Innovation

Overall Research & Development Goals

RG&O: Overall R&D goals (item 1) Improved product performance

Improved product performance

BioMar constantly seeks to improve the economics of aquaculture production by improving product performance. For instance, feed costs often account for 50-60 % of the production cost of fish, which is why feed performance is a major competitive parameter for BioMar.

RG&O: Overall R&D goals (item 2) Improved growth...

Improved growth ratio and feed conversion ratio

Main performance criteria targeted are growth and feed conversion. The feed conversion ratio, defined as the amount of feed needed to produce a kilo of fish, is also a major aspect of feed performance in relation to environmental issues, e.g. sustainability.

RG&O: Overall R&D goals (item 3) Recipe optimisation

Recipe optimisation

Specialized software balancing nutrition and cost is used in our factories to bring R&D knowledge into real life feed. 

RG&O: Overall R&D goals (item 4) Sustainability

Sustainability

BioMar's development programme on sustainability, BioSustain, includes an evaluation on all raw materials. We seek to source raw materials that can demonstrate to have come from sustainable sources or have a clear and defined ambition to be certified as sustainable.

Other focus areas

RG&O: Other focus areas (item, text only)

While the above mentioned themes set the overall objectives, a number of different themes are also included in BioMar's research and development programmes, as each of them plays an important role in making it possible to develop the aquaculture business.

Fish health is one of the keys to fish growth and survival, and thereby the economic result for fish farmers. It is therefore an integral part of all research and development programmes at BioMar.

Another very important theme in BioMar’s Research & Development programmes is the harvest quality of fish in terms of flesh structure, taste, and nutritional value in human consumption. This has led to several ground breaking feed novelties.

Feeding strategies that cater for the nutritional needs of different fish species in the different stages of their life cycle are also important parts of our feed development work.

Special research programmes focus on the development of feed for new species in aquaculture. Important aquaculture feed novelties are steadily coming up.

Finally, the physical quality in terms of pellet durability oil retention, and sinking speed as well as environmental performance are other aspects, which are essential in BioMar’s Research & Development process.