June 29, 2020
BioMar scales up RAS, fry feed production in Denmark
BioMar has announced that its new production line in Brande, Denmark, is now fully operational.
The line is dedicated to recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and fry aquaculture feed production and is the result of a kr.100 million (US$15.1 million) investment that has enabled BioMar to increase the annual capacity of the Danish facility by 25%.
BioMar's Danish feed production facility is situated in what is described as "the heart of the Silicon Valley for RAS" in the Jutland region of Denmark. Jutland is home to leading RAS companies from technology providers to fish producers who have been supplying the industry for over 30 years.
As such, BioMar has a full focus on feeds for land-based farming and can accelerate efforts in the area with a dedicated taskforce.
"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", said Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.
The Danish production facility has experienced organic growth in recent years, thus BioMar's decision made two years ago to invest and expand capacity of the site. The facility now deals with specially designed feeds for more than 40 aquaculture species, including trout, salmon and yellowtail kingfish. The investment project has also been able to increase the facility's overall capacity by 25% to 160,000 tonnes of feeds produced annually.
Anders Brandt-Clausen, managing director of BioMar Denmark said that "installing an extra production line at a facility, that is in daily operation, was challenging, particularly in the last few months of the process" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Thanks to our highly skilled and dedicated people, we have been able to successfully manage the process without compromising daily operations and scheduled deliverables," Brandt-Clausen added.
Aquaculture feeds from the new line have been tested for the past months and shown impressive results. BioMar's premium range of fry feeds that were produced revealed an "extraordinary" technical quality parameters, the company said. Pellets coming out of the line have a much better diameter:length ratio. The inter-size gap of feeds has been improved with a smoother transition between pellet sizes.
Additionally, the better process control technology of the line will further strengthen BioMar's ability to focus more on physical quality parameters like sinking speed and water stability.
"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," said Brandt-Clausen.