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£12 million invested in RAS feed production

Formulated feed Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) +3 more

A new line dedicated to RAS and fry aquaculture feed production has been opened by BioMar in Denmark.

BioMar's feed mill in Jutland

The new line is the result of a DKK 100 million (£12 million) investment that has enabled BioMar to increase the annual capacity of its Danish facility by 25 percent.

Situated in Jutland, it is close to many of the world’s leading RAS companies, allowing BioMar to focus on feeds for land-based farming.

“Being situated in an area with a long history of RAS research and development has enabled us to be first movers in RAS feeds and will continue to be crucially important in the innovation development of feeds for land-based farming. There is good recognition for our RAS feeds globally and our ambitions for this growing segment are high,” stated Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.

The Danish production facility has experience in specially designed feeds for more than 40 aquaculture species, including trout, salmon and yellowtail kingfish. The investment project has been able to increase the overall capacity to 160,000 tonnes.

Anders Brandt-Clausen, managing director of BioMar Denmark explains: “Installing an extra production line into a facility that is in daily operation was challenging, particularly in the last few months of the process where we all have been working under extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID-19 situation. Thanks to our highly skilled and dedicated people, we have been able to successfully manage the process without compromising the daily operations and scheduled deliverables”.

Aquaculture feeds from the new line have been tested through the last couple of months and, according to BioMar, have shown impressive results.

“Pellets coming out of the new line are now in a much better diameter: length ratio, the inter-size gap has been improved for at smoother transition between pellet sizes. The improved process control technology on the new line will further strengthen BioMar’s ability to focus on more physical quality parameters such as sinking speed and water stability,” stated the company.

“We have just been through the fry feed season and we received very positive feedback from farmers around the world on the quality and performance of the products,” concluded Brandt-Clausen.

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