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FEATURE

What inspired Cargill to develop its promote range of multi-species feed additives?

Feed additives and functional feed play an increasingly important role in animal nutrition as livestock producers seek new sustainable and natural ways to enhance performance, improve gut health, optimise feed conversion, reduce and replace antibiotic growth promoters in feed, and address consumer demands. The PROMOTE additives have their origin in the Provimi business that was acquired by Cargill in 2011 and we are now strengthening our micronutrition business with the recent acquisition of Diamond V, leaders in unique microbial fermentation products for animal nutrition and a strategic partnership with Delacon in the field of phytogenics. As a result of Cargill’s sustainability summit, the company has announced some ambitious targets for many areas of its operations: Safety, sustainability, etc. How are you achieving those goals? Cargill has a strong commitment to safety and we have many initiatives to improve safety through infrastructure and behaviour throughout the corporation. Sustainability has been highlighted as a core capability to be developed in Cargill. The legacy of EWOS has helped to develop a sustainability strategy for our aquaculture feed operations, but now the corporation in general is also developing a sustainability strategy. This has led to a central hub focussing on sustainability being setup in the Corporation which links to the different interests in the business operations. Our aquaculture sustainability manager is now part of this hub, which strengthens our position and our ability to work through our value chains to improve our sustainability activities.

What drove the raw material sourcing policy for Cargill’s EWOS brand, which produces aquafeed?

EWOS had operated a raw material sourcing policy for some years prior to the Cargill acquisition. This helped us to promote our vision to our supply chain, so that they could develop in the same direction. But it was also the requirement of certain thirdparty certifications for feed production. Following the acquisition, we needed to update the policy, which was carried out at the end of 2016. With the much larger CQN operation, this policy helps us to set goals for the future, enabling us to navigate the needs of different markets and arrive at a common position in the future. Cargill has initiated a raw material sourcing policy for all its animal feed suppliers. Were there any special considerations that needed to be kept in mind when it came to fish feed suppliers – such as regional versus global considerations? The aqua feed policy reflects the different market requirements that we see between salmon and other aquaculture products. Salmon producers have focussed on developing sustainable farming and feed criteria for some years. This has led to an investment by a significant proportion of the industry in feeds with certain criteria, which are specified in our policy. By contrast, other aquaculture industries have little, if any, requirements for their feed and raw materials. To impose stringent criteria on raw materials with no lead time would distort our competitiveness in the current farming systems. We have therefore set longer term goals for these sectors, to enable us to work with our supply chains to develop price competitive solutions and with our customers to be able to value the new feed International Aquafeed - June 2018 | 27

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