ARTICLE F&A Alternative Proteins Edition April 2023 33 mation is still needed for the entire poultry chain. The consortium will move diligently forward on a science-based approach to evaluate potentially value-adding elements of chicken diets containing insect ingredients from the black soldier fly (BSF). INTERNATIONAL SCALE-UP Insect ingredients are gaining interest as a longterm solution to creating a sustainable and balanced feed and food system. However, obtaining the volume of insect ingredients needed in the same consistent quality with the reliability of on-time supply seems a challenge for manufacturers. Protix understands very well that demand for proven ingredients and concepts is growing, and is now on the verge of a major scale-up of its operations to reliably supply insect ingredients in a consistently high quality on a global scale. By harnessing the remarkable capabilities of the black soldier fly and the benefits of collaborative partnerships with key industry stakeholders, Protix aims to release the power of insect-based nutrition. A long-term view of sustainability is essential if nature is to be brought back into balance, creating a sustainable future for everyone. In ponds … Farmed seafood is an important source of protein, but growth is constrained by the farmed seafood industry’s reliance on marine ingredients in aquaculture feed. The aquafeed industry is increasingly seeking sustainable sources of protein and fats while maintaining feed palatability and health benefits. To address this challenge, leading Netherlands-based shrimp importer Klaas Puul has formed a consortium with Nutreco-owned Skretting, the largest shrimp feed manufacturer in Ecuador, and Dutch sustainable feed ingredient suppliers Protix and Veramaris to supply supermarkets across Europe with more sustainable shrimp produced in Latin America. Albert Heijn, the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands and part of global retailer Ahold Delhaize, is the first retailer to commit to the project. Through this initiative, Skretting Ecuador will produce a new feed that among others will partly replace two ingredients, fishmeal and fish oil, increasing the diversity and flexibility and reducing the marine footprint in feed formulations. The aim is to reduce supply chain risks and provide more sustainable seafood. This includes increasing the use of novel ingredients and by-products in feed, and sourcing deforestation-free soy. …and on land In land-based farming, the challenge of delivering high-quality feed is compounded by the fact that any change in the feed that affects shrimp performance is immediately apparent, so consistency of the ingredients is particularly important. Even minor changes such as oxidation of the raw material of feed can have an impact. Land-based shrimp farming specialists Oceanloop Group therefore joined forces with Protix and a handful of other key players in the aquaculture sector to develop a new local shrimp feed exclusively for land-based shrimp. The new product, called SHR EX, replaces marine protein with locally produced insect protein from a local and circular process. The product is not only more sustainable; initial research also shows a significant improvement in shrimp growth and survival rates while maintaining shrimp welfare and meeting increasing demand from consumers for locally sourced ingredients. SUSTAINABLE SHRIMP FOR HEALTH About Suzanne van den Eshof With almost 20 years of marketing experience in B2C, B2B and Durables, Suzanne is passionate about food and sustainability. She loves investigating new avenues and shaping the future in collaboration with partners across the value chain. Suzanne holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. She also completed a Marketing Excellence Programme at the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.