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We invite you to access our AFB International library of white papers, research summaries, articles and PalatantsPlus.com blog posts. Recent additions are shown below.

The true meaning of the p-value in pet food research

AFB principal biostatistician Jay Harrison dispels misconceptions about the p-value—a probability calculation used in pet food research to determine whether one ration is preferred to the other—in this presentation shared at Petfood Forum 2017.

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Application of Powders & Liquids after Extrusion: Risks & Benefits in Nutrition, Processing & Cost

AFB’s Kris Figge shared technical insights customers can use in kibble production in this presentation at the 15th Congress of the Colegio Brasileiro de Nutricao Animal (CBNA).

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Nose in bowl: How dogs tell us which foods are worth their time

A new measure of a dog’s focus on her food is making successful meal development easier. AFB researchers share sample results and potential impacts.

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Functions of Fat

Total palatability requires much more than simply adding a palatant. Fats are one key to total palatability, adding both an energy source and flavor enhancement.

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Equivalence testing: Insights from the experts

How can you show that two products will perform equally well? AFB biostatistician Jay Harrison shares how knowing the question you want to answer is key to designing a test to answer it.

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Ensuring coating consistency of petfood: challenges and approaches

Which method of testing palatant coating consistency is right for your needs? This AFB study uncovers the pros and cons of four methods.

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Does flavor variety stimulate food intake in kittens?

Do cats fed a single-flavor diet as kittens prefer that as they grow—or become tired of it? The results in this long-term AFB study provide insights into this and important related questions.

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A Functional Comparison of the Domestic Cat Bitter Receptors and their Human Orthologs

We know cats don’t taste sweet flavors like we do. But what about bitter? AFB’s ground-breaking feline taste receptor research sheds light.


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The “Flavour” of Weight Management

Battling pet obesity is all about reducing calories and increasing exercise—but that can be a complex process, explains AFB’s Nancy Rawson.

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AFB’s Popular Pet Names of 2014

What are the most common AFB pet names? Inquiring minds want to know! Get the facts—and the full list here.

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Why Are Cats So…Difficult?

Cats have a reputation as “finicky” eaters, but is it deserved? If so, what might cause them to be pickier than their canine counterparts?

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Cue the Cat: The Visual Dimension of Flavor Preference


If you know what to look for, cats will “tell” you what they like—very quickly and with great precision. AFB’s Nancy Rawson explains.

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The Treat Revolution

Humans love their snacks—and they’re making sure their companion animals do, too. Enter the science of pet treat palatability.

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Ingredient Sustainability in Pet Food

AFB International’s Nancy Rawson looks ahead at pet food ingredient sustainability in this September 2014 PETS International article.

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Storage, Stability and Use of Dry Palatants

Dry palatants offer flexibility in shipping and application, plus exceptional levels of palatability. Learn best practices for their storage, handling and application to help ensure optimal results.

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Storage and Stability of Liquid Palatants

If you have liquid palatants on hand, take care to safeguard their viability. Get the details on how to properly store and stabilize these fluid flavor enhancers to protect your investment.

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AFB’s Benchmark Program

AFB International regularly benchmarks the comparative palatability of popular pet foods—and alerts customers to related opportunities.

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What’s New at AFB International

PETS International features the latest news and updates from AFB in the May 2014 issue. Check out a copy here.

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Eating Patterns in Cats During Extended Exposure to Fixed Diets

As humans, we tend to think our companion animals think like we do. AFB International’s research on cats and diet preference over time suggests we’re not always right.

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The Chemistry of Kibble

Author Mary Roach shares a witty behind-the-scenes look at AFB International and the pet food palatant industry in this April 2013 Popular Science article.

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Kibble Size and Its Effect on Canine Palatability

AFB International’s research testing three diameters of otherwise identical kibble with dogs of all sizes yielded significant—and surprising—results.

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Instrumental Techniques in Pet Food Analysis – Electronic Nose and Electronic Tongue (ENT)

While there’s still no replacement for the two-bowl test using real animals, instrumental techniques have come a long way in adding depth to palatability testing. Learn more about what this smell and taste technology can do.

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Understanding the Drivers for Palatability: From Basic Science to Complex Product Systems

We invite you to learn more about AFB’s nose-to-tail approach to palatability.

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Flavor Fatigue In Cats: A Long-Term Study

Do cats get tired of eating the same food day after day? As part of our ongoing work to uncover the mysteries behind feline feeding preferences, AFB studied how flavor fatigue really impacts the cat’s eating experience.

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Process and Product Parameters Affecting Pet Food Performance

Our research team set out to discover key parameters that could help ensure AFB International palatants consistently enhance pet food performance. A group of helpful cats led the way.

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Understanding the Drivers for Palatability

FROM BASIC SCIENCE TO COMPLEX PRODUCT SYSTEMS

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Technical Expertise For Real-Life Challenges

AFB International’s team of global experts can help diagnose palatability challenges and develop appropriate solutions. Four diverse case studies show how.

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Do Cats Like Sour Taste?

AFB International’s researchers went to work to test the perception that cats like sour taste, shedding new light on this widely held idea.

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Meal Particle Size & Its Effect on Feline Palatability, Processing Parameters and Texture

If one food breaks down more easily than another, will cats prefer the former? AFB International researchers put that question to the test in this insight-yielding research study.

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Development of New Palatants for Felines: Design of Experiment Approach

A Design of Experiment approach can deliver exponentially richer insights than a “one change at a time” method. See how AFB International used it to identify feline palatant insights and opportunities.

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Principles of Pet Food Palatability

At AFB International, we’ve honed the science for making pet foods, treats and supplements taste better. Learn more about the history and principles of pet food palatability in this white paper.

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Application of Combined Electronic Nose and Tongue Technology in Pet Food Flavor Development

Combined Electronic Nose and Tongue (ENT) technology is an effective screening tool for delivering important pet food flavor insights quickly. Find out how AFB International is putting ENT to use.

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Flavor Development and Quality Using e-Nose / e-Tongue Technology

Just how helpful is ENT technology as an alternative to animal sensory palatability tests? AFB International researchers demonstrate on liquid and dry pet food flavors.

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Kibble Shape and Its Effect on Feline Palatability

Star, triangle, disc or cylinder: Do cats care what shape their food takes? AFB International researchers set out to answer this question—and the answer was loud and clear.

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