality assurance team.

The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company was recently acquired by ADM and the moves relate to an increase in production from the company. In relation to the ADM move, PetDine announced earlier in the month it would be expanding its 210,000 square foot Harvard, Ill., manufacturing facility, increasing hourly production output at the facility by 30%. It also opened plants in Fort Collins and Windsor, Colo.

“An estimated 68% of American households have pets,” said Preston Munsch, PetDine founding partner. “That is a large population with continuously changing needs and demands. PetDine has chartered an ambitious growth course year over year in the pet supplement and treat space, and we plan to keep delivering cutting-edge pet products while accelerating our clients’ go-to-market timeline and holding fast to our ‘Made Better’ promise."

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With this growth, PetDine added to its assurance team, hiring Mike Flot to be a quality assurance manager and promoted Tirrel Miller to the role of director of quality.

The expanded quality department amplifies PetDine’s commitment to Safe Quality Food (SQF) best practices, according to the company.

“This move supports our core value for the highest-quality contract manufacturing practices in the pet industry,” said Munsch. “Tirrel will now take on enhanced responsibilities within our Quality division and work with Mike to reinforce our rigorous quality assurance operations, enabling us to further stress product quality and mitigate risk to meet expectations of clients and end-consumers.”

Led by Miller, the Quality Assurance team will continue to maintain comprehensive quality control and food safety practices, including upholding SQF certification and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) standards.

“PetDine is never one to rest on its laurels when it comes to helping clients bring superior products to market and doing what is ultimately best for happier, healthier pets,” said Miller. “Mike’s skills and experience will instantly strengthen our quality control processes through increased oversight at every level, resulting in maximum product quality outcomes that ensure pet treats and chews are ‘made better’.”

Flot earned a Microbiology degree from Colorado State University and has spent his entire career within food safety, quality and health departments for both small food manufacturers and large corporations. He has held management and senior-level positions for various organizations, including senior director of food safety and quality with Claremont Foods and vice president of food safety and quality with Fresca Foods, bringing extensive knowledge to the PetDine quality assurance team.