Thursday, August 17, 2017

17/08/2017: Industry leaders gather to shape future protein strategies: Bridge2Food

Global food industry leaders will gather in France at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 to shape and create new protein strategies for the future, the event runs from 26th – 28th September, 2017

This is the largest global protein platform which brings together industry and public policy leaders from the whole value chain to discuss, co-operate, build and shape future protein strategies.
 

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400+ experts from Food, Feed and Pet food; Protein ingredients, Technology & Research industries will join a unique 5-in-1 Summit featuring:

i) Protein 2030 Summit – Shaping a Protein Agenda for Europe
ii) Plant Based Foods Summit – Building a European Based Foods Network
iii) High Protein Food Summit – Future Growth of High Protein
iv) Protein Ingredients Summit – New Innovations for Future Protein Supply
v) Protein Processing Summit – Scaling up New Protein Technologies

Concern over future food and nutritional security related to protein supply & demand is rapidly rising on the global and European agenda of governments, industries, and agricultural value chains in view of stabilizing crop yields and a rapidly increasing population.

How can we meet the future protein needs of nine billion people in a sustainable, healthy & environmentally friendly way?

How can the food industry tap into growing consumer appetites new foods, tastes & plant-based foods?

What is the actual potential for alternative proteins to move into the mainstream & gain scale to make a larger commercial impact?

All this and more will be explored during the five Summits:

The Protein Challenge 2040
Simon Billing, Principal Sustainability Advisor for Forum of The Future will present the benefits of cross value chain co-operation as part of the Protein 2030 Summit. Protein is an essential part of human and animal diets, but the ways we produce and consume it are unsustainable.
 
The Protein Challenge 2040
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The Protein Challenge 2040 is the first global coalition with key players from the animal, plant and novel protein industries, exploring how we can feed nine billion people enough protein in a way that is affordable, healthy and good for the planet.

By 2020, the Protein Challenge aims to have:
• Raised the profile of protein as an integral and important part of a sustainable food system;
• Changed the conversation around protein: from ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sources towards a better balance of sustainable protein;
• Catalysed action, influenced relevant policy and increased investment in sustainable solutions.

The Protein Challenge is currently focussed on three innovation areas for immediate action: scaling up sustainable animal feed innovation to meet demand for animal protein; increasing the proportion of plant-based protein consumption with consumers; closing the protein nutrient loop.

I) The Protein 2030 Summit
Will be shaping a Future Protein Agenda for Europe. Is there is a need for a Protein Agenda in Europe? If so, what are the key elements and how can industry and government across the national borders work together?

Some key themes will be:
• Consumer Global Supply & Demand of Proteins & Protein Foods – Agritel, France
• European Soy: Bridging Sustainable Protein Demand with Supply - Donau Soja, Austria
• French Protein Ingredient Strategy – Protein France
• The Plant-Protein Growing & Greening Strategy in Germany, Federal Office for Agriculture & Food

II) Plant-Based Foods Summit

Growing more plant protein in Europe is very important from a sustainability, climate and self-sufficiency point of view. The demand for plant protein ingredients is increasing and there are many economic opportunities. Governments and industry are working together to increase the shift from animal-based to plant-protein diets.

Some key themes will be:
• The European Market for Meat-Free and Dairy-Free Foods – Tivall Europe at Nestle
• The Global Context: Building the Meat-Free Category – Quorn Foods (UK)
• The US plant-based investment opportunity
• Plant-Based Foods as a category: Is there a future?

III) High Protein Foods Summit
The ambition is to create new consumer insights, understanding the benefits and communicating them to the consumers and establish some key points where industry can work together to grow the overall market.

IV) Protein Ingredients Summit

On New ingredients, raw materials and combinations targeting the food and petfood industry, as well as the ingredient and processing industries and create a platform for discussion on the role of new protein ingredients for a better and more sustainable food, pet food and feed world. New sources offer new opportunities, what are challenges and where can the value chain work more closely together? Led by Dr Stacy Pyett, Business Development Manager at Nizo and Dr. Anne Wagner, R&D Director, Tereos (France) will feature:

• Genesis of plant-protein specialities, from soy to new sources – EUVEPRO (Belgium)
• Strategies to tackle the protein challenge – ADM (France)
• The Future of Single Cell Proteins – Calysta, USA
• Mycoproteins: A new future? 3fbio
• Krill bio-mass innovations & challenges
• Round Table on Alfalfa – ARD (France)
• EU Horizon 2020 and research projects

Speakers from: ADM Chamtor, Euvepro, A-R-D, 3fBio, Valio, Calysta, Rembrandt Foods, Aker Biomarine, NIZO, VTT, Wageningen University

V) Protein Processing Summit
On New technologies and processing methods. The ambition is to open up new opportunities for novel technologies, which can bridge a major gap in science and create a better understanding on the future challenges from a sustainability, zero-waste and water perspective as well as creating a better taste and texture. Speakers from: ProAsh, Wageningen University, Improve, Keygene, and many others

For more information visit the Bridge2Food website, HERE.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

17/08/2017: XVI World Water Congress

by Alex Whitebrook, International Aquafeed

The XVI World Water Congress, May 29- June 3, 2017, is organised by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and hosted in Cancun, Mexico by CONAGUA – Mexico’s water authority

This conference is a primary marker on the road to next years World Water Forum held in Brazil and I am extremely excited to be involved. Though the focus of the event is purely on water security, quality and management, the implications for the aquaculture industry are monumental.

I spent the week attending a multitude of fascinating and informative sessions on anything and everything water related.
 


Opening Session
The World Water Congress opened with members from a high level panel of officials across the world and across the water sector. Patrick Levard, President of the IWRA, opened the event with a reminder of the critical role water holds in sustainable development, as enshrined in the 2015 adoption of the 6th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Water has vast implications on other sectors including health, education, climate change, food and energy, and these areas of focus would emerge again and again as the week progressed. Patrick went on to introduce the remaining members of the opening panel, whom included some of the most important water professionals in the region and across the world.

They included: Peña Nieto, President of CONAGUA; Rafael Alaman, Mexico’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources; Benedito Braga, World water council President; Mr Guihua Lu, Vice-Minister for Water Resources for the People’s Republic of China; H.E. Mr Diene Faye, State Secretary for Hydraulics, Senegal; Mr Haksoo Lee, President of the Asia Water Council; Mr Tony Slayter, Special Adviser on Water to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and, Mr Paulo Salles, Co-Chair of the eighth World Water Forum. Representatives of major International Non-government Organisations (NGOs), such as Karin Krchnak, Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Freshwater Program, were also in attendance.

Day one
Hitting the ground running on my first day at the conference, I met and learnt from so many water professionals. It was a difficult choice on which sessions to attend, with the Congress having the broad theme of ‘aligning science and policy’, and covering every niche of the water industry.

‘Water Security in a Changing World: Alternative Sources of Water’ marked the first of the regular sessions I attended, in which representatives from different institutions around the world presented the findings of their research in water.

Dr Yoram Eckstein provided the most interesting point of discussion in his presentation entitled “The future of Water”. Advocating for the use of wastewater treatment and desalination to tackle water shortages, he used Israel as the archetypal example of water-smart country enacting such policy – where 75 percent of all wastewater is recycled, drip irrigation in used on 60 percent of all agricultural activities, and desalination is used to supplement the rest of the country’s water demand.

Going beyond this efficient use of water, the remaining brine from the desalination process is evaporated so that the salt may be mined for other uses, and significantly reducing the waste product of the desalination process.

In recognising that the case of each country is different, Dr Eckstein noted that cost barriers effect the use of these methods in many countries, but that a similar kind of innovative spirit must be pursued, and bureaucratic limits to progress, such as costly licensing, must be withdrawn.

All-in-all the first day of the World Water Congress left me thirsty for more. Presentations such as Dr Eckstein’s prove that better water management will also be crucial for the future of aquaculture, as water becomes scarcer, and wastewater treatment will become exceedingly important.


Read the full show report, HERE



About the Author
Originally from Australia, Alex studied his Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia alongside a Diploma in Mandarin (Chinese). His professional experience lies primarily in international non-government organisations, think tanks, and publishing firms, where he has contributed his political expertise, language skills, and research and editing abilities to benefit the study of international food and water security. 
Alex has recently been writing for International Aquafeed magazine as well as curating two blog sites focused on Aquaculture and Agritech, on behalf of VNU.

Read more from Alex Whitebrook - HERE 


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Reed Mariculture company profile



Reed Mariculture is the world's largest producer of marine microalgae concentrates for larval fish, bivalves, crustaceans and other filter feeders.

Their Instant Algae® larviculture feeds are used by over 500 hatcheries, universities, and marine ornamental operations in more than 80 countries around the world.

They also produce and distribute pathogen and ciliate free rotifers,Parvocalanus copepods, and Otohime and TDO weaning feeds.


Reed Mariculture's Instant Algae products are closer to nature than any other feed on the market. They produce whole-cell, whole-food microalgae feeds and enrichments from marine algae using proprietary processes.


Their
 products provide fish, bivalve and shrimp hatcheries with clean, convenient, long shelf-life feeds that are superior choices to replace or supplement live microalgae.

Their feeds ensure stable and rapidly-reproducing rotifer populations with superior rich nutritional value.


Visit the website HERE.

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An interview with Ola Eriksen, CEO and organiser of AquaNor

An interview with Ola Eriksen, CEO and organiser of AquaNor and Nor-Fishing brings us up to date on this year's event and future plans for Trondheim, Norway





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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

16/08/2017: Gael Force secure prestigious order to supply Marine Harvest Scotland with feed barges

Gael Force Group, trusted Scottish manufacturer and supplier of aquaculture equipment, technology and services, has announced that they have secured a prestigious new order, to build and supply Marine Harvest Scotland with a series of SeaMate 400T concrete feed barges complete with state-of-the-art SeaFeed Offshore Feeding System

The deal marks a milestone moment for the Group, making it their largest ever single order and further endorses the company’s strong position as a leading Scottish manufacturer and supplier to the aquaculture industry.
 

Marine Harvest Barge
Image credit: Gael Force Group

In announcing the news, Gael Force Group MD Stewart Graham said, “ …..in the face of tough competition we are delighted to be favoured with this order from Marine Harvest. We are now building our 80th Feed Barge for the industry, and have been proud to supply all of the main Scottish Salmon producers including many previous barges for Marine Harvest. As a direct consequence of the success of Scottish Salmon we have created many new jobs this year and will continue to recruit on the back of this order. We are grateful to Marine Harvest for placing their order and their trust in Gael Force as a leading Scottish fish farming supplier…”.

He added, “ it can and should be recognised that when all of the stakeholders in our industry, including producers, planners and regulators, work together then we can grow together. It is essential that our regulators take an enabling and proportionate approach to supporting the development of the great Scottish success story that Salmon is. There are huge positive benefits to the wider rural economy and its communities and this order is a great example of that positive impact on the Highland economy. We trust that all necessary support will be given to support the further development of our industry in line with our strategy out to 2030”.

It is not the first time Gael Force has supplied Marine Harvest Scotland with 400T Feed Barges – among other barges previously supplied they took delivery of two 400T SeaMates at their Muck and Colonsay sites which have proven to be extremely effective, with excellent sea keeping characteristics in extreme weather conditions.

Constructed to house 400T nominal feed capacity in six silos, the SeaMate is designed to be sufficiently robust to withstand all reasonably anticipated load combinations and be durable to provide a long, low maintenance service life in the severe marine environment.

Additionally due to the design and construction of the SeaMate feed barges where the bulk of the silo capacity of the barge is below the waterline, this creates a very small visual footprint and high levels of noise suppression above and below the water due to the concrete structure whose walls are 300mm thick.

A number of energy saving initiatives are also being looked at, which include the use of LED lighting and trickle charging from small wind turbines. Feed delivery from the barges will come via Gael Force’s recently developed offshore feeding system, SeaFeed, a robust and reliable system which offers operators a simple and intuitive, but user configurable control software to accurately deliver feed in an energy efficient manner, with low noise output and reduced maintenance requirements.

Farm operator safety and prevention of water ingress are an integral part of SeaFeed’s selector design and there is an emphasis on ensuring the integrity of the barge, with a watertight “homing” position which the swan neck delivery pipe defaults to when not feeding, or when a pipe becomes detached.

SeaFeed’s user friendly software is simply and clearly presented, and offers accurate environmental and feed pattern logging, amongst other great features. The initial three barge order also has options for Marine Harvest to commission further barge construction with Gael Force and allows standardisation of the new site locations that are currently being proposed and developed by Marine Harvest.

The initial order will enable the creation of around 20 new jobs at the Group, adding to the 43 staff that have already joined the company this year, and a doubling of capacity at their Inverness based manufacturing facility which will also assist in accommodating an increased programme of barge builds over the coming two years that also has also included barge build capacity for other Scottish Salmon producers.

Gael Force also anticipates that a minimum of another twelve jobs will be created in the Group’s own supply chain and the wider rural Highland economy.

Gael Force Group are currently attending Aqua Nor; the aquaculture industry’s most prestigious exhibition in Trondheim, Norway, where visitors are being treated to a physical demonstrations of SeaFeed, in addition to their Pen Technology offerings, including SeaSight Underwater Cameras, SeaLight Underwater Lights and SeaGuard Seal Deterrents.


Visit the Gael Force Group website, HERE.

Visit the Marine Harvest Scotland website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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16/08/2017: Preserving the value of your feed – with MoldCid

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production is the prevention of post-harvest losses

The post-harvest system encompasses the delivery of a crop from the time and place of harvest to the time and place of consumption, ideally with minimum loss and maximum efficiency. Even under optimal growing and harvesting conditions, immediate post-harvest losses are common.
 
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Prevention is the recommended method to avoid nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from the time of harvest to the time when the material is finally used.

Using MoldCid for this purpose protects the animals and increases the efficiency of feed production, thereby also reducing feed costs. As a result, the profitability of animal production increases.

Highly effective against moulds
Due to its lipophilic character, the propionic acid-based MoldCid is especially effective against moulds, making it the product of choice for feed preservation. MoldCid is also active at a neutral pH, which more closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed. 


A valuable tool to show the efficacy of MoldCid is the carbon dioxide test. This test measures the volume of CO2 formed by microorganisms in grain. As moulds grow, they consume oxygen from the air and produce CO2.

The higher the amount of CO2, the higher the contamination with moulds in the substrate. As shown in figure 1, the application of MoldCid considerably decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that MoldCid reduces microbial activity and improves feed hygiene.

Health and cost-effectiveness: valid reasons to use MoldCid
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can be as high as 10 percent. Especially the crude fat content of grains is affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. 


 
Figure credit: Dr Eckel
Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent, necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy, for instance fat and oil, in the formulation. Preventing spoilage by the application of MoldCid will therefore save money and resources.

Apart from nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Many studies in the literature show the detrimental effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.

The sensitivity for these effects depends on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect). Preventing the build-up of Aflatoxins during storage by preserving the feeds with MoldCid will help to keep these dangers under control.

Protecting workers and equipment – without losing efficacy
The protection of staff and equipment is an important criterion when evaluating mould inhibitors. Companies often face the decision of investing in acid-resistant equipment or having to replace corroded parts regularly. 


 
Figure credit: Dr Eckel
Choosing the non-corrosive MoldCid, a unique blend of buffered propionic acid on a special carrier and propionic acid salts, solves this problem without losing efficacy. MoldCid has the added effect of avoiding chemical reactions between the acid and other ingredients in the feed.It guarantees a reliable and powerful preservation of grain and other raw materials - during harvest, in the feed mill and on the farm (Fig 2).

Application tips
The preservation success depends on a variety of factors. The dosage rate has to be adapted to the type of raw material, moisture content and storage time. MoldCid should be applied before the grain is milled. If the preserved grain is stored outside, it has to be covered, but not before at least three days have elapsed to avoid the formation of condensed water.

Regular sensory control is advisable to detect any spoilage in time. Often, not enough attention is given to the condition of the storerooms. One reason is the poor accessibility of the silos where the feed is stored. The hatch is usually at the top of the silo and routine hygiene inspections and manual cleaning procedures are difficult to perform. Cleaning hatches are also often not available.

Condensation can form on the walls inside of silos and lead to the formation of isolated nests of moulds that may spread through the complete feedstock. For optimal feed hygiene, it is therefore essential to address raw material preservation and silo hygiene at the same time.

The non-corrosive MoldCid is the ideal product to use for these purposes. No technical investments are necessary for application.

Conclusion
Grain preservation with MoldCid can make an important contribution to the improvement of feed hygiene, thereby furthering the production of healthy food. The reduction of mould-induced losses and the prevention of mycotoxin build-up helps to save raw materials, minimise costs, and increase the efficiency of food production.


Read more, HERE.

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