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Aquafeed firm to phase out South American soya

Aller Aqua has pledged to purchase soya for its aquafeeds closer to its factories, rather than from South America, due to fears of deforestation

As a result, the company has pledged that its four European factories will exclusively purchase regionally produced soya by the end of the year.

Aller Aqua has feed mills in Serbia (pictured), Germany, Denmark, Poland, China, Zambia and Egypt

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, vice president of Aller Aqua Group.

“Our four European factories have already begun this process. In 2019, 50 percent of the soya we used in our European factories were regionally produced, and during 2020, this number will reach 100 percent. This is completely in line with EU initiatives supporting an increased production of protein crops to increase our self-sufficiency – and thereby reduce import.”