Growth in the aquaculture and pet food industries has increased the demand for fishmeal, which delivers highly digestible protein and valuable omega-3s from a variety of species, qualities and countries. To help meet this demand, Omaha-based Scoular is accelerating the growth of its fishmeal business by:
- Investing with two partners in a $12 million fishmeal processing facility in Warrenton, Oregon, utilising local fish processing trimmings to serve pet food and aquaculture manufacturers. The facility, the first fishmeal production investment for Scoular in the United States, is expected to open in summer 2022.
- Launching a fishmeal facility in Myanmar in October 2021. It will provide high-quality, consistent and quick delivery to Asia feed markets. The facility is a key part of Scoular’s recent expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, including an expanded regional headquarters in Singapore.
- Hiring Chad Gauger as general manager for high nutritional value proteins. Gauger has 26 years of experience, including serving as Cargill’s Managing Director of Aquaculture Nutrition SE Asia and Global Risk Management Director for Animal Nutrition.
“Scoular has long been a leading global fishmeal partner that connects suppliers and customers with a full spectrum of fishmeal products and services,” said Steve Dahlblom, Scoular’s product group manager for marine meals, in a press release. “The brand Encompass represents the customized solutions, consistent quality and reliability that our global suppliers and customers trust Scoular to deliver without disruption.”
Scoular offers a year-round supply of marine proteins from more than 40 countries worldwide, including access to a large supply of sustainable products. Scoular has been involved in fishmeal globally for decades. The company is the largest importer of fishmeal in the United States, has a significant presence in Mexico and plans for aggressive global growth.
Focus on aquafeeds
Scoular is also set to open a new $13m barley protein concentrate processing plant in Idaho which will produce barley protein concentrate (BPC) for use in aquaculture feed and pet food. The plant follows an exclusive deal between Scoular and Montana Microbial Products (MMP) to produce and sell the BPC product in North America and in Asian markets.