WINSTON SALEM, NC. — Natures Crops International (NCI) announced March 11 it has developed two new pet food ingredients derived from a proprietary variety of Buglossoides arvensis, a North American and European plant species more commonly known as Ahiflower.

New Ahiflower Omega Crumbles and Press Cake add to the company’s existing Ahiflower oil ingredients, which are currently being used as a more sustainable substitute for fish oil in pet nutrition. The crumble and cake ingredients are made from Ahiflower seeds, which offer a complete Omega composition, optimal amino acid content and high mineral values to support pet health. According to NCI, the new ingredients are also low in starch and digestible energy.

“The introduction of Ahiflower Omega Crumbles and Press Cake as ingredients in the international pet nutrition and supplement industry is an important and exciting development for Natures Crops International,” said Hattie Hebard, product manager at NCI. “As pet owners increasingly prioritize the health and wellbeing of their furry companions, we are committed to providing safe, effective and renewable solutions to support pet health and nutrition. With Ahiflower Omega Crumbles and Press Cake, pet owners can trust that they are providing their pets with the best possible nourishment.”

Ahiflower seeds used for NCI’s Omega Crumbles and Press Cake are grown by regenerative farmers in the United Kingdom using non-GMO, sustainable and traceable practices. In manufacturing, the ingredients bound to become Crumbles undergo steam cooking and milling processes to optimize nutrient availability and digestibility. Press Cake is a partially defatted meal co-product of the Ahiflower seed pressing process. Both ingredients are naturally high in silica and digestible calcium, according to NCI, which can benefit dental health and gastrointestinal pH balance.

Ahiflower Omega Crumbles and Press Cake ingredients can be incorporated into complete-and-balanced diets, treats or supplements for dogs, horses, birds, and other small pet species, according to NCI.

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