When producing our dry feeds we utilise one of these two production methods: cold pressing or extrusion. Even though pressed and extruded (extruded) pellets are made from the same high-quality raw materials, the manufacturing process is different; which results in a unique pellet structure.

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In the field of pressed dog food Prins is market leader in The Netherlands. Our pressed kibble is a product we are extra proud of!

Pressing

In pressed food, the raw material mixture is pressed through a mold (shaping plate) at a temperature of approximately 75 degrees Celsius. Due to this relatively low temperature, the raw materials suffer minimal stress from the heating. It is essential for the grains to be precooked, so your pet can optimally benefit from and digest their carbohydrates.

Condensed

Pressed kibble is a condensed food. The pressed pellets take up less space because all nutrients are pressed in and all air is taken out. Not only in their packages, but also in your pet's stomach. Pressed kibble falls apart once taken in, which reduces stress on the stomach. This makes the pressed food especially suitable for active dogs. 

Prins does not have any pressed food for cats. It appears that cats have a dislike for the texture of pressed pellets and prefer the extruded type. Picky dogs, on the other hand, are usually delighted by pressed varieties, which are then actually improving their appetite.

Our pressed kibble is a product we are extra proud of!

Extrusion

By extruding kibble, which is done at temperatures exceeding 130 degrees Celsius, grains are cooked and disseminated for the most part. Also, some moisture is added under pressure. As soon as the mixture leaves the extruder, the pressure drops which more or less 'blows up' the pellet, resulting in a extruded structure. Any essential oils and fats will be added last, to prevent unnecessary heating.

Optimal chewing

Extruded pellets expand in the stomach and are easily digestable. Because extruded food is firmer, cats and dogs chew on it better. Choosing between pressed and extruded food mainly depends on your dog. One will handle a pressed type better while another will prefer a extruded one. Lots of dogs will be doing fine with both options.

Which one is better?

Which one is better; a pressed food or a extruded one? We are often asked this question at Prins and we can keep this brief: there is no such thing as the 'best' option. It's impossible to give a general rule about when a dog should be fed pressed or extruded food. It all depends on how the individual dog responds to the food! Do you want to learn more or are you unsure about which type suits your pet best? Do not hesitate to seek advice from our CareTeam!

Marjolein from the CareTeam

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