Skretting Turkey, Metro Turkey and Hatko Aquaculture companies have teamed up to jointly develop the value-chain project ‘The Feed of Today is The Food of Tomorrow’. The resulting premium fish products -basically sea bream and sea bass- already have improved sustainability credentials, better growing conditions and health benefits for consumers.
In the first phase of the project, 150 tones of fish have been fed Marine Omega, with 180 tones of marine ingredients being substituted. The sea bream and sea bass produced in the project have been fed the specialized feed Marine Omega, from Skretting Turkey, containing Veramaris algal oil to maximize both the EPA & DHA omega-3 content, and reduce the inclusion of marine ingredients in the feed.
Following the first harvest, the products have been introduced to the market by Metro Turkey, expanding their nutritious and sustainable seafood offering. The market-ready fish contain more omega-3 fatty acids than other products on the market, providing highly valued benefits for consumers.
Today, the sea bream can be found on the shelves of Metro Turkey. Sea bass will be available from May 2022.
Quality seafood for future generations
The project was initiated in 2021 and Skretting Turkey is encouraged by the results so far: “The pandemic has emphasized the need for sustainable, healthy and local foods and revealed consumer expectations for companies to continue their operations in a conscious, transparent and ethical manner,” says Pinar Demir Soker, Technical Manager at Skretting Turkey.
“Through our global expertise in feed, we have developed a product that is a part of the solution in the journey of sustainability in food, so that we can leave sufficient, healthy, quality seafood for future generations,” he added.
For Skretting, this collaboration is an example of how the value chain can work together to respond to customer demands for nutritious, high quality and more sustainable seafood while also contributing to a more sustainable aquaculture sector overall.
Veramaris CEO, Karim Kurmaly says, “We know that both EPA & DHA Omega-3 are imperative for the health and quality of farmed fish and ultimately determine the nutritional benefits and quality the consumer needs. This collaboration is an example of how the value chain can work together to respond to customer demands for nutritious, high quality and more sustainable seafood while also contributing to a more sustainable aquaculture sector overall.”
Focusing on fish welfare
In addition to the health benefits of added omega-3 fatty acids, the project has also had a focus on fish welfare. The fish offered to consumers with the Metro Premium brand are grown at low density with 8-10 kilograms fish/m3 in Hatko Aquaculture pens.
“We know that one of the future challenges of aquaculture to meeting the healthy protein needs of the increasing world population will be access to ingredients that are sustainable and will not compete with human food. We are aware of our long-term responsibility to bring innovative solutions to combat this challenge,” concluded the Skretting Turkey General Manager, Ziya Özaydin.
Metro is an international retail company founded in Germany in 1964 and serving in more than 30 countries today. At the same time, they say, it is in the kitchen of business in order to preserve the Turkish culinary culture and values, to transfer these values to future generations and to ensure that this cuisine reaches the place it deserves in the world, together with the chefs who set their heart on Turkish cuisine.