NOVEL PROTEIN AQUACULTURE FEED INGREDIENT
Novel protein aquaculture feed ingredient. Skretting is one step closer to validating a new novel ingredient and reaching their Sustainability RoadMap 2025 ambition. eniferBio, the Finnish biotech start-up and winner of the 2020 Nutreco Feed & Food Tech Challenge, has announced the successful completion of process piloting trials and the beginning of the next phase – testing of its Pekilo mycoprotein in its R&D facilities at Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) in Norway.
“We have been working closely with the eniferBio team to support them and help speed up the process to receive a commercially relevant novel ingredient for the first validation at our salmon R&D facilities in Norway,” says Jenna Bowyer, Category Manager Novel Ingredients, Skretting. “Our desktop assessment verified the potential of this ingredient to be an alternative protein source to marine and soy proteins in our aquafeeds. This is another example of Skretting’s commitment to identifying, developing and commercialising novel ingredients that can have a positive contribution to the sustainability of the aquaculture industry.”
To produce the quantity required for Skretting testing, eniferBio teamed up with Tereos, a global leader in the sugar, alcohol and starch markets. Tereos provided the raw material for the trial, in the form of vinasse, a by-product from the production of ethanol from beet molasses. The process of eniferBio allows the efficient conversion of dilute side streams such as vinasse into a valuable protein ingredient for aquaculture feed.
Simo Ellilä, CEO eniferBio, said:
“This is a very important step for us as company as we re-establish the Pekilo production process, now as a major source of aquafeed protein,” says Simo Ellilä, CEO of eniferBio. “We believe the process is unique in offering a cost-competitive, sustainable alternative to soy protein concentrate. The process is very scalable, and Pekilo can be produced close to the end users – promising to decrease dependence on imported protein. This pilot trial is an excellent example of bringing together the whole value chain in Europe. It has been an absolute pleasure making this happen with the great teams at Tereos and Skretting.”
The Pekilo protein now continues onto salmon feeding trials at Skretting ARC, in Stavanger, Norway.
Last year, eniferBio was crowned the winner in the Nutreco Feed & Food Tech Challenge. The competition acknowledges the best breakthrough innovations within livestock farming, aquaculture and alternative food proteins, and is hosted by Nutreco, Skretting’s parent company. The grand prize included a scientific validation trial, and Skretting is excited to run the first tests with this product with the ultimate aim of commercialisation.
As part of Nutreco’s ambitious Sustainability RoadMap launched earlier this year, Skretting has committed to an inclusion of 5-10% ingredients from alternative novel sources by 2025.
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