Calysta states its alternative protein offers excellent results in shrimp
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FeedKind protein was successfully proved in Pacific white shrimp (Photo: Calysta)NORWAYWednesday, August 16, 2017,03

FeedKind protein was successfully proved in Pacific white shrimp. (Photo: Calysta)


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It has been proved that the shrimp fed with a diet including FeedKind® protein developed by Calysta, Inc. has a survival rate that is equivalent or higher than that of shrimp fed with a standard fishmeal-based diet, the firm announced.

Calysta presented the trial results at AquaNor, the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition.

The trial, performed at Auburn University in conjunction with Texas A&M University, is Calysta’s first study in warm water aquaculture, and represents an entry into the six million metric ton global shrimp feed market.

The researchers performing the tests fed post-larvae Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) with a commercially representative control diet containing fishmeal as a primary source of protein.

Test diets were prepared where FeedKind protein replaced up to 100 per cent of the fishmeal in the diet on a one-for-one basis. The animals were fed either the control or a test diet for eight weeks in a controlled environment.

At the end of the study, shrimp survival was significantly improved in all FeedKind diets (93-97 per cent) compared to the control diet (84 per cent). In addition, the total shrimp weight in all FeedKind diet groups was shown to be equivalent to or improved versus the control fishmeal diet.

“FeedKind is being developed to meet the world’s growing demand for food and feed, and this trial demonstrates FeedKind’s potential to improve the diets in some of the world’s most challenging aquaculture species,” pointed out said Josh Silverman, Ph.D., Calysta Founder and Chief Product and Innovation Officer.

For his part, Ronnie Tan, a member of the Calysta Advisory Board and Vice President of Blue Archipelago, the largest shrimp enterprise in Malaysia, stressed that shrimp remain one of the most valuable seafood commodities within aquaculture, with global trade of more than USD 20 billion per year.

“Innovative products such as FeedKind will be important new market entries as demand grows in emerging countries for new sources of protein,” the entrepreneur stated.

FeedKind is a safe, sustainable, non-animal source of protein approved for sale in multiple countries, and has been shown to use 77-98 per cent less water and >98 per cent less land than alternative ingredients such as soy or wheat proteins.

Samples are currently available for global customers and partners in markets including the European Union, the United States, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

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