Pet Food Nutrition & Functionality

Pet Food Nutrition & Functionality

Alternative proteins, ancient grains, holistic ingredients, and more.

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Alternative proteins

Customers seek alternative proteins in pet products for a variety of reasons, from animal welfare and sustainability concerns to non-allergenic alternatives for their pets with allergies.

Powered by a far-reaching portfolio - safe and reliable, from farm to pet's bowl - our pantry of legacy and on-trend ingredients contains everything you need to be on the leading edge of evolving trends.

Plant-Based Proteins
Plant-Based Proteins

With more than 30 plant sources, we have one of the most diverse portfolios of plant-based proteins.

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Plant-Based Texturants

We offer pure and renewable texturants delivering label-friendly characteristics to all formulas and formats.

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NutriStem™ Cooked Beans

Full of soluble fiber and other key nutrients, this easy-to-process alternative can help prevent digestive issues.

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Ancient Grains & Holistic Ingredients

Nutritional value and wholesomeness are driving pet food purchasers toward ancient grains. Their ancestral characteristics provide purported health benefits and many are gluten-free. Ancient grains are ideal for creating premium products for consumers who care about what they feed their pets.

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Beans and Products for ADM Pet

Plant-based proteins

Demand is on the rise for sustainable products that address everything from allergies to protein content. 

With more than 30 plant sources, we have one of the most diverse portfolios of plant-based proteins. They include soy, wheat, pea, beans, chickpeas, red & green lentils, amaranth, barley, buckwheat, chia, farro, flax, hemp, millet, pumpkin, quinoa, sesame, sorghum, rice, spelt, sunflower, teff, and peanut.

In addition to nutrition solutions, we offer pure and renewable plant-based texturants that deliver label-friendly characteristics to all formulas, forms, and formats. They include emulsifiers, polyols, and other texture solutions.

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Ingredients with a Purpose

From superfoods that contribute to the health and wellness of dogs and cats to keeping pet products and treats fresh and safe using natural ingredients, our vast portfolio helps customers meet the growing global demand for targeted solutions and microbiome solutions.

  • Botanicals with proprietary standardized composition and scientific evidence that supports targeted benefits
  • Standardized, high-quality plant extracts from selected sources associated with well-established health and wellness benefits
  • Unique custom ingredient systems that work together to support health and wellness with targeted benefits
  • Natural fruit and vegetable powders to help meet broad nutrition recommendations
  • Discover more about our supplements products and advanced microbiome solutions, including prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics, synbiotics, and enzymes

Specialty ingredient portfolio

Our diverse portfolio helps you meet the changing needs and desires of pets and their owners. We offer the following ingredients.


Alternative proteins

Ancient grains

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Blueberry powder
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Cranberry powder
  • Kale
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin powder
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potato powder
  • Tomato

Herbs & Spices

  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Dandelion leaf powder
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric

Starches & Fibers

  • Beet pulp
  • Chicory root
  • Oat fiber
  • Pea fiber
  • Pea starch
  • Potato starch
  • Rice
  • Tapioca starch
  • Tomato pomace
  • Wheat flour


  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sunflower oil


  • Canola
  • Flax
  • Hemp
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower

Vitamin E and preservation systems

NOVA-E 405 Natural Vitamin E

Natural E (RRR-a-tocopherol) has a higher potency compared to synthetic tocopherol and delivers similar stability. Used to improve animal metabolism, it is derived from vegetable oils and blended with a high-quality carrier. It’s a USA-made alternative that does not require a label change.

Preservation Systems

A clean label goes beyond nutrition and functional ingredients. It also includes preservation ingredients. Our natural extracts, including rosemary and green tea—along with natural tocopherols—can extend shelf life by protecting against the color, flavor, and safety implications caused by oxidation.



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This content is based on United States laws and regulations applicable on the day of publication of this content. We point out that customers are required to ensure that any labeling and claims made by customers for their finished products must be based on the regulatory requirements and scientific standards of the country in which the final products are offered for sale. Not all products are available in all regions.