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Aquaculture research centre to further innovation

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he Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre officially opened its doors following extensive refurbishment. The innovation centre will be an international aquatic research facility focused on excellence in feed solutions for aqua producers around the world. The centre received more than €600,000 in investment and will be home to an expanded team of aqua researchers dedicated to quality, innovation and the development of new applications in aqua feed. The new facility will provide a practical platform for product development and solutions to meet the challenges of modern aqua producers. Patrick Charlton, CEO of Coppens International, commented, “The centre will further develop our already strong aqua research programmes and allow us to significantly increase the amount and type of aqua innovation we embark upon,.” Coppens International is collaborating with Guabi, a leading fish feed producer in Brazil. Guabi, a 43-year veteran in the animal feed business, entered into a strategic partnership with Alltech earlier this year. Mr Charlton continued, “To date, our research centre has enabled us to achieve global recognition for our recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), and the refurbishment will allow us to continue to build upon this and to expand our work into different species, such as saltwater fish.” Over the course of the last 12 months, Coppens International has progressively replaced the fish oil source of DHA in its diets with Alltech’s innovative, DHA-rich algae technology, ForPlus®. The inclusion of ForPlus allows for a fully traceable, sustainable source of DHA omega-3 and a fish oil replacement. Neo Green, a high-quality, sustainable trout feed, is one of the many new products developed to provide customers with a sustainable alternative to fish oil and inorganic trace minerals as well as functional additives to support fish health and performance. See our full feature on the Aqua Center opening on page 26

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Fifth factory inaugurated in Zambia ller Aqua Group has inaugurated its fifth factory – Aller Aqua Zambia, this is an important milestone for the fish feed producer, which has a strong foothold in the African market. Henrik Halken, Group Vice President for Aller Aqua Group, explains, “The growth in Egypt and the success we experience through our own sales companies in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana prove that there is a market for aquafeed of a higher quality than the customers here are used to. We have been present in Africa for a long time, and so the time was right to take the next step and establish an additional factory.” The Zambian factory was a US$10 million investment, with a capacity of 50,000 tons per annum. It is established as a joint venture with Oakfield Holdings Limited. Further, Aller Aqua has an off-take agreement with Yalelo Limited, which is one of the world’s largest producers of tilapia. Yalelo plans growth of 50 percent per annum according to Bryan McCoy, CEO of Yalelo Limited. Niels Lundgaard, Commercial Director – Africa for the Aller Aqua Group commented, “It is crucial to find the right people for collaboration in any market. We have found these people, and this has given us the best possible starting point in the market. Locally, we have some very strong teams in place. The key is local knowledge, industry specific experience and a drive to take the projects further.” The African market is predicted to grow significantly within the coming years. The UN forecasts a rise in population on the African continent to two billion by 2050. This will increase the demand for healthy and sustainably produced foods such as fish. The strategy supports the UN’s sustainable development goals by reducing poverty and hunger, increasing health and creating responsible consumption and production.

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