BioMar, one of the leading suppliers of high performance feed to the aquaculture industry worldwide, announced the launch of a new pellet size in the INICIO Plus product family. “Fish farmers’ favorite starter feed INICIO Plus is now available in a smaller pellet size, making an interesting alternative for feeding of fry across various species”, they report.
The new INICIO Plus pellets have a diameter size of 0.35 mm and is optimized for covering the nutritional requirements of the fry and for giving an “improved feeding experience”. This extension in pellet size range of INICIO Plus offers a robust and sound growth for many fish species, including trout, salmon, and others. Prior to launch, INICIO Plus 0.35 mm pellets have been tested in various ways including trials on commercial hatcheries.
“BioMar’s new production line, dedicated to fry and RAS feeds, at the Danish factory, gives results beyond expectations. We are very happy to be able to produce extruded pellets in such small size. Satisfying the nutritional needs of the fry enhances good growth in the production of sound and robust fry, says Iannis Karacostas, Technical Director, BioMar EMEA. The formulation of our new INICIO Plus pellets is based on comprehensive knowledge in fish nutrition and feed production techniques gathered by our Global R&D department, combined with a continuous and close collaboration with customers all over the world.
According to the company, an in addition to an optimized nutritional coverage, the new INICIO Plus 0.35 mm pellets provide less dust and thereby lead to less feed wasted, compared to the use of granulates. Utilizing INICIO Plus is possible to create a cleaner water environment to the young fry.
At these early life stages this leads to a better conversion of the nutrients contained in the feed. State of the art production methods and innovative design solutions secure slow sinking speed of the pellets, allowing for a good feeding success of the fry.
The new member of the INICIO Plus family gives the necessary boost to the fry. By combining the probiotic Bactocell® and the multi-strains yeast fraction B-WYSETM, INICIO Plus feeds help stimulate the immune system of the fry and provide high survival rates. A special mix of antioxidant vitamins and gut modulating ingredients are also included in the feed formula to improve performance parameters of the fry.
One of the hatcheries that have run the trials is Danish RAS based trout farm FREA A/S. There, farm manager Henrik Christensen is supervising the feeding of the fry. According to the manager, the INICIO Plus 0.35 mm pellet delivers to his expectations: “The physical quality of the 0.35 mm pellet allows for a slow speed of sinking of the feed particles. This provides a larger time frame for feed uptake to the fry and by this, they are given better conditions for optimal feed conversion. These are parameters that need to be optimal for giving optimal conditions to each single fry to be well prepared, sound, and robust in their ongrowing life.”
“We strongly believe and hope that this innovative feed solution will make a difference for both the fish and the farmers. Feeding with the nutrients delivered by the new INICIO Plus pellets is a step forward in providing the best feeding experience, Iannis Karacostas concludes.”
Solid growth across markets
In the other hand, the quarterly release from BioMar reveals as expected a solid growth across markets with a significant increase in volumes and revenue. However, they report in a press release, the bottom-line results are affected by global increases in raw material prices, logistic costs, and energy prices.
During the pandemic, BioMar has managed to grow commercial relationships across the divisions through strong collaboration with customers to build new feed concepts and commercial opportunities. The commercial success is being emphasized by the quarterly results for Q3 2021, where the volume sales grew by 11% year-on-year and reported revenue was up by 17%.
“Looking at the world around us, we are now in the middle of a situation that is completely changing factors of our industry’s cost structure in a way and at a speed that we have not seen before”, explains Carlos Diaz CEO BioMar Group.
Through the pandemic, he adds, “it has been difficult to conduct business, but our business model is founded upon a belief in local agility and empowerment of our business units which has enabled us to find strong commercial paths together with our customers. Now that the game is changing completely, we need, as an industry to find solutions on how to overcome this volatility”.