Sunday, April 22, 2018

23/04/2018: Petfood Extrusion and Treats Conference speaker profile - Spencer Lawson

21 June 2018,  Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Part of VIV Europe 2018)

Pet food and treats are growing rapidly all over the world due to the sharp rise in pet humanisation and with increasing disposable income.

According to one report, U.S. pet food market was valued at over USD 24.60 billion in 2016, is expected to reach above USD 30.01 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of slightly above 3.36% between 2017 and 2022, and global pet care market sale was reached US $110 billion in 2017 (Pet food Industry.com). Top 10 largest pet food global market are USA, Brazil. Japan, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada and Australia.

Focus on health and wellness is a major driver of pet treats using functional and other ingredients promising benefits, clean label movement, limited ingredients, safety concerns, natural pet food, grain free, high meat and novel protein.

Extrusion of pet food is an art and science which require knowledge about raw material, hardware and processing requirements. There are different options available to pet food companies to use either single or twin screw extruder with very special die design like, multi-color and multi-shape die.

In this half day conference speakers will talk about pet food and treat trends, extrusion of pet food and treats with single and twin screw extruder; advanced single screw extrusion for companion animal food, specialty, treats, and supplements; extruded pet food quality management; relations between technology and extruded pet food quality and pet food quality optimisation and palatability. 

Speaker Profile - Spencer Lawson, Wenger 
Spencer Lawson
Image credit: Wenger

Spencer Lawson received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006 from Kansas state University. After having worked in the feed and pelleting industry for 2 years, he has been employed with Wenger since 2008.

For the past four years he has been exclusively involved with the process technology for extrusion in livestock feed systems. Spencer actively speaks at university short courses and industry seminars as well as traveling globally in the extrusion industry.










We hope you can join us on June 21 at Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands



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23/04/2018: How inadequate cold storage systems constrain East Africa’s seafood market

by Shem Oirere, Journalist, East Africa

East Africa’s fisheries sector continues to grapple with the persistent challenge of inadequate, or a lack of cold storage facilities coupled with a troubled refrigerated transport industry whose woes resonate across the region’s food supply chain.


These inadequacies have contributed to the high post-harvest fish losses (PHFLs) whether in terms of physical damage, decline in quality or constrained market performance in a region that is also characterised by poor access roads, unstable electricity supply, inadequate landing sites and a weak policy enforcement culture.
 


The United Nations agency, ‘Food and Agriculture Organization’ (FAO) estimates that Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda incur PHFLs of between seven percent and 40 percent of their sardine fish and between five percent and 28 percent of fresh tilapia fish production in a year because of long and unreliable transport, lack or inadequate fish preservation facilities, use of crude equipment such as spears and hooks and also market forces that could be responding to situations such as oversupply of the fish.

The PHFLs could be much higher were researchers to overcome constraints in data collection, which the FAO says is “rather a challenge due to complexes in the industry” such as the many fish species in the tropics, varying fishing methods and equipment, many landing sites and deployment of different preservation and storage systems.

A previous sample survey by FAO among selected sub Saharan African countries estimated physical losses by sardine fish operators in Kenya at 7.5 percent while loss of quality of the same fish shot up to 18.7 percent or an equivalent of 3,600 tonnes every year. The survey indicated the country losses up to 28 percent of the quality of its fresh tilapia harvest annually.

For Tanzania, FAO found out the country’s fish operators suffer physical loss of up to 40 percent of their sardine fish harvest or an equivalent of up to 28,000 tonnes annually. Their losses in quality of the sardine catch goes up to 20 percent or an equivalent of 14000 tonnes every year.

A similar situation was observed in Uganda where physical losses in sardine fish goes up to 40 percent or 11,000 tonnes per a year and up to a five percent loss in quality of the same type of fish.

It would appear there is little public and private investment directed into solving the challenges that contribute to high PHFLs in East Africa despite the potential of aquaculture to turn around for the better the earnings of fish operators in the region and boost contribution of the sector to the respective countries’ gross domestic product (GDP).


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IDAH company profile



IDAH’s ultimate goal is to be world’s number one with customer satisfaction.
IDAH’s vision is to build on our solid traditional manufacturing roots and expand out to be a full-service solutions provider: offering value-added system designs and turnkey project consultation services.

Through this expansion, we hope to create an international platform where technology could be shared and integrated for the benefit of our customers.

By upholding the IDAH Spirit, the passionate team members of IDAH are committed to achieve this vision.

The IDAH Spirit
"Creativity, Honesty & Quality "

Creativity is what gave birth to IDAH in 1974 and consequently the birth of the feeds manufacturing industry in Asia.

Innovation through creativity is what has enabled us to be the industry driver from our inception until now. IDAH is committed and well positioned to lead the industry of tomorrow.


If creativity is the engine that has rapidly pushed IDAH forward; Honesty is what keeps us moving in the right direction.

IDAH has been firmly grounded on the virtues of quality, honour, and accountability. Our main business is to safeguard the trust that customers have given us and be a dedicated upholder of the highest quality standard.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

20/04/2018: Feeding systems for frys and fingerlings

by Fish Farm Feeder, Spain

Fish Farm Feeder (FFF), is a Spanish Company that specialises in manufacturing Aquaculture Feeding Systems, and supplying automatic feeders to the global market.

With headquarters based in the main aquaculture production region of Spain and an established international distributor network, FFF knows first-hand the threats and challenges aquaculture farmers face today, mainly related to feed externalities.
 

Hatchery Central Feeder
FFF developed the first central feeder for hatcheries, a solution which aims to respond to the aquaculture sector’s needs by improving hatcheries’ success, through implementing automatic feeders with micro diets between 150- 500 μm of grain size. Hatchery feeders manage, monitor and control the feeding process based on different parameters (dissolved oxygen, temperature, etc.) and operate with high precision instead of the current artisanal and manual feeding process used for fingerlings. The hatchery feeder is supported by fully programmable software with learning ability from species-specific feeding regimens generating a continuous improvement of feeding protocols.

The system is provided with the ability to make decisions based on both the interpretation of insitu rearing parameters and accumulated experience. The hatchery feeder helps reduce direct feed costs, while diversifying the farmed species due to their low profitability associated with their early feeding stages. Objectives Hatchery feeder covers the following

Objectives
1. To optimise fingerling stocks viability by reducing direct feed purchases;
2. To decrease a fish hatcheries’ production costs through automation reducing mortality and deformity rates;
3. To diversify fish farmed species due to precise parameter control and protocol optimisation for each individual species.

Operational workflow
FFF’s hatchery feeders ensure specific Pathogenic Free Standards (SPF) and have the capability to monitor and manage feeds between 150-500 μm of grain size as follows:

1. Feed storage. This is carried out in four silos/hoppers for different feed sizes (from 150 to 500 μm) and types;
2. Feed composition and frequency is calculated by the software based on the datalogged parameters (water temperature, dissolved oxygen and hopper capacity);
3. Feed dosage mixing and provision. Feed proper dosage based in software decision is prepared in the intermediate silo until matrix outlet assignation;
4. Matrix delivery positioning. This is the one of the most critical technical developments of Fish Farm Feeder’s technology. The system consists of a mobile distributor along a matrix of outlets, where each one corresponds to a specific rearing tank;
5. Blower transportation from the matrix through the 20 mm hose system fabricated in polyethylene to maintain pressures between two and four bar.


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Andritz company profile


ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors.

The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of almost 25,000 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.


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20/04/2018: Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018

The World Aquaculture Society is pleased to announce the realisation of the Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018 - LACQUA18 event, which will be developed together with the VIII Colombian Aquaculture Congress - VIII CCA at the Ágora Convention Center, Bogotá, from October 23 to 26, 2018.

These events are organised by the National University of Colombia, the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture FEDEACUA and the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society LACC / WAS.
 


On this occasion we will have the participation at the opening plenary of LACQUA18 of Dr. Alejandro Flores Nava, Senior Officer of Fisheries and Aquaculture for FAO and Dr. Sara Patricia Bonilla, Executive Director of the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture – FEDEACUA. 


Dr Flores
 
Dr Flores
Image credit: WAS
Dr. Flores is an Aquaculture Engineer from the Technological Institute of the Sea of Veracruz, Mexico with a Master's degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Administration from the Institute of Aquaculture of the University of Stirling in Scotland, where he also completed his PhD in Aquaculture Sciences. During his time in the academy, he generated more than 65 scientific articles and books and trained human resources, currently represented by independent researchers in various areas of knowledge that affect aquaculture. He worked as an international consultant in aquaculture, in the Program to Support the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (PRADEPESCA) of the European Union; He has also been an expert of the International Cooperation of Mexico in countries of Central America and Cuba.

He joined the United Nations Organisation for Food and Agriculture (FAO) in 2009, where he has been Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America, as well as FAO Representative in Argentina and Chile. He currently serves as Senior Officer of Fisheries and Aquaculture for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this work he has conducted processes such as the formulation of National Plans and Policies for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. In FAO, he has led regional processes such as the creation of the Aquaculture Network of the Americas and the Forum of Parliamentarians of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, mechanisms to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries; It has also conducted a regional program to strengthen the capacities of aquaculturists with limited resources, for their selfsustainability and inclusion in markets beyond their communities. 


 
Dr Sara Patricia Bonilla
Image credit: WAS
Dr. Sara Patricia Bonilla is a Business Administrator of the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, specialising in Innovation, Technological Development and Transfer of International Technologies in Germany and Master in International Relations at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Since 2004 his professional career has been developed in the area of aquaculture. She was Executive Vice President of Acuanal, a guild of shrimp producers in Colombia. She worked in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as National Technical Secretary of the Aquaculture Chain, while serving as advisor to the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture, FEDEACUA, a guild of which she is the Executive Director since 2012.

As Executive Director she leads the most important Quality Program in the Aquaculture sector in Colombia, which aims to implement Good Practices in Aquaculture that has had favorable results for the Colombian fish industry, reflected in the increase of Colombian exports, positioning the country as the second supplier of fresh tilapia fillet in the United States. Likewise, she leads the research group AQUASOST, recognised by Colciencias and a new formalisation challenge in small Colombian fish producers.

This year is auspicious for aquaculture activity in a new Colombia, which faces challenges where we know that aquaculture is one of the activities that is providing opportunities to weave peace networks, as well as to improve the quality of life and resilience of its population. Thus, we have proposed as the central axis, the Aquaculture For The Construction Of Peace Networks (Aquaculture for peace), where we hope to have the presence of communities and entities committed to aquaculture and peace who give testimony of reconciliation and progress in our region and in the world.

Is also important to highlight that in the last year Colombia has increased its exports of fresh tilapia fillet, becoming the second country in the world exporting fresh tilapia to the United States, standing out for its strengths in the guild field, where the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture has played an essential role in the growth of the sector, empowering fish farmers to produce in a sustainable and competitive way.

The continental fish culture is represented mainly by tilapia and trout, as well as by the native species cachama, yamú and bocachico; the aquaculture in Colombia has grown 6.00% in 2016 compared to the previous year and for the last decade 9.01%. During 2016, Colombia allocated 20% of the national production for the export market, with 7722 tons of fresh fillets exported. The fresh fillet concentrates 88% of exports to the United States and Canada. Fedeacua and the National Government support the increase of exportable products offer in order to catalog Colombia as the country that ships to the United States the most, among other products, fresh tilapia fillet. The Colombian production fulfills all international certifications such as ASC, Global Gap and BAP four stars.

 It should be noted that Bogota, proud host of these events, is the largest city in the country. Located on the South American Andes, being recognised as a strategic place on the continent, with one of the most important airports in the region, standing out as an international center of business and studies, and starting point to the main aquaculture freshwater and marine production sites.

According to the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau, Bogotá was admitted by the Best Cities Global Alliance network, of which high-level destinations are considered to host congresses and conventions worldwide; thus, the Colombian capital has joined Berlin, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Vancouver and Tokyo and becomes -the only representative of Latin America in this group. The New York Times highlighted Bogotá as the 2nd tourist destination in the world to visit.
 
ÁGORA International Convention Centre
Image credit: WAS
The ÁGORA International Convention Center is cataloged as the most modern in the country and one of the largest in the region. Thus, in ÁGORA there will be rooms for the presentation of research results (oral and poster), sessions for producers, mini-courses and trade fair, which will be composed of an exhibition area of 72 stands, for national and international providers that will present the latest advances in terms of equipment, supplies and services. There will also be the opportunity to participate in technical visits to fish companies of national recognition. After the success of the previous LACQUA congresses, held in Brazil, Peru and Mexico, we are sure that these events will attract the attention of the industry and the international scientific community.

Works will be received on various topics, among which are the most cultivated aquatic species in Colombia and in countries of the LACC area, with special focus on tilapia, trout, native South American fish and shrimp. Oral presentations, posters and abstracts may be made in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Submission of abstracts may be made until August 1, 2018 on the event page, HERE.

Information on how to participate as an assistant, commercial exhibitor and sponsor can be found, HERE.
 


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20/04/2018: Innovation at the heart of Victam Asia 2018

The exhibition and series of accompanying conferences were held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from March 27 – 29, 2018.

 The visitors were pleased at the number of exhibitors, the wide range of products on display, especially the newly launched products and also the high quality of the exhibition stands and the professionalism of the show staff. There were 228 exhibitors and co-exhibitors from 33 countries present.
 
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Likewise, the exhibitors were very satisfied with the visitors. Exhibitors were able to have serious discussions and negotiations with their clients and new potential clients that they had met at the show. The exhibitors also commented on the very high quality of the visitors and the wide range of countries from which they came.

In all there were, over three days, 6,987 visits from 67 countries. A high proportion of the visitors were from outside Thailand, in fact 45 percent. These figures clearly demonstrate that the event is Asia’s international showcase for the feed and grain industries.

The newly introduced business match-making program helped exhibitors and visitors get the most out of the exhibition. The program focused on high quality meetings and consisted of a combination of an online tool, which allowed exhibitors and visitors to plan their appointments very efficiently and a personal approach by our matchmaking consultants.

The conference delegates also confirmed the quality of the papers presented at the numerous conferences. The conferences had extensive programs which were well received.

The conferences were as follows

1. Aquafeed Horizons Asia 2018
2. FIAAP Animal Nutrition Conference 2018
3. Petfood Forum Asia 2018
4. Global Milling Conference with GRAPAS Asia 2018
5. GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance
6. World Feed Industry Perspectives Conference 2018

The different conference organisers stated that the delegate attendance was good and that the delegates have appreciated the quality of both the speakers and their papers. Several exhibitors, like DSM, KSE, Buhler, Amandus Kahl and IDAH presented technical seminars during the three show days.

Victam International, the event organisers, also arranged the World Feed Industry Perspectives Conference. Speakers from IFIF (Ms. Alexandra de Athayde), Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG (Dr. Bernhard Eckel), the Thai Feed Mill Association (Mr. Boontham Aramsiriwat), the Vietnam Feed Association (Mr. La Van Kinh) and Feed Latina (Mr. Marcio Ceccantini) and the Department of Livestock (Mr. Kitti Koobkaew) addressed the audience of senior international executives from the international animal feed industries.

During the Network Reception the winners of the coveted GRAPAS Innovation Awards were announced. There were three winners: the Geelen Counterflow Electrical Dryer, Henry Simon’ Rollermill of Satake and the Atta Process with PesaMill from Bühler.

The VICTAM newsroom reported semi-live from the show floor to allow those that couldn’t attend to still be part of the action. Speakers, visitors and exhibitors were interviewed about their expertise and the news crew made running reports about the event. Check out our YouTube channel, Victam International, for all the reports.

Upcoming events
The next event organised by Victam International BV is VICTAM International 2019 from June 12 – 14, 2019 in Cologne, Germany.

For more information on Victam events visit the website, HERE.

The next VICTAM Asia event will be from 24 - 26 March 2020.



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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

19/04/2018: Get ready for Livestock Asia 2018

From April 19-21, the community of ASEAN’s feed, livestock, aquaculture, meat and allied industry professionals will gather once again at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Livestock Asia 2018 Expo and Forum 
 


Livestock Asia 2018 and its co-located event, Asia MEATEC 2018 and Aquaculture Asia 2018 will showcase the latest technologies and equipment for feed, farming, animal health, processing and many more sectors, thus opening huge trade opportunities for distributors, feed millers, farmers, veterinary drug manufacturers and other stakeholders.

Pre-Register Now for Fast Track Entrance and receive: 
• Free show catalogue
• Free international forum and seminars
• Free access to the business matching service


For more information visit the Livestock Asia website, HERE.

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19/04/2018: EFFPA & FEFAC welcome commission guidelines on feed use of former foodstuffs

Commission clarifications and guidance help to facilitate public and private understanding of the EU legal framework for the conversion of former foodstuffs into feed

The European Commission published its Guidelines for the feed use of food no longer intended for human consumption on 17 April 2018, as the next key deliverable of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan on food waste.
 

EFFPA and FEFAC highly appreciate the efforts that have been made by the European Commission in cooperation with the national competent authorities to develop a practical guidance document that increases the legal certainty for the former foodstuff processing sector while preserving the integrity and safety of the EU food and feed chain.

EFFPA, representing former foodstuff processors, considers the publication as additional support for the sector as a legitimate and professional solution to reduce food waste.

EFFPA President Paul Featherstone said, “This publication is a key milestone for the business practice of former foodstuff processing. It now makes it clear that when foodstuffs are unsuitable for human consumption, because of expiry dates or when they have fallen off the manufacturing line for example, this does not automatically mean they are unsuitable for animal feed use”.

FEFAC, representing European compound feed manufacturers and the main customer of former foodstuff processors, sees value in the publication of the Guidelines in the light of feed safety management and traceability.

FEFAC President Nick Major said, “We welcome the Guidelines which highlights the responsibilities of the different operators in this particular part of the feed value chain. It confirms that the feed quality and safety of former foodstuffs need to be verified before entering the feed chain”.

EFFPA and FEFAC believe the Guidelines will increase the understanding and recognition of former foodstuff processing under controlled conditions as a valuable part of the circular economy in Europe and encourage the use of food no longer suitable for human consumption in feed to reduce food waste.


Visit the EFFPA website, HERE.

Visit the FEFAC website, HERE.

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19/04/2018: Offshore Mariculture Asia 2018 programme announced

Actions for investment and financing opportunities together with the day to day practicalities of running an offshore business

Offshore Mariculture Asia, to be held in Singapore, 15-17 May, has announced the launch of its 2018 programme. The conference will be opened by Conference chairman, Alessandro Lovatelli, Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); followed by Lukas Manomaitis, USSEC Aquaculture Program Technical Contractor and Southeast Asian Technical Director. Guillaume Drillet, President of the World Aquaculture Society Asian Pacific Chapter and Bjorn Myrseth, President, European Aquaculture Society who will deliver keynote addresses.
 


‘Netting the right offshore technology’ and ‘Zoning, licensing and security for offshore operations’, are just two of the topics on offer giving attendees detailed insight into moving from nearshore to offshore, production chain and how to choose the right investments, and an unprecedented insight into the industry.

Day two of the conference will focus on efficiency, covering everything from marketing of the product, to identifying and targeting species for investment. The conference will also look at how to secure financial support for offshore projects and joint venture approaches, including investment case studies with real life examples for delegates.

Delegates from Norway, Vietnam, The Philippines, Jamaica, Turkey and Mexico will be in attendance, providing international networking opportunities and the chance for local stakeholders interested in moving to cage quality finfish production to meet with international experts, equipment suppliers and investors. The final day of the conference will offer delegates a technical visit to an established functioning fish farm and hatchery, followed by a question and answer session with the farm managers.

Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling, Events Director, Mercator Media, organiser of the conference, added, “Our programme highlights the high calibre speakers and critical topics that will be covered at Offshore Mariculture Asia 2018. We look forward to welcoming all those attending between the 15-17 May 2018”.

View the full programme, HERE.

Visit the Offshore Mariculture Asia website, HERE.



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19/04/2018: BioMar uses BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering methodology on their raw material portfolio

Sustainability is an integral part of BASF’s corporate strategy. A tangible example of how BASF carries out its company purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” is the Sustainable Solution Steering method.  

This method has been developed by BASF to assess and steer its product portfolio based on defined sustainability criteria. It considers the entire value chain and markets including industry- and region-specific views. The approach reflects economic, ecological and social aspects of the products and solutions in their respective application. The company is now publishing the detailed method to enable customers and other interested parties to apply it to their businesses and to steer their portfolio according to their sustainability targets.

BioMar applies Sustainable Solution Steering to its business
Since BASF cooperates with its customers and partners in creating and driving more sustainable solutions, first customers are already using the Sustainable Solution Steering method to analyze and steer their portfolios. BioMar, a leading supplier of high-performance aquaculture feed for farms around the world, applies BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering methodology to its raw material and ingredient supply side.

“BioMar strives to be the sustainability leader in the industry and this method supports us with a comprehensive and systematic tool that grants transparency and documentation from raw material to end-product application,” explained Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director BioMar.

Sustainable Solution Steering supports BioMar’s sustainability targets: It helps to foster the use of more sustainable raw materials in feed recipes, thereby promoting more sustainably produced aquaculture and seafood.

Originally developed by BASF for its own use as a chemical company, the methodology was adapted for the aquaculture feed industry by thinkstep, a consulting company. “Thinkstep has been supporting companies in all industries to customise and implement this approach – using a combination of consultancy, sustainability data and software tools,” said Martijn Gipmans, Principal Consultant and chemical sector lead at thinkstep. “Clients value BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering method because it systematically reveals risks and opportunities along the entire value chain and enables the strategic steering of a product portfolio towards greater sustainability and revenue growth.”

BASF has applied the method to analyse, assess and steer its portfolio since 2012. “Our experience with Sustainable Solution Steering shows that it is a very effective tool to actively improve our portfolio towards solutions which make a larger contribution to sustainability,” said Dirk Voeste, Head of Sustainability Strategy. “The method helps us achieve ambitious sustainability targets which we have set ourselves and supports our customers with unique sustainability solutions.”

The manual including the detailed Sustainable Solution Steering methodology can be found, HERE.

Visit the BASF website, HERE.

Visit the BioMar website, HERE

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19/04/2018: Protecting your shrimp from AHPND

by Dr Eckel, Germany

Following a high occurrence of reports in Bangladesh districts close to West Bengal regarding incidences of Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome in shrimp, also known as AHPND or previously named as EMS, authorities have increased the alert.

An emergency response team under the National Surveillance Program for Aquatic Diseases will undertake surveillance in the area. The State Government advised that in case of confirmation of the AHPND incidence, all stock at the affected farms will be destroyed and disposed of and the whole farm will be disinfected.
 


All other coastal states in India are requested to be vigilant and to monitor the shrimp aquaculture farms for prevention and control of any incidence.

The disease is a newly emerging threat but has already done serious damage to shrimp production and the shrimp aquaculture industry worldwide. It was first detected in China in 2009 and moved in the region, later crossing the Pacific with several reports from Latin America in recent years. Notable symptoms of affected shrimps include an empty gut and pale hepatopancreas. AHPND has been discovered to be caused by toxic strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus that have acquired a ‘selfish plasmid’ encoding the deadly binary toxins PirAvp/PirBvp. Morbidity can reach 100 percent, and lead to 100 percent mortality within 20 to 30 days after a pond gets stocked with shrimp postlarvae.

Studies have revealed that phytogenic products can have anti-bacterial activity and have the capability to improve immune response. Therefore they have a high potential to improve the survival rate of some aquatic organism. A specific group of plant extracts called polyphenols has many biological effects including antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial qualities, making them valuable ingredients for health promotion.


Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Dr Eckel website, HERE.

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Alltech company profile





In the 1970s, Alltech’s founder, Dr Pearse Lyons, immigrated to the United States with a dream: to sustain the planet and all things living on it. As an Irish scientist, he saw an opportunity to apply his yeast fermentation expertise to animal nutrition challenges, and his dream became a reality when he founded Alltech in 1980 with just $10,000.

Today, a global team of more than 5,000 people around the world shares this vision of sustaining and nourishing the world’s plants, animals and people.

Alltech deliver on this vision by improving plant, feed and food quality through nutrition and scientific innovation, particularly yeast-based technology. Their team is fully committed to helping plants and animals achieve their full potential while supporting producers in greater efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

Aquaculture
From gut health to mineral absorption, their nutritional technologies help aqua producers overcome challenges to support fish health and profitability. Alltech can help you with:

- Feed efficiency
- Antibiotic-free production
- Food enrichment
- Mycotoxin management
- Gut health management
- Protein management
- Enzyme management
- Mineral management

Alltech’s guiding principle 
In all of these endeavors, they are guided by their ACE principle, their promise that in doing business they have a positive impact on the Animal, Consumer and Environment.

Visit the Alltech website, HERE.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

18/04/2018: Focusing on aquaculture sustainability by combatting over-consumption

by James C. Sanderson, Managing Director, President, Indigo Seafood

For decades, the founders of Indigo Seafood have been studying and developing the practices which together comprise the practice of sustainable aquaculture.

The starting point for this discussion is the situation humanity finds itself in through the consumption and often over-consumption of the earth’s seafood supply. The oceans’ wild fisheries cannot meet the demands of seven billion people. Thankfully, much of the world has come to the realisation that we must not only wisely manage the wild populations of fish, but also responsibly produce more through sustainable aquaculture.
 

Indigo Seafood has set out not only to conduct its business in such a manner, but also to be the example to follow. Furthermore, Indigo’s business model incorporates local personnel and resources so that the economic development of the industry greatly benefits the citizens of Palau. We also want to create jobs, jobs, jobs!

Sustainability
Feed sourcing is an integral part of producing sustainable fish. In the wild, the feed conversion ratio (FCR) of a carnivorous fish can range from five – 20. That is, the fish must eat from five – 10 lbs. of fish to grow one lb. of meat on its own. With proper nutrition, and pure feeds, Indigo can produce one lb. of fish with only two lbs. of feed (FCR = 2)! This is a remarkable efficiency! We can grow the fish more efficiently with feed that is contaminant free AND responsibly sourced.

Indigo is also investigating alternative protein sources for its feed, such as insects, worms and algae. During the recent Fish 2.0 Sustainable Seafood Conference, the leaders of Indigo met with several such alternative protein source companies. As these developing technologies become financially feasible, our feed sustainability will increase even more.

One of the biggest challenges in producing alternative protein (other than fish meal) fish feed is the resulting taste of the fish. Some alternative protein sources can duplicate the appearance of a cultured fish, but duplicating the taste is another matter.

Wild fish taste so good because they feed on delicious protein sources (other fish, crustaceans, etc…) in the ocean. Replicating or at least approximating these tastes with which we have become accustomed is a remaining challenge. Therefore, the development of alternative protein sources, while maintaining the expected taste, and brought together in an economically feasible product is what Indigo is watching for.

To ensure environmental sustainability, Indigo chooses its ocean sites under exacting conditions, monitors the surrounding waters and sediment, and uses low stocking densities within its ocean cages. Not only does this protect the surrounding ecosystem, but it also maximises the health and growth rates of Indigo’s fish.


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FAMSUN company profile



Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 


Visit the website HERE.

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17/04/2018: Development of solar microalgae feeds

by Dr Matthew Pearce, Director, Phycofeeds, United Kingdom

New technologies take time to invent, time to prove to others of their technical feasibility, and yet more time to develop. As this article is being written, Phycofeeds is at an interesting stage of commercial development with its unique multi-disciplinary approach to a new feed technology, although it has yet to produce microalgae for fish feed trials.
 


As such, this article comprises a “work in progress” for what could be a new technology of the future. To solve the feed production challenges of the future, we need to think and act innovatively, both in terms of financial business acumen and energy transformation pathways. Food, feed and energy will be ever more united in their provision.

The author hopes to be able to write another article in the future to discuss progress on the fish feed trials. For now, let me tell you more about how I propose to get there.

Why solar?
For those who work in aquaculture regions within hot countries, you will know the power of the sun. For those of you who, like me, live in cooler climates, you will also appreciate the power of the sun when you travel abroad. The solar photovoltaic industry (PV) has grown rapidly in the past decade. PV generated electricity is one of the two forms of solar electricity, the other being from concentrated solar power (CSP).

PV converts light directly into electricity. CSP focuses mirrors, transfers heat and light energy into molten salts, transports this energy, produces steam and via turbines produces electricity. Both have their advantages, PV can be used in cooler climates. Whilst CSP can only be produced in the sun-belt regions of the world, it can store energy at night. When peak demand for electricity occurs between about six and 10pm, electricity can still be provided from solar CSP even though the sun has gone down.

As solar electricity production is commercially feasible, solar fuel production is not, yet. Phycofeeds aims to create a new energy transformation pathway from turning waste into bio-crude using solar CSP. The HTL process has been done in the laboratory and is called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL). Whilst both CSP and PV convert light or heat with time into electricity, HTL combines light or heat and pressure with time to convert carbon-based feedstocks into bio-crude. This process emulates what the ancient natural environment has already produced under the earth’s crust in the form of conventional crude oil, except Phycofeeds technology uses the sunshine of today, not yesterday to do it.


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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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Sunday, April 15, 2018

16/04/2018: Technology showcase at 2nd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum

The Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum, an exclusive trade show in Taiwan and initiated by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia, will be held at Taipei World Trade Centre from July 26-28 for its 2nd edition.

Featuring innovative, eco-friendly, and sustainable livestock manufacturing technologies, the show positions itself as a one-stop international B2B trading platform to highlight the specialty of the livestock niche market.
 

Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2017 brought a big success.
The total gross merchandise volume of 2018 will be tripled, UBM Taiwan said.
Image credit: Livestock Taiwan

The Biogas Technology Pavilion makes its debut at the show this year and the match-making revenues are expected to grow 60 percent compared with 2017, UBM Taiwan announced.

Animal excrement has become one of the green power approaches to solve energy shortage in most of the Asia-pacific countries. Chang Sheng-Chin, the Secretary General of Swine Association Taiwan remarked, "The Council of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Administration collectively promote the policies for reuse of livestock waste, application of biogas residue and biogas slurry to agriculture land, anaerobic fermentation and biogas power equipment. These will benefit husbandry farmers to reduce water pollution control fees, increase renewable feed-in tariffs and create a better environment for our land. I believe the Biogas Technology Pavilion at Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum will bring buyers plentiful innovative products."

Taiwan"s leading technology R&D institution, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Biogas Power Office, will host the topical conference "Circular Economy: Biogas Reuse and Production" and is calling for Taiwan vendors to exhibit at the show. The confirmed biogas exhibitors are Capital Machinery Limited for biogas generators, Universe Circular Technology Co. for whole plant design, Cheng-Feng Environmental Technology for biogas desulfurisation and purification equipment, Kigent Corp. for biogas FRP digesters, and Macro-e Technology Group for biogas system design & equipment. UBM Taiwan also promotes the recruitment to Europe, USA, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan to look for advanced facilities.

The Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2018 is concurrently held with Aquaculture Taiwan and Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum. The triple show is supported by the local authority, Council of Agriculture (COA), as well as UBM Malaysia, 25 international associations and 18 professional media. At present, more than 2,000 sqm of event space has been taken. UBM Taiwan will recruit more suppliers to introduce biogas technologies, animal medicine and vaccines and cold storage facilities before June.

The online registration and buyer accommodation subsidy program are open now.

For more exhibition information and details, visit the official website, HERE.

Or contact Ms. Sophia Lu on +886-2-2738-3898 or aat-tw@ubm.com

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16/04/2018: Petfood Extrusion and Treats Conference speaker profile - Dr. Mian N. Riaz

21 June 2018,  Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Part of VIV Europe 2018)

Pet food and treats are growing rapidly all over the world due to the sharp rise in pet humanisation and with increasing disposable income.

According to one report, U.S. pet food market was valued at over USD 24.60 billion in 2016, is expected to reach above USD 30.01 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of slightly above 3.36% between 2017 and 2022, and global pet care market sale was reached US $110 billion in 2017 (Pet food Industry.com). Top 10 largest pet food global market are USA, Brazil. Japan, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada and Australia.

Focus on health and wellness is a major driver of pet treats using functional and other ingredients promising benefits, clean label movement, limited ingredients, safety concerns, natural pet food, grain free, high meat and novel protein.

Extrusion of pet food is an art and science which require knowledge about raw material, hardware and processing requirements. There are different options available to pet food companies to use either single or twin screw extruder with very special die design like, multi-color and multi-shape die.

In this half day conference speakers will talk about pet food and treat trends, extrusion of pet food and treats with single and twin screw extruder; advanced single screw extrusion for companion animal food, specialty, treats, and supplements; extruded pet food quality management; relations between technology and extruded pet food quality and pet food quality optimisation and palatability. 

Dr Mian N. Riaz
 Speaker Profile - Dr. Mian N. RiazDirector of the Process Engineering R&D Center (formally Food Protein R&D Center), Head of Extrusion Technology Program, and graduate faculty in the Nutrition and Food Science Department at Texas A&M University, USA.

He joined the 
Process Engineering R&D Center 25 years ago after completing his Ph.D in Food Science from the University of Maine at Orono, Maine, He was the first Ph.D. graduate of their Food Science department.

His first academic appointment was in 1992 at Texas A&M University (TAMU), where he was put in charge of the Food and Feed Extrusion Program and went on to become the head of the Extrusion Program and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Food Science and Technology Program.

Since 2005, he has been serving as the Director of the Process Engineering R&D Center. He has published 5 books, 22 chapters and more than 100 papers on extrusion and other related topics. Three of his books are in the area of extrusion, Extruders in Food Application, Extruders and Expanders in Pet Food, Aquatic and Livestock Feeds and Extrusion Problem Solved. One of his books is in the area of Soy Application in Foods.
  
Dr. Riaz is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences and meetings and so far he has delivered more than 300 presentations in 55 countries. Every year he organizes 5 short courses in the area of extrusion. Three of these courses are related to food and
  two are related to feed extrusion He has been with the Texas A&M University system for 25 years.  He also has a teaching appointment in the Nutrition and Food Science Department. 

We hope you can join us on June 21 at Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands



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