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Cargill has entered into an agreement with Altor Fund III and Bain Capital Europe III to acquire EWOS, a global leader in salmon nutrition for 1.35 billion euros. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close before the end of the calendar year.
Cargill will acquire seven feed manufacturing facilities. The acquisition gives Cargill entry into the salmon market and will make Cargill’s animal nutrition business a leading player in the growing salmon feed industry, one of the most advanced and professionally managed segments in global aquaculture. As part of the transaction, Cargill will acquire seven feed manufacturing facilities; three in Norway, and one each in Chile, Canada, Scotland and Vietnam, as well as two state-of-the-art R&D centers located in Norway and Chile. EWOS produces more than 1.2 million metric tons of salmon feed for the biggest salmon producers in the world.
EWOS STEPS UP EFFORTS IN FISH HEALTH RESEARCH
EWOS invests USD 9.5 million in a new research centre named EWOS Fish Health Centre. The centre will be located in the Los Lagos region of Chile. Construction begins today.
“Food is important for health – this is the case for fish as well. Feed is a key part of the solution to improving fish health. Through research and innovation, we will offer our customers the best health feed products that can possibly be made,” commented EWOS CEO Einar Wathne.
The Board of EWOS Group has decided to invest over 80 million kroner in a new EWOS Fish Health Centre. The unit will be located in the Los Lagos region of Chile. Building permits and other necessary licenses are in place, and EWOS will start construction today February 23rd.
Record investment and continuing tradition
Health feeds are a priority for EWOS, particularly health feed for farmed salmon. Through our product development, we have contributed to a reduced dependence on medicines and environmentally controversial drugs in salmon farming. EWOS Innovation in Dirdal has through decades built up leading competency on research and innovation in this area. The units in Norway and Chile will cooperate and complement each other in the future.
CEO Einar Wathne commented:
“Through decades, EWOS has made bold investments in research and development. In 1996, we spent 20 million kroner to build the feed technology centre in Dirdal. Now we bring this tradition further. The investment we are now making, is as far as we know the largest investment in research and development made by a private operator in the salmon industry. A record investment of which we are proud, and an investment that will benefit both our company and the aquaculture industry in general.”
Adel El-Mowafi, Research Director at EWOS Innovation, expects that the unit in Chile will increase research capacity significantly:
“We will be able to do four to five times more studies each year and speed up our investigation into how feed can reduce the harmful effects of sea lice. We expect to quickly make new improvements on existing products and within two to three years we plan to launch new health feed products. Simultaneously, the new capacity will enable us to react even quicker to novel health challenges that may emerge in the future.”
EWOS Fish Health Centre will extend over 2950 square meters and contain systems for water purification, hatchery, research area and laboratories. From start-up, the centre will have 25-30 employees.
The researchers will focus on developing feed products that can help to combat challenges from sea lice, as well as the diseases like SRS and AGD.
“Threats such as sea lice and diseases are the most serious challenges to salmon farming. These threats limit opportunities for sustainable growth of the industry and also affect both reputation and financial results. Feed cannot solve this challenge alone. However, our results have shown that we can make an important contribution in partnership with other measures in the aquaculture industry. Through this record investment, we increase our contribution significantly,” commented Einar Wathne.
About EWOS Group:
Holds approximately 1/3 of the world market for feed for farmed salmon and trout
Sold over 1.1 million tonnes of feed in 2013, with revenues of more than NOK 10,8 billion
1,039 employees (2013)
Extensive research and development in fish nutrition and feed technology through EWOS Innovation in Norway and Chile
22 production lines in seven factories – three in Norway, as well as one in Chile, Canada, Scotland and Vietnam
Owned by Altor Equity Partners and Bain Capital
For further information, please contact:
Communications Manager Hanne Dankertsen
+47 994 49 173
New Method to Allow Sampling from Live Salmon
09 February 2015
NORWAY – EWOS Innovation is developing a new method which makes the sampling of pigment and fat on live Atlantic salmon possible within seconds, whilst keeping the fish alive.
“Today, conventional fish sampling methods means scarifying the fish to obtain quality samples, which are then grinded and analyzed. This is both costly and labor-intensive. With merely low pressure, our new method makes it possible to scan the fat level and color content in only a few second. In addition, we can send a happy, alive and kicking salmon right back into the cage after measuring,” said Product Manager Ernst Hevrøy.
Fat percentage and pigment
The main objective is to develop a method for measuring body fat percentage and pigment content in the fillet of Atlantic salmon while it is alive, using an ultra-compact near-infrared spectrophotometer, namely the MicroNIR.
An additional objective is to use the method for evaluation of the fat distribution, and to assess the general energy status of the fish.
Benefit for fish and process
MicroNIR will provide major benefits during fieldwork, both for the fish and the process. In production follow-up, quality sampling of the fish is a frequent task. MicroNIR makes this work considerably more efficient, since this method only require a few seconds to scan the fish fat level and color content.
Moreover, the fish stays alive and healthy, and can go right back into the fish pen after measurement.
The MicroNIR project owner is EWOS Norway. Researchers at EWOS Innovation develop the technical solutions, which are tested on fish samples together with the salmon breeding company Aqua Gen AS.
TheFishSite News Desk
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