July 4, 2022
Innovafeed and Cargill extend partnership to bring novel ingredients to aquafarmers
Cargill and Innovafeed have expressed their commitment to actions that identify and grow planet-friendly ingredients, find new ways to reuse by-products and develop fish nutrition that promotes and enhances the health of farmed fish.
An agreement between both companies combines Innovafeed's expertise in formulating precision insect ingredients and Cargill's global animal nutrition capabilities to scale up the use of insect ingredients in multiple types of animal feed. Under this new contract, Cargill will benefit from high-performance and sustainable ingredients for salmonids.
Insect-based feed has become a competitive alternative to other sources of protein at all levels, including nutrition, production and sustainability.
Reducing CO2emissions in the aquaculture industry is core to the Cargill's SeaFurther Sustainability Initiative. Leveraging Innovafeed's high-quality insect meal in aquafeed saves up to 16,000 tonnes of CO2for every 10,000 tonnes of insect protein.
Together, Cargill and Innovafeed maximise the use of resources to create a high-quality feed with much less waste. Co-products of the agriculture industry are used to feed black soldier fly larvae. Once the larvae reach a certain stage, protein and oil are extracted from the larvae, which can be used in Cargill's feed for aquaculture species, and young animals such as chicks and piglets.
"A contract of this size and scope for insect ingredients in aquafeed is a first in our industry and marks a major milestone in favour of more sustainable and efficient animal feed, thanks to novel ingredients and insects more specifically," said Clément Ray, Innovafeed's co-founder and chief executive officer.
Innovafeed is transforming the feed industry and broadening the basket of performant and sustainable ingredients available to the aquafeed formulators. Insect-based feed has become a competitive alternative to other sources of protein at all levels, including nutrition, production and sustainability.
Additionally, growing insects require no land, fertiliser and pesticides, and uses minimal fresh water and energy for production.
Helene Ziv-Douki, president of Cargill's aqua nutrition business, said: "We have a shared purpose with Innovafeed: offering innovative, sustainable solutions to meet the nutritional needs of our customers and a growing population."