The eniferBio team (l-r) Anssi Rantasalo, Joosu Kuivanen, Simo Ellilä, Heikki Keskitalo and Ville Pihlajaniemi Photo: eniferBioThe eniferBio team (l-r) Anssi Rantasalo, Joosu Kuivanen, Simo Ellilä, Heikki Keskitalo and Ville Pihlajaniemi Photo: Skretting

Skretting is one step closer to realising its sustainability ambitions with the trialling of a new ingredient made by Finnish biotech start-up, eniferBio.

Testing of the new Pekilo mycoprotein will begin at Skretting’s Aquaculture Research Centre in Norway.

“We have been working closely with the eniferBio team to support them and help speed up the process to receive a commercially relevant novel ingredient for the first validation at our salmon R&D facilities in Norway,” says Jenna Bowyer, category manager novel ingredients, Skretting.

To produce the quantity required for Skretting testing, eniferBio has teamed up with agriculture company, Tereos. Tereos provided the raw material for the trial, in the form of vinasse, a by-product from the production of ethanol from beet molasses which is converted by the eniferBio process into the protein ingredient for aquaculture feed.

An alternative to marine and soy protein, Pekilo will now be used in salmon feeding trials at Skretting’s ARC. As part of Nutreco’s Sustainability RoadMap launched earlier this year, Skretting has committed to an inclusion of 5 to 10 per cent of ingredients from alternative novel sources by 2025.

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