SKRETTING, the world’s largest provider of feed for aquaculture is to build a state of the art plant for Atlantic sapphire’s land based salmon farm in Florida (pictured).

Skretting has also entered into an agreement to finance the feed factory , it said in a statement.

The announcement said a local feed plant will minimise the carbon footprint of transporting the feed to the facility, and is expected to cut the Company’s logistics cost, and thereby its cost of production, by approximately USD 0.3/kg head on gutted.

Atlantic Sapphire says that it has chosen to work with Skretting due to the company’s unparalleled track record in R&D and the two firms have committed to co-operate to develop specialist RAS salmon diets.

As well as reducing their carbon footprints, the two companies will work together to add novel ingredients to the feeds – in a bid to use zero marine ingredients in the salmon diets, while still maintaining high levels of Omega-3s in the finished product.

The statement added: “The all-in feed price will be determined by the actual cost per specific diet and can only be influenced by factors outside the control of Skretting.

Skretting CEO Therese Log Bergjord said: “The agreement contains contractual mechanisms to ensure that Atlantic Sapphire always has access to market leading salmon feeds in terms of both quality and value, while Skretting continues to exceed industry standards.

“With the long-term agreement that Skretting and Atlantic Sapphire have established, we are committed to increasing capacity to facilitate future growth of the land-based salmon industry in the US.”

Johan E. Andreassen, CEO of Atlantic Sapphire USA said its business case is centred on technological development and in-market production of delicious and healthy salmon with significant sustainability benefits compared to conventional ways of salmon farming.

“Having our most important production input locally fits perfectly with this strategy, as it reduces production cost and GHG emissions significantly, while at the same time accelerating the technological development of a customized feed for our Bluehouses that we expect will lead to higher productivity and output. “

He added: “Further, we see this agreement with the world’s leading salmon feed producer as a strong sign of confidence in our business case and future growth.”

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