Thursday, December 13, 2018

AFIA launches new website focusing on policy issues impacting animal food manufacturers

The American Feed Industry Association has announced the launch of its new website to better communicate the animal food manufacturing industry's key legislative and regulatory priorities to policymakers and the public.

The revamped, mobile-responsive website (afia.org) will also feature an optimised search function and resource centre that allows its roughly 5,500 monthly web visitors quickly find and share content about the animal food industry.
 
www.afia.org

"One of AFIA's four promises to members is that we will convey one powerful, unified voice that represents every segment of the animal food industry to members of Congress, federal regulators and the public," said Victoria Broehm, AFIA's director of communications. "With AFIA's Marketing Committee, the communications team developed a one-stop-shop online resource that provides even more information about the issues impacting America"s 6,200 animal food manufacturers and arms AFIA"s members with communications tools to be effective in their advocacy efforts."

The website organises the association's policy issues impacting US animal feed and pet food manufacturers into five overarching categories, including: the access and availability of technology; feed and food safety; the availability and cost-effectiveness of ingredients; global competitiveness; and health, safety and the environment. It boasts an improved advocacy section that allows members to directly contact their elected officials on urgent issues.

The resource centre allows members to quickly search through hundreds of AFIA news updates, advisories, reports, guidance documents and more by topic. Web visitors can also quickly find facts and stats on the industry and all of AFIA's multimedia content in the #FeedFacts section.

Web visitors can still register for one of the association's many conferences and/or webinars via the events page and search AFIA's Online Buyers' Guide, the industry's go-to resource for searching for feed, pet food, ingredients and equipment.

In addition, AFIA's members will have access to an all-new, members-only dashboard that allows them to easily update their profiles, search the member database and pay their invoices.

Visit the new AFIA website, HERE.

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Van Aarsen company profile



Van Aarsen has become a household name worldwide for machinery and turnkey projects for animal feed technology, both for commercial feed producers and for vertically-integrated businesses. 

Quality is of the utmost importance in both sectors of the industry and innovations in feed production are therefore of great interest. 

Thanks to their extensive experience, engineers and technicians are always able to offer tailor-made solutions.

Visit the Van Aarsen website, HERE.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Nutriad company profile



The Nutriad story
The global population increases 50 percent in the next four decades.  Livestock production and aquaculture has never been more challenging.  Limited availability and changing quality of raw materials challenges intake, growth and performance.

Growing customer awareness and governmental regulations, especially related to health and safety, challenge your business. As manufacturer of state-of-the-art feed additives for more than 50 years they know the agricultural market. Still every day they are passionate about theirwork.

Their ambition is to be their customers’ first choice in palatability, mycotoxin management and digestive performance. Every day their people work on finding ways to improve your production.

Being active in more than 80 countries, they understand the global issues thoroughly. The experience of their dedicated local product specialists is available for you. In direct contact with you, Nutriad create the best practical solutions for today and tomorrow.

Nutriad's people
At Nutriad they believe that their people are our most valuable assets. People whose passion and personal values drive the company’s performance all over the world. Meet some of their team members that help shape Nutriad across the world.

Visit the company website HERE.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Evonik company profile



Evonik is one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of their strategy, which is supported by their owners, RAG-Stiftung (74.99 percent) and funds managed by CVC Capital Partners (25.01 percent).

Their specialty chemicals activities focus on high-growth megatrends—especially health, nutrition, resource efficiency, and globalisation—and their goal is to enter attractive future-oriented markets.

In 2011 Evonik’s roughly 33,000 employees generated sales of €14.5 billion and an operating result (EBITDA) of €2.8 billion. More than 70 percent of sales are generated outside Germany, providing convincing evidence that our business is global.

Visit the website HERE.

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Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference: VIV Bangkok, March 13, 2019

International Aquafeed magazine and Dr Mian N Riaz, Head of Extrusion Technology, Texas A&M University System will be organising a one-day Aqua Feed Conference at the VIV Asia, Bangkok on March 13, 2019.
 

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This conference will focus on extrusion principles, raw material, grinding, aqua feed extrusion, different types of extruders and their application, drying of aqua feed, how to improve the aqua feed quality, managing the aqua feed facility and several other related topics.


Pre-registration is required for this event. Participants will receive certificates for completing the conference.

For more information, please contact Tuti Tan (tutit@perendale.co.uk ) or Mian Riaz (mnriaz@tamu.edu).

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BAP seafood at Hitachi cafeterias marks official launch of BAP in Japan

Japanese major electronics manufacturer Hitachi and Seiyo Food-Compass Group recently introduced shrimp and pangasius from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities to employee cafeterias in Hitachi's Ikebukuro, Japan, service centre, the first time that BAP seafood has been marketed as such in Japan.
 
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As part of its commitment to align its food sourcing policies with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hitachi is working with its food service provider, Seiyo Food-Compass Group, to source seafood originating from BAP-certified processing plants and farms. Hitachi is committed to serve BAP seafood at its employee cafeterias once a month. Seiyo Food is one of Japan's largest foodservice providers.

For more information visit the BAP website, HERE.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

IFEEDER releases 2017-18 annual report

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) released its 2017-18 has released its annual report, providing financial and project highlights for the 501(c)(3) public charity over the past year.
 

"Reflecting on this past year, IFEEDER has continued to take on exciting new projects that are aligned with both the needs of the industry and the mission of the Institute," said Paul Phillips, 2017-18 chair of the IFEEDER Board of Trustees. "We have also focused a significant amount of time and energy into enhancing our consumer communications, which ultimately focus on preserving consumer choice and protecting the animal food industry's image and license to operate."
 
The annual report provides details on several IFEEDER projects initiated over the past fiscal year, including:
- A first-of-a-kind study that details the animal food manufacturing industry's economic contribution to local, state and national economies
- A report that benchmarked the amount of animal feed consumed by livestock, poultry and aquaculture in the United States
- Two consumer-driven studies on animals raised without antibiotics and under certain poultry production practices
- Progress on the industry's global sustainability efforts.

In addition to the project updates, the annual report details IFEEDER's support of two scholarship funds – the Kenny Berg Research and Education Fund and the American Feed Industry Association's Equipment Manufacturers Committee's Scholarship Fund – and its priorities for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

View the 2017-18 annual report on the IFEEDER website, HERE.

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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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Alltech cuts the ribbon on new UK office

A newly built office in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, was opened by Dr Mark Lyons, Alltech president and CEO, and Mrs Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and director of corporate image and design, at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

The 70,000-square-foot innovative design was initiated by Deirdre Lyons in late 2015 to accommodate Alltech's growth in an office-only site. It features an open reception area, five meeting rooms, including a purpose-built training room, offices and dedicated creative spaces.
 

Official opening of the newly built Alltech office in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, was Alric Blake, Alltech's chief operating office; Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and director of corporate image and design and Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech president and CEO.
Image credit: Alltech

A building that cultivates collaboration was the vision for the new Alltech office in Stamford. While the initial design work started three years ago, ground was broken on the new building in November of 2016. The office now reflects the nature of Alltech's late founder, Dr Pearse Lyons, with open spaces designed to nurture creativity and innovation.

"Our new building, designed by Mrs Lyons, brings together many of our Alltech teams for greater collaboration and improved service to our customers in animal and crop nutrition," said Alric Blake, chief operating officer of Alltech. "We look forward to welcoming customers, colleagues and friends, old and new, to Alltech Stamford."

In conjunction with the new building, manufacturing operations were relocated to a larger, more suitable site 12 miles outside of Stamford.

Stamford has been home to Alltech's UK offices since 1988. Today, the team includes 120 highly skilled specialists who work hand in hand with feed, farming and food businesses to achieve performance targets through nutritional innovation.

In addition to serving as the primary base for Alltech's chief operating officer and the global leaders of Alltech's core animal nutrition platforms, Alltech Stamford is also home to Alltech's UK team and Alltech E-CO2, which provides tools and services to improve the sustainability and efficiency of farming operations.

"Dr Pearse Lyons established a culture of creativity and innovation at Alltech," said Mr Blake. "Our new UK office reflects that spirit as the company continues to grow and carry the mission forward."

For more information visit the Alltech website, HERE.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

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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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Asian Pacific Aquaculture ’19 holds the Biggest Aquaculture Tradeshow in Chennai

Opportunity does not knock twice, don't let the APA'19 go! For every aspiring aquapreneur, the one question that is always hounding him is, "What next?" In India and throughout the world, the ecosystem of emerging entrepreneurs is expanding day by day, month after month and year after year.

India, in fact, has some of the most intelligent minds and what happens when these minds from all over the world seeking aquaculture business opportunities get the right platform, the right people, the right mentorship and the right guidance to go with? If you are looking for a place that answers these questions, then APA 2019 is all you need to know!
 


This is India's premier and most trusted tradeshow which is going to be held in Chennai for three days, 19th June to 21st June!

Touted as Asia's biggest, most important and magnificent trade show, APA'19 is seeking to provide an outstanding opportunity to aqua entrepreneurs across the globe a premium platform for business opportunity seekers and young entrepreneurs in the province of Aquaculture.

Tamil Nadu Dr J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University is hosting this international conference on Asian Pacific Aquaculture'19 in co-ordination with the World Aquaculture Society – Asian Pacific Chapter at the Chennai trade centre, Chennai.

With a tag of Aquaculture for health, wealth and happiness, the conference will be a unique platform for exchange of ideas and facilitate commercialization in aquaculture sector and encourage Innovative Industrial stakeholders to strive hard for making the industry profitable and more sustainable.

The trade show, which will be organised during the international conference is expecting participants from over 50 countries to showcase their various exciting business opportunities and new technologies in the aquaculture sector.

We have planned to put up 150 booths and almost all the booths are completely booked by holders of India and other countries. We are now planning to increase the number of booths to 230 Nos to accommodate more interested countries and any other Indian companies.

Join this unique event and block your booth now.

For more information visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE.

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Collaborative project underway to produce Denmark’s first industrial insect factory

Aller Aqua, Dtu Aqua, Teknologisk Institut (The Danish Technological Institute), Hanneman Engineering and Champost are partnering with the company Enorm to establish Denmark's first industrial insect production. The goal of the project is to produce 30 tons of insects per day four years from now.
 
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The project has been granted 15.9 million DKK from the Ministry of Environment and Food Denmark. One of the outputs from the project will be insect meal, and Aller Aqua's role will be to help develop and test products suitable for trout farming. Should this succeed, insect meal could also be tested as an ingredient for feed for salmon and tilapia.

"Insect meal has the potential to be a valuable raw material in fish feed not only due to its high protein content. Several trials have been carried out with the inclusion of insect meal to replace or partially replace fish meal in fish feed with promising results, but further research is needed before commercial application. Research and trials will be carried out at Aller Aqua Research in Büsum, Germany," explains Dr Hanno Slawski, Group Research & Development Director for Aller Aqua.

Besides producing insect meal for inclusion in fish feed, Enorm Biofactory will also produce both insect meal and oil for use in pork and poultry production, and eventually human consumption. In addition, the project focusses on achieving a no-waste-production with optimal usage of all nutrients and resources.

For more information visit the Aller Aqua website, HERE.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

the interview | Dr May Myat Noe Lwin (PhD)

Dr May Myat Noe Lwin currently works as Technical Advisor for the USAID Sustainable Seafood Industry Development Project, which promotes regional cooperation for regulated and legal fishing in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Lwin also serves as the Country Manager for the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC).







When did you start working in aquaculture?
After 2005, I started a soft shell crab farm. I started with 10,000 crab boxes because that was all the money I had. With the trading I’d been doing I had some money but the crab work was seasonal. So, I started with the 10,000 boxes but, because I am in Thailand and I can speak Thai and Burmese, I chose a town in Myanmar that borders with Thailand.

How did you come to be working for USSEC?
I started another farm and I was also seafood trading. I bought seafood from Myanmar suppliers and sold it to Thai buyers in Bangkok and Phuket. Then I opened a soft shell mangrove crab farm.

How many crabs do you have?
In Thailand only 150 because it is one crab for one box and that means that one box already costs one dollar. So you have a lot of crab boxes. And not only in Thailand. I also have a farm in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh farm has more crab boxes. I am closing the Thailand farm down because we want to start a new farm in Myanmar.

What do you feed the crab and from which company do you get the feed?
We only feed them trout. We don’t feed them formulated diet, or a compound feed. That’s why I decided to go to the US and get my PhD, so I could learn about making a diet for soft-shell crab production. Because the crab are in individual boxes, all you have to do is feed them is put the trash fish inside the box. In Thailand we have 100,000 crab boxes, and in Bangladesh we have 150,000 crab boxes. Our target is to reach half a million crab boxes in the next few years.

So you are still running the farms and also working for USSEC (United States Soybean Export Council)?
I was doing crab farming and seafood trading when one day I was invited to India Aquaculture 2009 and I made a presentation. Most of the speakers were really well known while I was the only farmer. They wanted me to share how I did it, so they invited me to speak.
In 2012 USSEC wanted to have a programme in Myanmar and they asked if I could connect them with people in the industry. We did one workshop in Myanmar but during that time Ang San Su Kyi was still under house arrest so we jumped in before anything opened up and in 2013 USSEC decided to have a programme so I worked for them part time.
Soft shell crab farming is very intensive – you have to check the crabs every four hours. I was working part time for USSEC and I wanted to go back and forth between Myanmar and Thailand. We started introducing USSEC technical assistance for farmers etc. In 2012 not a lot of people know what US soybeans were but now they import 300,000 metric tonnes of US soy and it is increasing every year.

It is a big market in many ways because not many people are doing these soft-shelled crabs. Where is your major market basically?
Our major market is Japan, USA, China, Australia and even Europe, but Europe is more of a niche market, it doesn’t have the volume, like you are selling one million metric tonnes. That revenue income should be very significant because just to supply to China alone, where they love soft shell crabs. But our price is much better, because we are selling with the soft shelled at 15 US dollars, which is a good price.

And you have a factory that makes your feed?
In Thailand we used to have one feed mill. Farmers there don’t believe that formulated diets work so it is challenging for a feed miller to produce it in a large volume and eventually they stopped producing it. The other thing I find now is the crab is like Asian sea bass.
Asian sea bass, if you want to start feeding them the formulated diet, you need to start weaning with the pellet. Even though crabs eat everything you put in the crab boxes, you need to train them a couple of days there and they get used to it with the pellet and also compared to the trash fish, the trash fish has a really good smell and you can really see the crab behaviour there.
When I did my experiment when you feed the crab trout, they are so happy, they eat it straightaway. When you feed the pellet, the first couple of days you need to starve them until they are really hungry, you have to practice them, feed them. I also find that if you feed them in the evening they are more willing to take it.

Did you have to have special machinery to produce pellets?
So my research is to look at the crab and see whether it will take a pellet or not and then I find out whether they take it in terms of weight gain, survival and moulting frequency. Whether they stay the same like the trash fish or not and we change the pellet like three or four times because the other challenge we have is crabs have big claws and when they eat it, they hold it first but their claws are so powerful and if your pellets is not hard enough, it just breaks down and within those small boxes, it is just wasted. It’s important that it is hard enough for the crab to hold it and like to eat like using chopsticks, very slowly; it is very interesting. We use different kinds of binder.

Have you had any special challenges being a woman in aquaculture or has it been pretty open for you?
When I started a farm in Thailand everyone was saying ‘oh she’s just like a girl and maybe in one- or two-year’s time she will be gone.’ It has been pretty open for me as a woman, maybe because of my personal philosophy, I don’t think you should be treating me a certain way because I am a woman. Maybe I have a different opinion because most of my staff are men.
I do not have that many women working for me. If you are a good role model, instead of saying do this or do that, we work together and make women part of the decision making. Also from and also it’s just like you need to work hard.

What is your view of the future for Myanmar? What is your view of the prospects of the feed industry? In China, the feed industry asked the government not to tax feed to help ensure there are no hungry people in China.  Do do you think that could happen in Myanmar?
In Myanmar we have a really good aquaculture situation with the rivers and the sea. We do a lot with marine fish, but many areas have never done any fish farming. It would help if our government adopted a policy encouraging people to do more and to export more.
Before, when we were under sanctions from the US and the EU we had to stick with species that we only sell domestically. But now, if we target the right species we can export them and sell it to anyone, to China, the US and the EU and the industry will be growing very fast in the next five to ten years’ time.


Canada’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers approve legislative development

The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) welcomes the support of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) to advance the legislative development process for an Aquaculture Act in Canada.
 
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"The timely development and passage of a federal Aquaculture Act is the most important and overriding need for the sustainable and competitive growth of aquaculture in Canada," explained Timothy Kennedy, CAIA President & CEO. "There is such incredible opportunity for this young and innovative sector in Canada. This important support from Ministers is very much appreciated and will provide a fresh look at seafood farming in Canada. Canada remains the world's only major farmed seafood producing country without modern national legislation specifically designed to govern a responsible and sustainable aquaculture industry."

The sector's great potential for Canada was identified in the Agri-food Report from Canada's Economic Strategy Tables released in September. The report cited the potential for the sector to nearly double production from 200,565 tonnes in 2016 to 381,900 tonnes in 2028 to meet rising global demand.

"With a supportive policy and regulatory environment focused on innovation, economic growth and sustainability for our sector, our industry is ready to seize this opportunity, creating new middle-class jobs and growing our economy," said Mr Kennedy.

CAIA and its member companies stand ready to collaborate with federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous and non-government partners to draft and modernise federal legislation, regulations and programs keeping Canada's seafood farming business competitive, sustainable, innovative and growing.

Visit the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance website, HERE.

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BioMar Group ready to build new line for extruded shrimp feed in Ecuador

To accommodate the growth in volumes sold, BioMar Group has decided to invest in additional capacity at its factory in Ecuador. The extrusion line creates the foundation for development of new product ranges and is expected to be ready early 2020.

BioMar Group announces further investments in the factory in Ecuador. A new extrusion line will add approx. 40.000 tons capacity and is expected to enter operation in Q1 2020, just one year after the latest capacity expansion, which is due in Q1 2019.
 
Henrik Aarestrup of BioMar
Image credit: BioMar
"We have experienced a strong growth in Ecuador since the acquisition of Alimentsa in 2017 and we currently operate at our capacity limit. For our customers the new line will mean increased flexibility and increased choice, as it will significantly expand our capacity for extruded and value added feed solutions," explains Henrik Aarestrup, Vice President Emerging Markets in the BioMar Group.

Shrimp production in Ecuador has been growing with double digits in 2018 placing Ecuador as the third largest shrimp producing nation in the world.

"The Ecuadorian shrimp sector will continue to grow in the coming years, however at a somewhat slower pace than in 2018, where we have seen an exceptionally high growth. Ecuador has a competitive edge when it comes to producing shrimp in a responsible manner with high focus on both sustainability and product quality. Recent initiatives like the launch of the Sustainable Shrimp Partnership will further enhance this position", says Henrik Aarestrup.

The investment is part of BioMar's strategic plan for the shrimp business, which also includes a recently inaugurated research and trial unit in connection with the plant in Ecuador.

Apart from the shrimp feed business in Ecuador, BioMar currently produces extruded shrimp feed in Asia and Central America plus some support production for Central America and Ecuador coming from BioMar's factories in Chile. Larval diets for shrimp are distributed worldwide under the LARVIVA brand from BioMar's French production site.

For more information visit the BioMar website, HERE.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Andrea Nagata joins Biorigin as Product Manager for animal nutrition

Graduate in Veterinary Medicine and postgraduate in Administration and Marketing, Andrea Nagata has more than 15 years of experience in multinational industries of the animal nutrition segment in the commercial and market and product development areas.
 
Andrea Nagata
Image credit: Biorigin

At Biorigin, she will work as a Product Manager, being responsible for the positioning of products, global sales strategy and follow-up and for the evaluation of new opportunities and launches.

According to Alessandro Rocha, the Feed Business Global Manager, "We are challenged with a bold growth. Our strategy is to add value to our client's products by offering innovative solutions. Having Andrea in the Feed team, as a link between the commercial and technical area and the market needs, reinforces our commitment to always provide the best to our clients".

For more information visit the Biorigin website, HERE.

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Cargill grows business in Thailand with $70 million (USD) investment in seafood and poultry

Cargill has invested over $1.15 billion (USD) as it marks 50th anniversary in the country

Cargill in Thailand have announced its continuing commitment to the country with investments of more than $70 million USD over the next two years to address the increase in global demand of seafood and poultry consumption.

The $70 million investments are part of the company's global innovation strategy to leverage technology, in support of the needs of partners and customers. This includes technology implementation into the poultry supply chain, additional funds for the Technology Application Centre for research and development for the aquaculture industry and the expansion of a cooked poultry facility in Nakornratchasima, in Northeastern Thailand.
 


The company will also upgrade and refurbish an aqua feed production plant located in Petchaburi.

"These planned investments demonstrate our commitment to the communities and people of Thailand. We appreciate the Thai government's support of direct foreign investment which has allowed companies like Cargill to grow with the Thai economy and community over the last 50 years. By investing in technology innovation, we can make our supply chains as efficient and sustainable as possible – as we work to nourish those in Thailand and around the world," said Dave MacLennan, chairman and CEO of Cargill, during his visit for the 50th anniversary celebrations.

As part of Cargill's ongoing commitment to Thailand also includes investments in the local community, including efforts to equip more than 1,500 farmers with agricultural technical knowledge and training.

The company also works with local partners such as Save the Children Thailand to create nutrition initiatives for school-aged children and has been providing clean drinking water stations for schools, continually supporting schools around the company's facilities and building homes for rural residents.

Cargill has operated in Thailand for 50 years, opening of its first office in 1968. The company has invested more than $1.15 billion USD into its operations to-date across various businesses during its expansion and growth through the years, and currently has 14 facilities throughout the country with more than 17,000 employees.

For more information visit the Cargill website, HERE.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Canada's seafood farmers launch National Youth Initiative

The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) announced today the official launch of its National Youth Council.

"Seafood farming is a young and growing sector for Canada. We are delighted to be attracting top-caliber young people to create a strong and sustainable future. The diversity and strength of these young people is a testament to a bright future for our sector," said CAIA Executive Director, Timothy Kennedy.
 


CAIA established this National Youth Council to connect young professionals in Canada's aquaculture sector, to propose and develop ideas for the flourishing of the sector, and to be ambassadors for the sector.

"We have brought together a group of fourteen young people from across the country – seven women and seven men – to represent the growing presence of youth in this science, sustainability and future-oriented sector," said Mr Kennedy. "Representing six provinces, they are excited and eager to share their knowledge and passion for seafood farming. We look forward to their ideas and energy."

"We hail from across Canada's thriving seafood farming sector: finfish to shellfish, land-based to net-pens, freshwater to marine, industry to research," said RJ Taylor, inaugural Youth Council Chair. "And we all share the same passion for advancing this incredibly dynamic and sustainable sector. Thank you to CAIA's board and staff for this opportunity to collaborate with like-minded professionals in the time ahead!"

The Council members will convene their first face-to-face meeting at Canada's Farmed Seafood Policy Conference 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario on November 27th. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to learn more and to meet the council member at a dedicated breakfast event to open the event.

For more information visit the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance website, HERE.

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Plenty of fish: The future of aquaculture

An overview of Julian Conway McGill’s presentation from the BIOMIN World Nutrition Forum by Matt Holmes, Features editor, International Aquafeed
 
Dr Julian Conway McGill

Julian Conway McGill works for consultancy LMC international - a leading independent economic and business consultancy for the agribusiness sector around the world. Dr McGill is the head of south east Asia at LMC and he gave a presentation to the World Nutrition Forum in Cape Town, South Africa called: ‘Plenty of fish: How will the choice of species being domesticated influence aquafeed demand?’

The growth in beef production has been slower than pork and chicken. This also combines with the perceived health benefits of white meat.

“A less commonly noted though equally remarkable transformation, has been the growth in aquaculture production,” says Dr McGill. “Fish are even more efficient than livestock at converting feed into edible weight. As fish are buoyant, do not expend energy to warm their body and as they excrete nitrogen waste directly through their gills, they are able to channel more energy into weight gain than land animals.”

Livestock, by contrast, need to expend energy to stand, maintain their body temperature and convert ammonia into urea among other energy requiring functions.

“Aquaculture therefore has the potential to be a very efficient source of meat”, he continues. “At their most efficient, salmon can achieve a ratio of one-to-one, with each kilogram of feed resulting in a kilogram of additional meat. This makes them 20 times as efficient at converting feed to meat as cattle.”

Advantages of aquaculture
One of the challenging aspects of aquaculture is the sheer variety of different species in the sea with over 400 types of fish being successfully farmed as compared with fewer than 10 land animals. Dr McGill explains fish can be split into two broad categories: bulk white fish and luxury fish.

Bulk white fish farming has grown exponentially, thanks to its hardiness compared to higher value fish. These species provide protein at a low price and demand has been increasing with growing population. They have also replaced cheap fish from wild fisheries. The growth in these species has been predominantly driven by rapid production growth in China and South East Asia and is narrowly concentrated into three main groups: carp, catfish and tilapia.


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