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Starting a pet food manufacturing

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Starting a pet food manufacturing

I am looking into venturing into the world of manufacturing a space I know little about. I want to start with a small investment and grow as I get any traction in the market.

The part I need help on
1. I have not been able to understand what equipment I need and what it does. The only equipment that comes up on searches is extruder. Does the extruder do end to end (weigh, chop/grind, mix, dye, dry, bagging) or other equipment is required?
2. I have searched for equipment manufacturers on the net and there is a large difference in costs especially from China. How to choose an equipment manufacturer keeping in mind scaling up? If other equipment apart from extruded is required can I mix and equipment or all have to be from same manufacturer?
3. I understand iso certification may be required, any leads in how to get around to that?
4. Anything I have missed to account for?

Thanks for the help!
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Just blend together a bunch of stuff using blendtec?
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With no experience in manufacturing, you should be looking for used equipment while you proof of concept whether you can actually make a product that people want to buy. Be the person that is buying the used equipment from a failed business, not the one that is selling it
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Thanks yes I am looking into that too but haven’t found much in terms of Kijiji et al. Hence wondering if I was looking for the right equipment at all.

Any leads on a good resource or business plan guide for this?
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dealixious wrote: Thanks yes I am looking into that too but haven’t found much in terms of Kijiji et al. Hence wondering if I was looking for the right equipment at all.

Any leads on a good resource or business plan guide for this?
This might be a little tough love, but think about it a little. You've no experience with manufacturing, doesn't sound like you have worked in the pet food business and you don't even know what equipment you need. None of that is a recipe for success in a market that has VERY big players in it that you'll find impossible to break into with no clue what you are doing. Presumably it's a regulated market where you need a clean facility etc to be licensed to make a product that will be consumed? I am going to assume that you have at least developed a formula that a lot of dogs have tried and enjoyed? If so, how did you make those small batches and can you not scale it a little slower. Throwing money at a business doesn't make it successful. Strong idea, strong execution and strong management is what you need.

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