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September feed update: What did you miss?

All About Feed wraps up the latest updates and business developments from September to ensure you don’t miss a thing in the global animal feed industry.

Evonik launches GuanAMINO

Evonik has launched its own guanidinoacetic acid-product, GuanAMINO, used to enhance energy metabolism in livestock production. The new product provides farm animals with the natural creatine precursor GAA, which supplies creatine to animals, improving their performance, ensuring optimal nutrient utilisation and therefore return over feed costs, according to the company, adding that its addition to animal feed results in significantly improved feed conversion in livestock.

AB Vista: Whitepaper on fibre for animal performance

Following the release of ‘An Introduction to Fibre Analysis Using NIR’ in July, AB Vista has published a new whitepaper, ‘Peeling Back the Layers of Fibre for Animal Performance’ which discusses misconceptions about dietary fibre and explores the potential of non-starch polysaccharides analysis through near infrared to bring new insights related to fibre composition, and outlines the tools available for producers to extract value of the dietary fibre through the modulation of gut microbiome and better performance. A free copy of the whitepaper is available for download.

Photo: AB Vista
Photo: AB Vista

European Fly Genetics a new player in insect production

French Groupe Grimaud and Bulgarian Start-up Nasekomo announce the launch of Fly Genetics, a joint venture to supply the insect-based bioconversion industry with improved black soldier flies. The insect-based bioconversion industry recycles agricultural waste streams into high value-added proteins. Large amounts of organic by-products are fed to black soldier fly larvae, which convert organic nutrients into their own body mass, which are then harvested and processed into protein that can be included as an ingredient in feed. The alliance will work together on new black soldier fly strains to increase insect bioconversion efficiency. The new company plans to market its black soldier flies from the second half of 2021.

DuPont opens manufacturing facility in Wuxi, China

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, with a portfolio of feed enzymes, betaine, phytogenics and probiotics, has opened a new animal nutrition manufacturing facility in Wuxi, China, to provide the local animal production industry with customised solutions and a larger range of packaging sizes.

Photo: DuPont
Photo: DuPont

Nutreco: Feed & Food Tech Challenge 2020 finalists and winner

Nutreco has announced the winner for its Feed & Food Tech Challenge 2020, which aims to acknowledge breakthrough innovations within livestock farming, aquaculture and alternative food proteins. Finland-based biotech startup, eniferBio, has won not only in the aquaculture category with the idea to reinvent the Pekilo process to use it to provide a sustainable new feed ingredient to the aquaculture industry, but are the overall winners, too. In the livestock category, the data management and analytics platform showcased by Israeli startup, Poultrix, were finalists. The platform aims to make livestock production more efficient, sustainable and responsible through remote and real-time monitoring for immediate control. In the alternative proteins category, the pet food startup company, Bond Pet Foods, impressed with their high-quality cultured animal proteins which are harvested to better meet the nutritional requirements of companion animals.

Photo: Nutreco
Photo: Nutreco

Adisseo signs agreement to acquire FRAmelco

Adisseo has announced the signature of an agreement to acquire FRAmelco Group, a family-owned Dutch feed additives company headquartered in the Netherlands which operates 3 plants located in the Netherlands, Spain and Thailand. Most of FRAmelco sales are made of glycerides (short and medium chain fatty acids) and lysolecithins to improve feed digestibility.

ICC Brazil reports 10% increase in sales

ICC Brazil, a company in the production of yeast-based animal nutrition, recorded an increase of 10% in the sale of its products in the last 3 months. ICC Brazil has a variety of 100% natural products, which it says increases performance of animals. One of its main products, ImmunoWall, a yeast cell wall with high concentrations of MOS and B-glucans, controls pathogens and has an immunomodulating action, favouring a faster and more effective response. ICC also offers Hilyses, which has free nucleotides and nucleosides, enhancing cell multiplication and ensuring that the animal reaches its maximum potential. It is especially suitable for the early stages of growth, reproduction, lactation, periods of stress, and significant challenges. For ruminants, RumenYeast is composed mainly of fermentation metabolites, and is the ideal nutrition for the ruminal microbiota, in addition to promoting the improvement of intestinal health and strengthening of the immune system. It acts by maintaining the pH and stimulating cellulolytic bacteria, thus improving rumen conditions and maximising animal performance and welfare.

DuPont Animal Nutrition partners with Proteon Pharmaceuticals

DuPont Animal Nutrition has entered into a partnership with Proteon Pharmaceuticals to bring the emerging bacteriophage technology to poultry producers in selected countries, strengthening DuPont’s gut health solutions for poultry and helping to further mitigate antimicrobial resistance. The threat of antimicrobial resistance sparked recent investment into bacteriophage technologies. Modern analytics and omics technologies have enabled screening and identification of bacteriophage candidates for a specific bacterial challenge, with significant feed and food safety implications.

Photo: DuPont
Photo: DuPont

Anpario records double-digit sales and profits increase

Anpario saw sales rise 13% to £16.2m and a 24% improvement in adjusted EBITDA to £3.4m in the 6 months to 30 June 2020. Strong sales growth was reported particularly in the Americas, Asia and Europe among its phytogenics and acid-based eubiotic products. Gross profits rose by 20% helped by the contribution from the liquid bottling plant, commissioned in July 2019, enabling the Group to bring previously toll-manufactured products in-house.

TruGro by Layn earns NASC preferred supplier for animals and pets

Layn Natural Ingredients has announced that TruGro by Layn has earned the accreditation as a preferred supplier from the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). NASC preferred suppliers must meet certain criteria, including cGMP operations, quality, compliance, safety, certifications and other practices. Being recognised as a pre-qualified preferred supplier ensures that TruGro by Layn natural ingredient solutions for pet supplements have been thoroughly validated.