Ireland-based Alltech has entered into a strategic alliance with Dutch-based feed firm Cop-pens International and Brazil’s fish food manufacture Gaubi to develop solutions for the world’s fastest-growing animal feed industry, aquaculture.
“The opportunities between Coppens, Guabi and Alltech are exciting,” said Paulo Rigolin, strategic director for Alltech.
“You have leaders in two different regions — Latin America and Europe — combining technology and expertise from more than 20 years of working in aquaculture. This strength is underpinned by Alltech, a leader in numerous agricultural sectors, including aquaculture.”
While aquaculture feed is the fastest-growing animal nutrition sector, according to Alltech, the firm said the industry faces a number of challenges: a limited supply of fish oil from over-fished oceans and increasing demand for more sustainable seafood are two of the challenges forcing the industry to deliver sustainable feed.
The three companies plan to research technology that can drive smarter and more sustainable feed solutions for the aquaculture industry. Algae technology is one area of focus.
The three companies will also share information on feed formulations, manufacturing techniques and raw material use.
“We have seen aquaculture as key to our global growth for many years now, and the work with Coppens and Guabi allows us to be able to provide our customers with feeds incorporating the All-tech technologies that we believe are most critical to improving health and performance,” said Dr Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.