Sunday, September 24, 2017

25/09/2017: Aller Aqua inaugurates its fifth factory

On the 27th September Aller Aqua Group will inaugurate its fifth factory – Aller Aqua Zambia. An important milestone for the fish feed producer which has a strong foothold in the African market.

“It will be a proud day when we inaugurate our fifth factory, which is also our second factory on the African continent”, Henrik Halken, Group Vice President for Aller Aqua Group, explains. 



“The growth in Egypt and the success we experience through our own sales companies in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana prove that there is a market for aquafeed of a higher quality than the customers here are used to. We have been present in Africa for a long time, and now the time was right to take the next step and establish an additional factory.”

 
Image credit: Aller Aqua
The Zambian factory is a USD 10 million investment, with a capacity of 50,000 tons per annum. It is established as a joint venture with Oakfield Holdings Limited. Further, Aller Aqua has an off-take agreement with Yalelo Limited, which is one of the world’s largest producers of tilapia.

Yalelo plans growth of 50 percent per annum according to Bryan McCoy, CEO of Yalelo Limited.

The agreement secures Aller Aqua’s foothold in the market and creates a strong base for export to neighboring countries.

The company’s success in the markets boils down to having the right partners.

Niels Lundgaard, Commercial Director – Africa for the Aller Aqua Group explains, “It is crucial to find the right people for collaboration in any market. We have found these people, and this has given us the best possible starting point in the market. Locally, we have some very strong teams in place. The key is local knowledge, industry specific experience and a drive to take the projects further.”

The African market is predicted to grow significantly within the coming years. The UN forecasts a rise in population on the African continent to 2 billion by 2050. This will increase the demand for healthy and sustainably produced foods such as fish.

Enabling the local producers of tilapia and catfish to achieve a higher yield from their fish farms plays a key role in Aller Aqua’s strategy for the African market.

At the same time, the strategy supports the UN’s sustainable development goals by reducing poverty and hunger, increasing health and creating responsible consumption and production.

Aller Aqua provides local farmers with better prerequisites for achieving growth, through education as well as fish feed of a higher quality than they have traditionally been used to. This will facilitate faster growth for the fish, and the farmer can produce a finished fish in shorter time, enabling him to earn more from his products and in turn employ more people, benefitting the area in which he is based.

With a strategy which incorporates good local management, exchange of know-how, constant care and lots of training Aller Aqua has built a solid foundation for its business in Africa.

Furthermore, the company is also very active in Europe and Asia. In October Aller Aqua will inaugurate its sixth factory this time in Qingdao in China, putting another stone to the solid foundation of Aller Aqua’s growth around the world.

“After a long period of investments, we have doubled our capacity, and now we need to focus on sales and securing and maintaining our position. We are manning up everywhere, not least at the head office in Denmark, to support the international growth. We are busy but excited about the positive development in Aller Aqua. Together with our dedicated local teams we can take advantage of this potential,” Hans Erik Bylling, CEO of Aller Aqua Group states.


Visit the Aller Aqua website, HERE.

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25/09/2017: BBC award for protein that will feed the world

Insect protein pioneer wins broadcaster’s first international food and farming award 

AGRIPROTEIN has won fresh acclaim in the quest for a new source of protein to feed the planet’s burgeoning population.

The waste-to-nutrient pioneer was recently (20 September 2017) named the BBC Food Chain Global Champion for its flagship product which is helping secure the future of food while delivering significant environmental benefits.


Black soldier fly - an amazing insect
Image credit: AgriProtein
 An animal feed ingredient made from fly larvae reared on food waste, MagMeal™ is a protein substitute for fishmeal widely used in aquaculture, agriculture and petfood.

With world fish stocks under threat, MagMeal™ offers a natural, sustainable alternative that will never run out as long as humans produce waste.

Part of the prestigious BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017, the Food Chain Global Champion is a new category for this year - and the BBC’s first ever international food and farming award – recognising outstanding work that is challenging established methods and practices to secure the future.

BBC World Service Sr. Commissioning Editor Steve Titherington said, “The culture of food, the science, technology, politics and business associated with food are key concerns to our worldwide audience. Our Global Champion Award highlights both the challenges and fascinating successes being created by individuals around the world.”

New York based chef, restaurateur and author Pierre Thiam said, "Insects are the protein of the future, so it's great to see AgriProtein already doing it for animal feed. Raising flies on food waste is just brilliant, because nothing need go to waste anymore. This so-called waste is feeding the animals that will feed the world."

Mr Thiam was part of an independent panel of award judges, chaired by food writer Madhur Jaffrey, that included Polly Russell (Curator at the British Library), Mark Rosegrant (director of the environment and production technology division at the International Food Policy Research Institute) and Shashi Sareen (food safety expert, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations).

AgriProtein co-founder and CEO Jason Drew said, “Insect protein is an idea whose time has come and we are now producing it at an industrial scale. This award is a vote of confidence in the waste-to-nutrient industry.”

He continued, “Trawling for fishmeal is one of the most destructive activities on the planet. Replacing it in animal feed is good news for the environment and means more of the world’s dwindling population of wild fish can be harvested sustainably for human consumption. By using existing waste to rear fly larvae, we’re reducing the greenhouse gases and pollution caused by organic landfill.”

New EU regulations permit the use of insect-based nutrients in aquafeed since 1 July 2017, while other geographies already permit its wider use in agriculture and petfood.

AgriProtein, which recently announced the move to a London HQ, has fly farm projects under development in several countries to produce MagMeal™ for the $100 billion aquafeed market and ultimately for poultry, pigs and petfood.

Using a factory roll-out model developed with global engineering firm Christof Industries, the company is able to deliver fly farms on a turnkey basis anywhere in the world at the rate of up to 25 factories per year.

Earlier this year AgriProtein entered the Global Cleantech Top 100 and won a CleanEquity award for its environmental technology research presented by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Last year its industrially-scalable solution to the depletion of fish stocks in the Indian Ocean won the Australian government’s Blue Economy Challenge 2016.

A Food Chain programme about MagMeal™ airs on BBC World Service on Thursday 21st September and there’s a two-part special about the Awards on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme on Sunday 24th September at 11.32 GMT and Monday 25th September at 14.30 GMT.


Visit the AgriProtein website, HERE.

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25/09/2017: Improving white shrimp productivity on a Mexican farm

by Dr Ron Cravens, Amlan

Calibrin-Z has been proven to bind a broad spectrum of biotoxins, both mycotoxins and bacterial toxins

Prior published research using Calibrin-Z showed that alpha and NetB toxins from Clostridium perfringens, which causes necrotic enteritis in chickens, could be controlled in vitro and in vivo.
 

Then research reported at the World Aquaculture Society conference in 2015 showed that Calibrin-Z bound the two major toxins from Vibrio parahaemolyticus that cause Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) and ameliorated their effects on juvenile shrimp.

Testing in Arizona showed that feeding Calibrin-Z increased the survival rate of shrimp from five percent (Challenged Control) to 84 percent (Challenge + Calibrin-Z) during EMS challenge studies.

Therefore, a study was conducted to determine the value of adding Calibrin-Z to shrimp feed used on a commercial facility.

Research methods
Nine million juvenile shrimp in nine five-hectare ponds located in Sonora, Mexico were used in this study. The ponds were at high risk of having an outbreak of EMS during the trial period.

The shrimp in four of the ponds were fed Calibrin-Z (0.5% inclusion), and their results were compared to those of five ponds of shrimp that were fed a diet supplemented with a mixture that was felt to help control EMS.

The study was conducted from August to November 2016, typically the last shrimp production batch of the year for this area. The feed formulation (other than the additives that were being compared), immunisation programme, and management were the same between all the ponds.

The shrimp were fed multiple times per day and feed consumption of each pond was recorded weekly to calculate the feed conversion ratio at the end of the study. Mortality, weather conditions, and water quality were monitored for each pond.

No outbreak of Early Mortality Syndrome was observed during the study and survival rate was similar between the two treatments. Shrimp were harvested when they reached an average of 14g. Days on feed and shrimp weights were measured on the day of harvest.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Biomin company profile




BIOMIN are dedicated to finding innovative, trend-setting solutions that empower their customers to master existing and future challenges in animal nutrition– the natural way. The application of their scientific know-how and expertise, based on an in-depth understanding of their customer’s needs and concerns, enables them to deliver solutions that support animal health, optimise performance and production efficiency.

Research and development is one of the cornerstones of BIOMIN. Their strong in-house research and development, and global cooperation with leading institutions and organisations form the basis by which innovative solutions are developed for their customers.

Through joint projects with renowned universities and research institutes, BIOMIN is constantly in touch with the latest scientific know-how, from which novel feed additives are developed and produced. Their global network of collaborating institutions has grown to over 100.

One of the cornerstones of BIOMIN’s success is the ongoing improvement of their inhouse quality standards. In 1997, BIOMIN introduced the international ISO 9001 standard. The HACCP system, introduced subsequently at BIOMIN’s production sites, provides the quality assurance our customers seek from them. In addition, the feed quality standards QS and GMP+ guarantee the utmost degree of control and quality for their products – from raw material inputs right through to the final product.

Concerns over climate change and the role of greenhouse gases continue to rise. In September 2011, BIOMIN was internationally recognised through the award of ISO 14040 ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ certification. By optimising feed use and improving animal performance, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations.
Through innovative production technologies and advanced, scientific know-how, BIOMIN has pioneered several trend-setting solutions for a range of animal nutrition products, all of which utilise fully natural processes and ingredients.

An in-depth understanding of what the customer’s needs and concerns are has enabled BIOMIN to create and deliver solutions in-line with performance and efficiency goals.


Visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

22/09/2017: Aquaculture Vietnam updates

Image courtesy of UBM newsletter. 
Vietnam targets sustainable aquaculture. 

According to the report of the Directorate of Fisheries  (MARD), the total aquaculture and fishery production reached 4,007 million tonnes in July, which is an increase of 4.4% compared to last year. In which, aquaculture output was 2,057 million tonnes, an increase of 4.1%. 

Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 - reaching out to fish and shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta
Ms Rungphech Chitanuwat, Group Director of UBM Asia, ASEAN Business commented, "UBM recognises that the aquaculture sector plays an important role in the economy of Vietnam and still has great potential to grow further. Through Aquaculture Vietnam 2017, UBM is committed to driving innovation, boosting competitiveness and promoting best practices for sustainable farming in Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta. 

Hosted by Directory of Fisheries (MARD), this event will be held from October 25, 27, 2017 at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Centre (EFC). Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 provides a must attend B2B platform to showcase the latest innovations and technologies, look for new suppliers, partners and business opportunities and keep up to date with industry news and trends. 

100+ Exhibitors. 
4,000+ Trade Visitors. 
20+ Countries. 

Highlights of the programme

  • International Aquaculture Conference
  • Mekong Chef Competition 
  • Bus-in Programme
Visit Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 and network with thousands of industry professionals. 


Visit the website for the event here

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22/09/2017: Pre-register for Taiwan Fisheries and Seafood Show for free 5* accommodation!

Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show is targeting exclusively international visitors. They aim to connect top-tier or high volume buyers and exhibiting companies.

The benefits of hosted buyer programme

  • Complimentary accommodation at 5 star hotel in Kaohsiung
  • Complimentary Kaohsiung airport pick-up service and transfer from hotel to exhibition venue
  • Personalised meetings with exhibitors of your choice
  • Smooth entry via VIP registration and free access to VIP lounge inside the venue
Qualifying Criteria
  • Annual turnover of more than US$300,000
  • Seniors and top level management, key decision makers, managers
  • Qualified buyers must attend the event and hold a minimum of 3 verified business meetings to receive reimbursement
How to apply? 
Fill out the application online, here

Deadline to apply, September 30, 2017. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with the best in the industry and networking with peers! 

Contact yvonne_yu@myexhibition.com.tw if you have any questions about this programme. 


Find out more here

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22/09/2017: Introduction to Marine Flex environmentally mooring system

Marine Flex Ltd and N-Viro Ltd, will be displaying at the NZ Aquaculture Conference next week in Nelson. 

The link here is to a 60 second video they produced very recently as an introduction to their latest innovation. 

Key features: 

  • These can be configured from simple strand units for small vessels/moorings to very complex multi strand units as per the attached photo for large vessels/marine farms/marinas/jetties etc. 
  • When you view the video you will see the upright nature of the marine flex in the water column - this attribute leads to a major space saving in high density mooring areas. 
  • Also you will see a great shot of the marine flex attached to a screw system anchor - this highlights the absolute non-contact with the ocean flood hence the tag 'Environmentally friendly Mooring System'. 
  • The other key shot is the chain coming out of the sediment - highlighting the degradation of the sea floor when using chain for anchoring/mooring systems.


To find out more visit their website here. 


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