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Nutreco enters cell-based seafood venture


February 14, 2020
By Hatchery International staff

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Nutreco has announced a strategic partnership with cell-based seafood start-up BlueNalu. This announcement follows earlier news about Nutreco’s collaboration with cell-based meat start-up Mosa Meat. These partnerships amplify Nutreco’s commitment to “feeding the future” with science-based innovations that advance sustainability across the value chain, the company said.

“Nutreco and its customers share critical challenges when it comes to delivering on Nutreco’s mission of feeding the future,” a statement from Nutreco said. The food and feed industry must meet a growing demand for high-quality protein. This demand is driven by a growing population – estimated to rise to almost 10 billion by 2050 – but also by more affluent consumers demanding more diversified diets – including protein, it added.

“Our strategic partnerships are all designed to ensure Nutreco plays its part in ensuring there is enough sustainable food to feed the growing population,” Nutreco CEO, Rob Koremans said. “Mosa Meat and BlueNalu are developing very exciting technology that could potentially transform the way in which our industry feeds the future and we are thrilled to contribute to these developments. A future opportunity for Nutreco may include becoming an ingredient supplier to the cell-based protein industry.”

Mosa Meat is a Netherlands-based company developing real, non-GMO meat grown directly from cells – also known as cultivated meat, cultured meat and cell-based meat.

BlueNalu is pioneering “cellular aquaculture,” in which living cells are isolated from fish tissue, placed into culture media for proliferation, and then assembled into fresh and frozen seafood products, according to the company’s website.

The partnerships with BlueNalu and Mosa Meat are made through Nutreco’s strategic innovation and investment team, NuFrontiers, and build on the research, ingredient sourcing and protein expertise of Nutreco companies, Skretting and Trouw Nutrition.