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BioMar and Agronutris partner on insect meals

June 26, 2023  By Hatchery International staff

BioMar and Agronutris have signed a long-term partnership to develop the next generation of black soldier fly meals specifically designed for the needs of the aquaculture industry. 

“Black soldier fly meal has always been an interesting prospect that could be well suited for aquafeeds. In Agronutris we have found a partner that shares our mission and dedication to reducing the environmental impacts of our aquafeeds. They have developed a scalable model for black soldier fly able to meet the nutritional and sustainability profile required by us and the industry,” said Fernando Norambuena, global category manager – Novel Raw Materials at BioMar.

The Agronutris solution is bringing a stable product with a high sustainability performance demonstrated by a robust life-cycle assessment. Agronutris has created an approach by which there is a clear vision of moving from a novel source of protein into an ingredient from a circular economy that has an impact at a scale relevant to the aquaculture industry.

“A truly sustainable insect meal should be decoupled from the human food supply chain and fed off a substrate based on waste foods and by-products. With Agronutris, we see a viable, scalable model for producing black soldier fly meal that could see this product become a good source of nutrition in aquaculture,” said Vidar Gundersen, global sustainability director at BioMar.

There is an alignment between Agronutris’ mission to supply low environmental impact alternatives and BioMar, which has placed sustainability at the heart of its future strategy with the aim of 50 per cent of ingredients from a circular and restorative economy and lowering its feed carbon footprint by one third by 2030. 

“As novel raw material manufacturers continue to evolve their product offerings, we will see more collaborations in BioMar like this,” said Norambuena.

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