DELEGATES VISIT THAI AQUAFEED PLANT
Delegates visit Thai aquafeed plant. Delegates attending last week’s SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, were given a sneak peek into how one of the world’s most sustainable aquafeed is produced and used.
Thai Union Group PCL hosted a field trip to its Thai Union Feedmill in Samut Sakhon to show how the FeedKind® protein produced by Calysta is incorporated into feed – utilising 10% FeedKind protein. The only marine ingredients remaining in the feed were Thai Union derived tuna byproducts and fish oil.
The tour followed a partnership event at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels in May, where Thai Union offered the world its first taste of commercially reared shrimp fed FeedKind protein.
Allan LeBlanc, Vice President and FeedKind Product Manager at Calysta, said: “The SeaWeb Seafood Summit brings together global leaders in seafood sustainability. It is exciting to see so many delegates interested in FeedKind and the role it can play in helping food producers meet the world’s growing demand for food without placing extra stress on our planet’s resources.
“Results from trials conducted by Thai Union at this site have shown that, like other species fed FeedKind, shrimp enjoy a growth rate at least equal to conventional feeds. Trials have also pointed towards an improvement in feed conversion ratios over other feed products.”
Darian McBain, Ph.D., Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Thai Union, said: “FeedKind meets a major part of our SeaChange®sustainability strategy in that it can bring a greater level of transparency and sustainability to aquaculture feed through the use of innovative alternative protein sources.”
Calysta’s FeedKind is made via a patented natural-gas fermentation platform. Made using very little land and water by fermenting natural gas, an abundant source of energy, it is a safe, nutritious and traceable protein which has been commercially validated through extensive trials.