September 27, 2021
BioMar Ecuador ramps up with four new lines for extruded feed
BioMar Group has announced on September 23 an ambitious plan for an expansion of capacity for extruded feed in Ecuador.
The two-phase installation will bring a total of four new lines with a combined capacity of 200,000 tonnes at BioMar’s facilities in Guayaquil.
The company announced a comprehensive investment plan for its business unit in Ecuador, to further support an expanded product portfolio for high performing shrimp feed in Ecuador.
In addition the new lines, the investment includes new land, a transformation of the current factory layout and an upgrade of existing pelletising equipment. The investments are part of preparation for the introduction of new advanced shrimp feed concepts, which are planned for launch in the market from 2022.
"We are planning for a new range of high performing products as well as new functional feeds targeting the unique farming practice and environmental parameters encountered in Ecuador," Henrik Aarestrup, vice-president (LATAM; shrimp and hatchery) in BioMar Group, said.
"Furthermore, we see larger farmers in the market being ready to start up the process of co-designing tailored product ranges towards the markets in US and Europe focusing on both feed composition and environmental footprint, farming practice and quality of the resulting shrimp, enabling a targeted positioning of the shrimp towards retailers and endconsumers. This requires both more capacity but also more flexibility in our production set-up.
"We have (in other species) been designing products with specific nutritional and sustainability profiles (for many years), together with farmers, retailers and suppliers. We recently started the same type of collaboration in the shrimp sector in Ecuador, and we have a range of tools enabling us to document our impact on the planet at the same time as we optimise farming results."
Aarestrup added: "We believe the Ecuadorian shrimp sector is increasingly well positioned to continue to grow in the years… focusing on value added products for consumers and sustainability. We are sure that a combination of extruded and pelletised feed solutions combined with increased flexibility on feed ingredients will offer the right opportunities for optimal feeding practises within different farming environments in Ecuador."