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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22/09/2017: Troutex and Riverence form a strategic alliance

The Riverence team - Image courtesy of Riverence 
Danish trout egg producer, Troutex, and USA egg producer, Riverence, have agreed to a strategic alliance. The news was announced at the United States Trout Farmers Association Trade Show, held in Twin Falls, Idaho USA, on September 21st to 23rd.

 The companies were drawn to one another because of their mutual, generational heritage in farming and agriculture. Troutex was founded by a fourth-generation trout breeder / farmer, bringing a long history of hands-on experience and methodology to the table. Similarly, Riverence was co-founded by a fourth-generation cattle breeder / rancher, who offers unique perspective and mature breeding principles from the cattle industry.

 The two companies, which have been working together for many years, see undeniable synergies in several areas, including:

 Breeding:
 A joint approach to breeding will prove extremely beneficial for both companies. Riverence has shown remarkable results in its breeding program in a very short amount of time, due to its highly experienced team of fish experts. Troutex has developed its own breeding program based on known methods from the mink and poultry industry, in cooperation with an expert in genetics.

 Hans Jørn Holm, Director of Troutex adds: “We see that Riverence has mastered the difficult discipline of applying science to real life. At Troutex, we have been actively working with our own well-proven breeding program with great success. American R&D programs and methodologies are very different from the European approach. With knowledge from multiple continents, both companies strengthen our focus on improving the performance and hardiness of our strains.”

 Quality, customer service and supply chain dependability:
 With multiple sites in the USA, Northern Ireland and Denmark, both biosecurity and supply chain dependability are increased. Troutex and Riverence share a commitment to egg consistency and quality assurance, with a deep focus on customer service. The companies’ diverse selection of species and strains will make it possible to reach even more customers with the right eggs.

 Product range and markets:
 In trials, Riverence strains have performed significantly better on both survival and growth, when compared to other strains in the U.S. market today. Additionally, Riverence has the ability to breed to a farmer’s specific needs, contributing high pedigree Pacific Steelhead, Pacific Coho Salmon, Golden Rainbow Trout, and fresh water-proven Atlantic Salmon eggs.

 Troutex provides multiple fast growing Rainbow Trout strains, from small portion size to late maturing, large Steelhead strains. The strains have been selected over a period of more than three decades. Troutex sells eggs to more than 30 countries worldwide, opening doors for the alliance.

 Together, as multi-generational farmers and ranchers, Troutex and Riverence look forward to working with and supporting customers around the world.

Visit the Reverence website here

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22/09/2017: AE2017 - "Cooperation for growth"

 The AE2017 event to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from October 17-20 is proving to her very popular. More than 700 abstract have been received for the 350 oral slots available in the scientific programme. All trade show booths have been sold and additional space has been created to house additional stands and posters. Participation is expected to be more than 1000. 

 Cooperation for growth
 One of the factors that may contribute to the lack of growth in the aquaculture sector is the lack of cooperation between operators in the sector. This may be regarding production (breeding programmes, feed resources, benchmarking technical performance...), promotion and market intelligence or training and knowledge management, including open access publications. 

 Turning policy into growth can be achieved through diminishing competitive forces through common actions using regional cooperation, task forces, public/private partnerships and other initiatives that help to reduce conflicts. AE2017 will address these aspects through the thematic sessions of AE2017 – and these will be further explored through the parallel and poster sessions of the conference and in the international trade show and Industry Forums.

 Conference plenary sessions

  • "Is substitution compromising our omega 3 (DHA) position?” - Professor Michael A Crawford, PhD, FRSB, FRCPath, Imperial College, London. As we look to replace more and more fish meal and fish oil (for sustainability requirements) and replace them with terrestrial plants, the DHA content of farmed fish had also declined. Furthermore, arable land use has reached its limit and in many places the available area is in decline. Meeting the nutritional needs for population growth will require prioritising arable land for high yielding crops for human consumption and not to feed fish, hence the development of marine agriculture is a must.
  • “Large scale RTD facility to take tuna farming forward” - Fernando de la Gándara, Researcher at the IEO (Spanish Institute of Oceanography) and Director of the Murcia Oceanographic Center. The Atlantic Bluefin tuna is an emblematic species that has fed Mediterranean human populations for centuries. Over the last two decades, its wild stocks have been severely overfished, with high quota limits leading to consequent reduction of the production. In order to satisfy high market demand, it is essential to increase bluefin tuna production coming from sustainable aquaculture where the whole biological life cycle is managed. The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) has recently built a land-based large-scale facility (ICRA) for the control of the reproduction of this species, capable of hosting big size breeders. This facility is near the already existing IEO Aquaculture facility in Mazzaron, (Murcia, SE Spain), devoted to the research on Atlantic Bluefin tuna larval rearing and juvenile production.
  • “Gene editing. A game changer for aquaculture?” - Anna Wargelius, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen. Gene editing has been hailed as a ‘major breakthrough’ in human medicine, with its ‘pros and cons’ widely published in scientific and general press. But what are the uses of gene editing in plant science and how have these benefited production of food crops? What is the potential for aquaculture and what are the main lines of work that are being researched at present? The term ‘biotechnology’ is often intrinsically linked to ‘ethics’ and this “duo” plenary will also present the ethical considerations that we must consider as we assess if and how best to adopt this as a potential game-changer for aquaculture.
 Industry Forums and special sessions 

 Wednesday 18. Industry Forum: A stable supply of robust native oyster juveniles – identification and prioritisation of gaps and challenges.
 This Industry Forum, organised by the EAS Thematic Group on Flat Oysters, will bring together scientists and producers to address some of the principal bottlenecks and husbandry issues that are limiting the potential to bring back this native European species, so highly prized by connoisseurs and consumers. It will provide a forum for knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices. Target audience: scientists and flat oyster producers from across Europe.

 Thursday 19. Special session: Blue Fin Tuna: Cooperation for Growth
 This special session will look at the evolution of tuna farming in the Adriatic and Mediterranean as it moves from fattening to farming. The morning session will present the latest scientific findings addressing breeding, larval rearing, nutrition and health and the afternoon session will bring together a panel of tuna experts to look forward and to work together. Target audience: scientists and especially all tuna farms in Adriatic and Med.

 Friday 20. Cooperation in Mediterranean Aquaculture: A Croatian Perspective
 This special AE2017 Industry Forum will discuss why aquaculture in the Mediterranean has not progressed significantly over recent years and look into some of the issues that are inhibiting growth through two recently funded Horizon 2020 projects, Performfish and MEDAid. It will debate the main outcomes and tangible results in several areas, including nutrition, health, welfare, breeding and market.

 Student Workshop 
 Organised by the EAS Student Group and followed by a student reception, the AE2017 Student Workshop is called “A scientist, a producer and a student walk into a bar". The workshop aims to help students of all levels to understand what their possible next step is within the Aquaculture sector and how to prepare for it.

 Other events

 Tuesday 17th (pre-AE2017) EAS Thematic Group EPFC - New skillsets in Percid Fish Culture.
 Bringing together all those with an interest in the culture of pike-perch, perch and other species of the family percidae for human consumption, stocking and conservation. The workshop title is: "New skillsets in Percid Fish Culture" and will pertain to the latest achievements in skills and competencies required for successful percid fish culture. The workshop starts at 12.00 and closes at 18.00 in time to attend the opening ceremony of Aquaculture Europe 2017. More at http://epfc.net/

 Wednesday 18. COLUMBUS Brokerage Event
 The ongoing Horizon 2020 initiative COLUMBUS is pioneering a new technique to better understand how to optimise the use of knowledge derived from research. Through a process of identification of Knowledge Outputs (KOs), it is developing transfer pathways to facilitate each step of the process to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and assist and support researchers to bring this knowledge to market.
 This session will introduce this new technique and present several aquaculture case studies that are currently going through the process. The presence of COLUMBUS partners in the AE 2017 COLUMBUS Stand and transfer experts during the rest of the AE2017 event will allow scientists that have potential products in their Knowledge Outputs to look further into the transfer pathway and receive advice and accompaniment to pursue their ideas.

 Croatia and Dubrovnik 
 Most people think of Croatian aquaculture being based on sea bass and sea bream. With its long and beautiful coastline, this is indeed true and these species make up about two thirds of the total marine production of 12,000 tonnes in 2015. But more than 2,500 tonnes of Atlantic bluefin tuna, small volumes of dentex, meagre and turbot and 800 tonnes of shellfish (Mediterranean mussels and European flat oysters) were also produced last year. The freshwater farming segment primarily produces common carp and rainbow trout, representing over 50% and about 30%, respectively, of the total fresh water production of 4,800 tonnes. Small volumes of silver carp, bighead carp, catfish, tench, pike, and zander are also farmed.

 The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik needs no introduction to tourists or to Game of Thrones fans! Its history as a trade centre in the Adriatic and as a model of wealth and skilled diplomacy means that it is an ideal location for our Aquaculture Europe event—and for the theme of AE2017. The event will be held at the fantastic VALAMAR resort, with three hotels and associated meeting rooms providing an excellent working and social environment. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Croatia next month!

Online registration, click here. 

To find out more click here

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22/09/2017: 'Walk the Italian Way' - Ocrim's group tour of Siena, Tuscany in Italy

A week is a long time in the milling industry. This time last week some 200 delegates were arriving in Tuscany from all around the world to attend Ocrim's 7th annual 'Wheat, Flour and ...'. This is a unique one-day conference that looks at the latest innovations from the company and links those developments to the industry either in Italy or to its markets abroad, and has become a must-attend event for customers and others. 
Last year the 6th 'Wheat, Flour and ...' was co-located between Cremona and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia during the IAOM's first exhibition into the continent of Africa. 
This company is engaging globally with millers and attracting them to 'walk the Italian way' by visiting Italy to understand it's uniqueness not only industrially but also culturally. To promote its global family even more, the company has launched a 'hotel' called HO (for Hotel Ocrim), a company guest house where any customer visiting Italy can stop off for refreshment, carry out administration work and relax in the city of Cremona. This was just one of the innovations announced last weekend in Cortona in Tuscany where this year's event was hosted. 
Photo: Gerald Richardson
 
Following the conference, delegates were invited on a walking tour of Siena, one of Italy's most visited medieval cities before having lunch in a quiet back street of the city.





Read more HERE.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jefo Company Profile

From the Jefo website. 

At Jefo, we believe in innovation and teamwork. Our commitment to our profession allows us to offer quality products and services to our customers, while creating a relationship of trust.

Team
At Jefo, teamwork is based on communication in order to capitalise on individual skills and collective efforts to achieve our goals.

Commitment
Active involvement and a sense of responsibility are reflected in the commitment and passion of our team of professionals.

Innovation
The creativity and critical thinking of our technical team enables us to develop new solutions, which are validated in research stations and field conditions to continuously improve animal performance.

Client
The satisfaction and trust of our customers are our foremost priorities. Actively listening to their needs solidifies our partnership.

Quality
Jefo employs a controlled system, supported by internationally recognised certifications. Our on-going improvements allow us to deliver superior quality products and services.

Visit the Jefo website here. 

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21/09/2017: Nutriad appoints Business Development Manager

Ms Karen de Ridder - Image courtesy of Nutriad
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Ms. Karen de Ridder as Business Development Manager Preservation & Functional Ingredients. 

 Around the world, the Belgium headquartered company continues to invest in their technical and commercial organisation. The hiring of talent and experience is aimed to support Nutriad’s growth ambitions in health and nutrition solutions for livestock and aquaculture producers.

 Karen de Ridder graduated a Bio-Engineer from the University of Ghent and brings with her several years of experience within the feed additives industry. Stated Ms. De Ridder: “I am excited to join Nutriad as it provides a hands-on environment where people work closely together in an international setting. Nutriad has developed an interesting portfolio over the years and I am looking forward to supporting the further development of the company.”

 Concluded Nutriad CEO Erik Visser: “The choice of raw materials, and especially their chemical and microbiological quality, is essential for the successful production of safe and high quality feed. The Nutriad anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial portfolio helps protect sensitive raw materials and essential nutrients from autoxidation or (re)contamination with pathogenic bacteria. To further support our customers across the world we continue to invest in the development of new concepts and in-market technical support. This appointment follows from that strategy.”

 Nutriad delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by four application laboratories and five manufacturing facilities on three continents. 

Visit the Nutriad website here. 

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21/09/2017: Invitation to provide input on the draft Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism of IFFO RS

 In order to allow recognition of other standards and become aligned with current internationally recognised Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) guidelines, IFFO RS Ltd. has proposed to review and refine the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism to support organisations through a structured improvement process. 

 The full draft is ready for public consultation via the IFFO website for a period of 30 days beginning September 19, 2017.

 To continue with the development of the programme, IFFO RS Ltd. has produced a draft of the full acceptance procedures that consists of requirements, assessment methodology, potential outcomes and other relevant measures. A public consultation feedback submission form (excel format) has been produced in order to provide a user friendly way for stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the development. The purpose of this public consultation is to obtain input from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed mechanism and to inform about the continuing development of the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme. 

 Much of the development of the acceptance mechanism is to bring the improvers programme in line with accepted FIP guidelines and allow recognition of other standards. It is hope that this mechanism will promote the path towards responsible supply of marine ingredients and provide clear and useful guidance to those who do not currently meet the requirements and wish to become certified in the future with the IFFO RS. 

 Francisco Aldon, Head of Operations at IFFO RS explains, "IFFO RS's main objective is to improve the global responsibility of sourcing and production of marine ingredients, and to help with this cause, IFFO RS is strengthening its IFFO RS IP fishery procedures to allow recognition by internationally well-known guidelines and standards. We therefore, welcome and encourage any comments or feedback regarding the revised IP Fishery Acceptance procedures, which are the first steps towards positive developments to drive responsible behaviour leading the path to sustainability for the future." 

To find out more information about the IFFO RS Improvers Programme please visit our website where you will also find the public consultation feedback submission form.

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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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