Kuenzi and Krehbiel reunite to advance early-stage pet food companies

MANHATTAN, KAN.— Pet industry consulting company, NQV8, announced Nov. 8 John Krehbiel has joined its…

MANHATTAN, KAN.— Pet industry consulting company, NQV8, announced Nov. 8 John Krehbiel has joined its team of pet nutrition and process experts as vice president of sales.

Krehbiel brings more than 40 years of experience in custom pet food manufacturing and pet food processing equipment at C.J. Foods and Wenger, respectively. He also brings his own unique background with pet food start-ups including his own company, QC Plus.

John Krehbiel, vice president of sales at NQV8, LLC.John Krehbiel, vice president of sales at NQV8, LLC. 

“I’ve known and worked with John my entire career in pet food,” said John C. Kuenzi, chief executive officer at NQV8, LLC. “There is no one that I trust more to do the right thing or work to make it happen. John is relentless in pursuit of the customers goals and objectives. His knowledge and attention to detail is unmatched. His passion and integrity make him the ideal addition to our team during this incredible time of growth and opportunity for our clients and NQV8. He is simply an amazing teammate and person.”

Kuenzi described the nimble NQV8 team of experienced pet industry professionals as guides. The consulting company brings together innovation in the form of product development and incubation that encompasses processes, product launches and steady-state production oversight.

In addition to working with individual brands for start-ups and relaunches, NQV8 also provides independent consulting services to co-producers addressing operational process improvements, facility assessments and program reviews.

Kuenzi said NQV8 helps fill a void in the industry.

“There is a tremendous need for guided ‘incuvation’ in the pet space,” he shared. “If it touches the pet food or treat industry, we’re up for the challenge.”

Several members of the NQV8 team bring experience with multi-million-dollar and multi-national businesses. Both early-stage and established companies benefit from working closely with NQV8’s brand strategists, product development experts and pet industry veterans to take their product to the next level.

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