Innovafeed and Cargill extend their partnership to bring healthy novel ingredients to aquafarmers

Expanding from three years to 10, the global partnership will jointly develop and market insect meals to help aqua feed customers raise more sustainable seafood with less environmental impact.

The aquaculture industry has focused its role on ocean stewardship and addressing the sustainability of food systems. Cargill and Innovafeed are committed to actions that identify and grow planet-friendly ingredients, find new ways to reuse by-products and develop fish nutrition that promotes and enhances the health of farmed fish.

The agreement combines Innovafeed’s expertise in formulating precision insect ingredients and Cargill’s global animal nutrition capabilities to scale up the use of insect ingredients in multiple types of animal feed. Under this new contract, the latter will benefit from sustainable ingredients for salmonids. The insect-based feed has become a competitive alternative to other sources of protein at all levels, including nutrition, production and sustainability.

Reducing CO2 emissions in the aquaculture industry is core to Cargill’s SeaFurther Sustainability Initiative. Leveraging Innovafeed’s insect meal in aquafeed is said to save up to 16,000 tons of CO2 for every 10,000 tons of insect protein.

Together, Cargill and Innovafeed maximise the use of resources to create a feed with less waste. Co-products of the agriculture industry are used to feed black soldier fly larvae. Once the larvae reach a certain stage, protein and oil are extracted from the larvae, which can be used in Cargill’s feed for aquaculture species, and young animals such as chicks and piglets.

Clément Ray, co-founder and CEO of Innovafeed, said: “A contract of this size and scope for insect ingredients in aquafeed is a first in our industry and marks a major milestone in favour of more sustainable and efficient animal feed, thanks to novel ingredients and insects more specifically.”

Innovafeed aims to transform the feed industry and broaden the basket of performant and sustainable ingredients available to the aquafeed formulators. The insect-based feed has become a competitive alternative to other sources of protein at all levels, including nutrition, production and sustainability. And have a minimal environmental footprint.

Helene Ziv-Douki, president of Cargill’s aqua nutrition business, concluded: “We have a shared purpose with Innovafeed – offering innovative, sustainable solutions to meet the nutritional needs of our customers and a growing population.”