PetDine fortifies quality assurance team

FORT COLLINS, COLO. — PetDine announced Oct. 26 the appointment of Mike Flot as quality…

FORT COLLINS, COLO. — PetDine announced Oct. 26 the appointment of Mike Flot as quality assurance manager, and the promotion of Tirrel Miller to director of quality. This expansion of its quality department is expected to strengthen the pet supplement co-manufacturer’s commitment to Safe Quality Food (SQF) standards.

“This move supports our core value for the highest-quality contract manufacturing practices in the pet industry,” said Preston Munsch, founding partner at PetDine. “Tirrel will now take on enhanced responsibilities within our Quality division and work with Mike to reinforce our rigorous quality assurance operations, enabling us to further stress product quality and mitigate risk to meet expectations of clients and end-consumers.”

Flot brings management and senior-level leadership experience to his new role, having previously served as senior director of food safety and quality with Claremont Foods and vice president of food safety and quality with Fresca Foods.

Miller, who was hired to PetDine’s quality assurance team as a quality assurance manager in June, will lead PetDine’s quality assurance team, focusing on upholding the company’s SQF certification and standards set by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), an arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“PetDine is never one to rest on its laurels when it comes to helping clients bring superior products to market and doing what is ultimately best for happier, healthier pets,” Miller said. “Mike’s skills and experience will instantly strengthen our quality control processes through increased oversight at every level, resulting in maximum product quality outcomes that ensure pet treats and chews are ‘made better’.”   

PetDine recently announced several capacity expansions, including increased production capabilities at its Harvard, Ill. facility, a $25 million investment to expand its Windsor, Colo. plant, a new 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Fort Collins, and the opening of its Martina Holmes Innovation Lab in July.

These expansions have also been met with the appointment of a new senior operations manager, Jay Sokolowski, in April, and the addition of cat supplement development and manufacturing capabilities announced in September.

Also in September, ADM announced plans to acquire a majority of PetDine and three other private label pet treat companies owned by P4 Companies, valuing all four companies at $600 million.

Read more about personnel changes throughout the industry.