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BioMar Ecuador announces four new lines for extruded shrimp feed

September 24, 2021  By Hatchery International Staff

BioMar Group's site, located in Ecuador. Photo: BioMar Group

BioMar Group has announced its investment plan to expand the capacity for extruded shrimp feed in Ecuador. The two-phased installation will bring a total of four new lines with a combined capacity of 200,000 tons at BioMar’s facilities in Guayaquil.

The investment includes new land, a transformation of the current factory layout, upgrade of existing pelletizing equipment, and four new lines for extruded feed. The investments are part of preparations for the introduction of new advanced shrimp feed concepts, which are planned to launch in the market in 2022.

“We are planning for a new range of high performing products as well as new functional feeds targeting the unique farming practice and environmental parameters encountered in Ecuador. Furthermore, we see larger farmers in the market being ready to start-up the process of co-designing tailored product ranges towards the markets in U.S. and Europe focusing on both feed composition and environmental footprint, farming practice and quality of the resulting shrimp, enabling a targeted positioning of the shrimp towards retailers and end-consumers. This requires both more capacity but also more flexibility in our production set-up,” explains Henrik Aarestrup, VP LATAM, Shrimp & Hatchery in BioMar Group.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ecuadorian shrimp export has gone through significant transformation and diversification, putting it in an ideal position to continue growing in the coming years.


“ We are sure that a combination of extruded and pelletized feed solutions combined with increased flexibility on feed ingredients will offer the right opportunities for optimal feeding practises within different farming environments in Ecuador,” concludes Aarestrup.

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