ADM Seeks To Expand Reach Of Functional Foods For Shrimp And Fish In Asia
The animal nutrition specialist is also reportedly looking to develop a product in China similar to its industrially supporting coated probiotic food L. vannameiShrimp production, Vanalis Pro, which is made in Vietnam and launched in some Southeast Asian markets last year.
“The Chinese market is one of our next targets, but a coated probiotic food product such as Vanalis Pro should be adapted to local shrimp requirements”Said Marc Campet, business development director for ADM Aquaculture in Asia.
The food giant is increasingly focusing on the aquaculture segment in terms of growth strategy for animal nutrition in Asia, and functional shrimp and fish feed from Ocialis will be an important part of this effort. expansion. The company plans to launch two to three new products in its Life Defense category over the next 12 months, Campet added.
India is not, however, a target market for the company’s functional foods business at this time: âThe shrimp feed market in India is very competitive and farmers there have had a difficult season due to the impact of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the disease burden. We do not currently have the capacity to produce functional shrimp feed there either and exporting from our Vietnamese base to India would not make sense. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
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To be truly effective, the functional feeds and corresponding consulting services the company offers to farmers must be tailored to the specific industrial and environmental conditions of a given shrimp market, noted Christophe Blondet, vice president of product development. and applications, animal nutrition, ADM, when it comes to the company’s expansion plans.
“The production of shrimp is very diversified in Asia and in the world. We have to position a product and the advice we give accordingly. Another aspect is that the composition of a product [like Vanalis Pro] needs special additives, and registration is always the challenge; another obstacle is production, because we need a specific type of industrial plant to be able to produce this type of functional food, to ensure the stability, homogeneity and quality of the product.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
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Designed by ADM to provide a higher number of probiotic bacteria in the diet at a lower cost than topcoat probiotic foods in the Vietnamese market, the company has invested in high-end equipment for its production plant. ‘Ocialis shrimp feed in this market to coat feed them directly with probiotics at the end of the manufacturing process.
The basis for the development of Vanalis Pro was a demand for such a product by an international player based in Australia, explained Campet. âShe was interested in a consolidated solution for her farm, a product with nutritional, dietary and pathological benefits. We developed such a custom product for this company three years ago. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
ADM’s in-house experts from the Epicore activity provided know-how relating to the probiotic element. Today, Epicore supplies the cocktail of various Bacillus strains used in Vanalis Pro, which are fermented, manufactured and imported directly from the United States to ensure quality and traceability.
The coated probiotic feed has been available to shrimp farmers in Vietnam since June 2020, following a series of in vitro and in vivo trials conducted locally during its development phase. September of last year saw a wider release, with Vanalis Pro exported to other Southeast Asian markets where the food group is active, the Philippines in particular.
ADM’s technical team follows key accounts in Vietnam to ensure product matches performance, Campet said.
Regarding the performance of the functional feed in the field, the company observed a significant increase in the survival and yields of shrimp and a reduction in the present levels of pathogenic bacteria such as Vibrio sp. in the gut of shrimp, he says.
âThis means that, per square meter, farmers are able to produce more.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
âOur coating process guarantees precise dosage and protection of the probiotic, which results in good absorption of the additive by the shrimp. added Blondet.