ALLER AQUA PHASES OUT USE OF SOUTH AMERICAN SOYA
Aller Aqua phases out use of South American soya and focuses on purchasing from regional markets. Aller Aqua will purchase soya for its aquafeeds closer to its factories, and as a result, the company’s four European factories will exclusively purchase regionally produced soya.
Sustainability in the aquaculture value chain begins with the raw materials used in the feed. Raw materials form the foundation for fish growth and health, and therefore ultimately for the fish farmers’ success. Aller Aqua wants customers to have high quality feeds with stable performance, but also with minimal environmental impact.
”In recent years, there has been a lot of focus on soya produced in South America, and the derived effects thereof, such as deforestation and cultivation methods. In our work to continuously increase sustainability and purchasing raw materials in proximity to our European factories, we will now phase out the use of soya from South America,” explains Henrik Halken, Group Vice President, Aller Aqua Group.
“Our four European factories have already begun this process. In 2019, 50% of the soya we used in our European factories were regionally produced, and during 2020, this number will reach 100%. This is completely in line with EU initiatives supporting an increased production of protein crops to increase our self-sufficiency – and thereby reduce import.
We work actively with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in all our factories. Raw materials are a significant part of the production process in aquafeeds, and it is therefore natural to focus on reducing environmental impact here!
To ensure the largest possible positive impact on our environmental footprint, we continuously look at our raw material portfolio. During recent years, we have increasingly utilised various by-products, which, besides reducing waste, maintain the feed quality. We also pride ourselves in having a specialised protein factory in Germany, which produces high value proteins based on local raw materials.
Additionally, it is positive that aquaculture has one of the lowest CO2 emissions compared to other animal productions” concludes Henrik Halken.