American agribusiness firm Cargill opened a $1.25 million research laboratory at Cargill’s Innovation Center campus in Dirdal, Norway to develop feed for fish farming, the company announced by press release on Thursday.
“We are delighted to open our new laboratory in Dirdal. Having world-class laboratory capabilities sitting right next to our fish trial units and our feed processing research center will strengthen the performance of our products by giving us greater abilities to understand the interaction of raw materials, nutrients, and feed manufacturing,” said Daniel Barziza, global aqua R&D director at Cargill, in a statement.
The 550-sq-m facility contains 402-sq-m of laboratory space and 143-sq-m of lab office space, housing 11 employees who will perform R&D activities and support the company’s pilot plant, sea site fish trials, and aqua scientists.
Barziza said the new facility “will also enhance our raw material development work and build on our leading knowledge in this area, allowing us to accelerate our product development programs and introduce new solutions to market more quickly.”
Cargill opened a $10.5 million fish health center in Chile within the past year, and operates other facilities globally to research breakthroughs in aqua feed.