October 11, 2019
Delacon's debut Asia event explores different facets of sustainability
Sharing the unique story of how Delacon has been a pioneer in replacing the folk belief in phytogenic substances with scientific knowledge, Markus Dedl, CEO, Delacon, spoke on the "Past, Present and Future" of phytogenics in the first presentation of the day.
Notably, he shared that in 2018 about 23 million tonnes of compound feed was produced containing Delacon products and know-how, which represents close to 2.3% of the yearly worldwide compound feed output.
With the previously announced new hub in Austria expected to commence production by June 2020, the company aims to raise its influence to more than 10% of global feed output.
But beyond simply expanding its production of phytogenics, Delacon believes in unlocking the plant universe of more than 250,000 species to positively impact the lives of more people. This broad belief in sustainability even extends to the day-to-day operations at the office and production facilities at the new hub, where 100% of energy used is renewable.
This commitment to sustainability was echoed by the next speaker from IKEA of Sweden, Christoph Mathiesen, who is sustainability developer, Category Area Food. He answered the curious question on "Why IKEA, the global furniture company, is engaged in food sustainability and animal feed". Food currently contributes 5% of IKEA's total turnover, and the company also aims for 100% use of renewable energy.
Besides renewable energy and the sustainability impacts of phytogenics, Delacon is also very much concerned about the issue of reducing the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs).
During a question and answer session with speaker Otavio Augusto Lopes, who is Consumer Goods, Food & Agribusiness Digital Strategist, Accenture, Markus Dedl asked about use cases for digital technologies which support the shift to reduce AGPs. Lopes highlighted technologies which track and trace the presence of AGPs, and provide for dynamic, precision feeding.
Indeed, the different aspects of sustainability — production performance, environmental impact, animal welfare, consumer preference — are often interdependent, as neatly summarised by Dr. Jan Dirk van der Klis, product development and innovation director at Delacon.
The second day of Delacon Phytogenic Connection 2019 continues on October 11 with a focus on the sharing of best practices among regional and global integrated farms.