Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20/09/2017: BioMar reinforces its sustainable profile within the organic shrimp market

Jorge Vargas, General Manager of BioMar Costa Rica
 The BioMar factory in Costa Rica has been certified to produce feed for organic farming of shrimp. With this initiative, BioMar takes another step in line with it's plan to enter the global shrimp market. At the same time BioMar complements its shrimp feed range with a high quality value proposition to Central American shrimp farmers. 

 John Tinsley, Technical Director, BioMar Emerging Markets Central America, explains about this certification, "We are delighted to be fully certified under the European Union standard to produce organic shrimp feed at our factory in Costa Rica. It has been a great team effort from everyone at BioMar Costa Rica to reach this target."

 He continued, "As the shrimp industry is developing, producers in the region are looking towards organic production systems as a way to grow and differentiate and to fulfil increasing consumer demands. We are proud to be able to support their development plans and innovate aquaculture with our new shrimp feed ECOLIFE Exia for organic farming of shrimp and support shrimp farmers with technical expertise." 

 Jorge Vargas, General Manager of BioMar Costa Rica, mentions that one of the cornerstones of BioMar's philosophy is the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, ensuring that we can meet the needs of the present without compromising those of the future. He also points out that BioMar in Central America has established a local strategy for the coming years "A  green factory in a green region". 

 He concludes, "ECOLIFE Exia, our feed for organic shrimp farming, comes to support our strategy by allowing us to provide a high quality product to the market and at the same time complement our range of extruded shrimp feeds. Central America has potential for value-added feeds and having a local feed supplier will allow for faster response and lower product inventories for the producers. We work continuously to deliver a product that delivers good results to our customers. If our customers succeed, so do we." 

Visit the BioMar website here. 

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20/09/2017: A synergy of expertise for better feed

by Tom Blacker, 
International Aquafeed


 JBL is a feed producer for aquarium, terrarium and pond fish, founded in 1960 by Joachim Böhme. Today JBL employ 180 people provide 150 fish feed products on the market.

 I visited their main premises in Neuhofen, Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany on Thursday June 22, 2017 along with our Chinese milling expert partner, Dr Wenbin Wu and a contingent from London and South East Milling Society (LSEMS); totaling around 35 visitors.

 Current Head of Research and Development (R&D) and Quality Management at JBL, Michael Donner led the group through a presentation and factory tour, which was highly enjoyed by all. Michael is a fisheries biologist and expert in fish nutrition and fish health, having received his education at Ifm-Geomar Kiel and University Konstanz.

 The R&D department is highly important mainly because of the need for new products in the market. He prides farmed fish for JBL feed on being ‘very important to save natural populations – nature protection and sustainability is a main goal of JBL’.

On the JBL website, the General Manager of JBL, Roland Böhme, says, “We follow the commitment of my father, who founded the company 50 years ago. He loved animals of all kinds and made it a central issue to create products that would optimise the keeping of animals, and thus stop their removal from the wild. I am happy to continue this aim!”

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Phileo Company Profile


 By the year 2050, our planet will be home to more than nine billion people.

 Livestock farmers have to meet the growing demand for high-quality protein food products (milk and meat) to guarantee the safety of the increasingly demanding consumers (food safety, reduction in antibiotics use, etc.), in large volume and at a reasonable price to feed the planet.

 They are also faced with poor cereal quality, which affects animal health and performance. Finding new solutions to meet the needs of future generations is a challenge that Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care embraces – we strive to enhance the lives of animals in order to better enhance the lives of people.

 Backed by more than 30 years of experience and a global staff of 140 people, Phileo is positioning itself in the health through nutrition segment located at the crossroads of the world of agronomy (focused on livestock performance through nutrition) and the world of medicine (focused on treatment using antibiotics and vaccines).

 Phileo is committed to delivering animal health and performance solutions based on live yeasts, bacteria and yeast products that contribute to food safety and the responsible use of antibiotics, including: 

  • Improvements in digestibility and bioavailability, for better feed efficacy and performance.
  • Cost-effective nutritional alternatives, providing substitutes for unsustainable or limited feed sources.
  • Control of the risk associated with bacterial toxins and mycotoxins through binding and detoxification.
  • Enhancement of immune response and digestive health in preventive management
  • Reduction of pathogen pressure to help limit the risk of antibiotic resistance.
  • Optimisation of physiological mechanisms against stress, to support animal welfare. In every country, Phileo progress is led by the most advanced science as well as practical on-farm experience.
Visit the Phileo website here.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

19/09/2017: Seafood Innovation Contest to Develop “Fish-Free” Fish Oil Launches


Fish Oil Challenge seeks innovators to streamline aquaculture feed supply chain.

 A new contest to innovate a fish oil alternative that doesn’t rely on wild-caught fish officially launched this week. The F3 Fish Oil Challenge will award a $100,000 prize to the company or team that makes and sells the most fish-free “fish oil” to aquaculture operations or feed manufacturers. The prize amount is expected to increase through additional crowdsource fundraising.

 The F3 (Future of Fish Feed) team, a collaboration of scientists, environmentalists and industry leaders, is currently recruiting innovators to join the global race to help remove a bottleneck to growth in the aquaculture industry. Aquaculture is poised to explode as the supplier of one of the world's most efficient sources of animal proteins to feed our planet’s growing population. However, the industry is being held back by the availability of one key ingredient: fish oil, which provides important omega fatty acids for animal and human nutrition.

 The University of Arizona, New England Aquarium, University of Massachusetts Boston, Synbiobeta, Anthropocene Institute and The World Bank are sponsoring the contest that aims to both support and streamline the aquaculture feed supply chain.

 “We are seeking innovators who do not accept business-as-usual and will apply their ingenuity to make aquaculture industry more feasible, and more environmentally responsible now and in the future,” said University of Arizona Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, a judge of the Fish Oil Challenge and former president of the World Aquaculture Society. “Changing the way we grow farmed fish is vital to feed ourselves without further depleting the wild-fish populations on which aquaculture depends.”

 Fish farms, or aquaculture, now provide about half of the world’s seafood. And, fish farm owners are looking for new and innovative ways to feed all those billions of fish in a way that doesn’t rely on fish resources from the ocean. Oily fish, like sardines, anchovies and menhaden, called “forage fish,” are currently harvested from the wild and fed to farmed-raised fish to provide them with these essential fatty oils.

 The problem is that these fish are also crucial food for other commercial fisheries like cod, salmon, tuna, as well as marine mammals like whales, dolphins and seals as well as seabirds. If these wild fish populations at the center of the food chain disappear, so will the life that depends on it.

 For the current rate of expansion of aquaculture to continue, most scientists and aquaculture industry analysts agree that alternative ingredients need to be used. If alternatives are not found the aquaculture industry will contract, according to the World Bank. Some of the innovations may be found in new collaborations between the biotechnology and seafood sectors to create a fish-free fish oil that provides essential nutrients for aquaculture and for people using fewer land and water resources.

 “From its inception, biotechnology has been about finding solutions to societal challenges,” said Christopher Oakes, director of corporate development at SynBioBeta, the activity hub for the synthetic biology industry. "Our hope is that we can apply engineering principles to biology and increase collaboration between these two industries to improve the sustainability of farm-raised seafood."

 Essential fatty acids (EFAs), known as omega-3s and 6 and found in fish oils, are critical building blocks of a fish diet. An optimal balance of these key nutrients in aquaculture-raised fish feed is needed to ensure that the fish are healthy and highly nutritious for consumers. Currently only one of these fatty acids, called DHA, is available from non-fish sources such as algae. Innovating a complete fish oil replacement that contains the other two essential fatty acids, known as EPA and ARA, in an optimal ratio that mimics the fatty acid profile found in forage fish is the goal of the challenge. EFAs are important for the health of the human nervous system, including the health of the heart and brain.

 To help the contestants, the F3 team’s fish nutrition experts have used known fatty acid profiles of wild forage fish to develop target values that will need to be met to qualify as a viable fish oil replacement.

 Raising healthy fish on fish-free feed has many consumer benefits as well. The sustainable harvest of forage fish is of increasing importance for preserving life in the oceans and to make aquaculture more environmentally responsible for consumers.

 Since the current supply of fishmeal and fish oil from the ocean is limited and fluctuates based upon environmental conditions, sourcing of sustainable ingredients for aquaculture feeds is a main factor considered by seafood eco-labels, which provide consumers with important information about the sustainability of the seafood they buy.

 Recent scientific studies have also found harmful levels of mercury and other pollutants in forage fish that accumulate in the ocean, which could be a cause for concern among consumers. 

 “Our goal is to use technological innovation to overcome challenges in the aquaculture supply chain and change the way we feed farm-raised fish,” said Fitzsimmons. “The industry has made tremendous strides to vastly increase yields of aquaculture products with limited supplies of fish meal and fish oil. However, if we are to become even more sustainable and want to ensure a robust industry in the future, more innovation is needed to find cost-effective alternative ingredients.”

 China and the Asia-Pacific region are the largest markets in the global aquaculture industry, which is expected to be worth over $200 billion by 2020. The global fish oil market is projected to reach over $4 billion by 2021, and the rapidly expanding growing global aquaculture industry is the greatest source of demand for fish oil. Demand for fish oil as an ingredient in dietary supplements and pet food is also on the rise.

 The first challenge by the F3 team, the Fish-Free Feed Challenge, was a game-changer in the fish feed industry by helping to promote the adoption of fish-free feed to improve the overall sustainability of the aquaculture industry. The challenge drew contestants from all over the world who have collectively sold over 100,000 metric tons of fish-free feed, saving over 100 million forage fish from being used as fish feed. This new challenge will help provide a key strategic ingredient that will enable aquaculture to expand more quickly, independent of wild-caught fish stocks, enhancing global food security.

 The goal of the F3 Fish Oil Challenge is to accelerate the availability of cost-competitive, viable alternatives to fish oil that provide the essential nutritional components for fish that at the same time help reduce demand for wild-caught for fish feed and enhance food security.

 To learn more and register to compete, click here. 


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KAHL Company Profile


 Amandus Kahl, founded in 1876 and family-owned since generations, is a medium-sized manufacturer of domestic waste pelleting plants, waste tyre recycling plants and other technical solutions.

 Research, design, development and synergies are key features of the company. Complete turn-key compound feed factories, wood pelleting plants, domestic waste pelleting plants and waste tyre recycling plants are supplied to well-known companies throughout the world.

 For the recycling industry, we offer complete waste tyre recycling plants, domestic waste pelleting plants as well as straw, biomass and wood pelleting plants. In all areas, we are among the leading international manufacturers.

 With more than 800 employees, a worldwide network of agencies, service technicians, subsidiaries and sales offices, we provide support to our customers every day, around the globe. The machines and plant parts are manufactured near Hamburg and Bremen, i.e. quality "Made in Germany".

 Through constant systematic and extensive investments in modern machining centres, we ensure the high quality of our products such as waste tyre recycling plants, pelleting presses for compound feed or granulation machines. Benefit from our know-how when it comes to recycling, pelleting or granulation.

 Visit the KAHL website here. 

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19/09/2017: Full speed ahead into shrimp: Alimentsa approved to join BioMar

Image courtesy of BioMar
The acquisition of Alimentsa as announced in June is now completed. All necessary approvals have now been obtained and Alimentsa will from September 13, 2017 have been a part of BioMar Group. The acquisition will position BioMar among the leading shrimp feed producers in Latin America creating synergies toward existing business. 

 The CEO of BioMar Group, Carlos Diaz explains the rationale behind the acquisition as a unique possibility to create synergies in regards to development and delivery of high end products and services to the Ecuadorian shrimp farmers, complementing the existing BioMar footprint in Latin Americas set by the business unit in Costa Rica. 

 He says, "It is our strong believe that we through an integration of Alimentsa in BioMar Group will be able to deliver a new high-end value proposition to the Latin American farmers by merging the highly recognised products and technical services from Alimentsa with our innovative and proven approach to R&D, sustainability and feed efficiency. We have in BioMar during recent years built a strong knowledge base within feed for shrimp and we can furthermore contribute with extensive research and experience from other species such as tilapia and marine species."

 Right now BioMar and Alimentsa are ready to take the first steps in integration. During the fourth quarter focus will be on connecting the established BioMar units with the employees in Ecuador to build the foundation for the future integration of the new business unit. 

Mr Diaz continues, "We are confident that synergies can be harvested following the acquisition. With Alimentsa as part of BioMar Group, we can immediately deliver an attractive value proposition to shrimp farmers in Ecuador. We believe that in the future, together with the employees in Alimentsa and the customers, we can develop new product solutions based upon our shared interest in sustainability, innovation and cooperation with the customers." 

 BioMar Group will take over 70 percent of the shares representing an investment of US$119 million. BioMar Group estimates that the market will prove to be very attractive with growth rates of eight to 12 percent. 

Visit the BioMar website here. 
Visit the Alimentsa website here. 

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19/09/2017: IFFO's Andrew Mallison takes part in Russia's International Fisheries Forum and Expo

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 For the first time Russia, St Petersburg, is hosting the Global Fishery Forum and International exhibition for fishery, seafood and know-how (Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo) and with over 200 delegates attending from over 50 countries over two days, it promises to be an exciting event. 

 IFFO's Director General Andrew Mallison will participate in a two panel session and act as a moderator for one of the two plenary sessions. The aim of the forum is to identify main trends in the development of the modern world fish market, promote the expansion of trade and economic relations and scientific cooperation. A strategy for the development of Russia's fishing industry and export/import policies will also be discussed, making this a good opportunity to raise the profile of the marine ingredients industry, and IFFO in Russia. 

 IFFO's Andrew Mallison will be moderating the first day plenary session debate between several prominent Russian and international politicians and business interests. He will then be participating in a roundtable panel session titled 'Protectionism amidst Globalization of the Fish Industry' along speakers from the FAO, national fisheries groups and global companies such as McDonalds, presenting an overview of the marine ingredients industry. The panel will discuss current and future global trends, the effectiveness of free trade agreements and positive experiences and obstacles encountered by fishery companies in international trade. Following the panel on market opportunities, Mallison will also present in a panel on certification, discussing the benefits and challenges of certification schemes with reference to the IFFO Responsible Supply standard. 

More information on this event can be found here. 
IFFO's reactions to the event will be published here. 

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