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Alternative protein joint venture Calysseo breaks ground in China

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Calysseo, a joint venture between worldwide animal nutrition leader Adisseo and protein innovator Calysta, is building its first facility in Chongqing, China, which is expected to become the world’s first commercial-scale production facility of single-cell protein.

Delegates gathered at the site for a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction, which will deliver 20,000 tons of FeedKind® protein in its first phase. A second phase will bring extra tons of capacity to the market to meet market demand. The plant will supply the Asian aquafeed market, which represents more than 70% of the world’s aquafeed market.

Jean-Marc Dublanc, CEO of Adisseo, said that “today’s groundbreaking is a landmark moment in the delivery of a disruptive technology that can provide benefits on several levels for Asian aquaculture. We are proud to bring the world’s first commercial-scale FeedKind production facility to China in partnership with Calysta. Adisseo is committed to making strategic investments that can improve the sustainability and security of the Asian feed ingredient market, in the context of continuous growth of the world’s population and demand for high-quality protein.”

“Breaking ground on this world-first commercial-scale FeedKind plant is the culmination of decades of development and therefore a particularly proud moment for both Calysta and our partners, Adisseo,” said Thomas JG Huot Ph.D., chief operating officer of Calysta and executive director of Calysseo. “Calysseo’s facility will be the first in the world to deliver a reliable, high-quality alternative protein ingredient using innovative gas fermentation technology, using no arable land and almost no water. After a year unlike any other in living memory, I passionately believe this announcement is a hugely positive development and marks the beginning of a new era of sustainable food production. FeedKind protein is nutritious, safe and, most importantly, a truly sustainable product that can bring extra value to the Asian aquaculture market and a new level of security to the feed supply chain.”

The plant is being built by Calysseo in the Changshou National Economic and Technological Development Area, Chongqing City. FeedKind is produced by fermenting natural gas with naturally occurring bacteria, producing a non-GMO feed ingredient, a safe, nutritious, traceable and affordable protein. The alternative protein will also help to reduce pressure on wild fisheries. If used instead of fishmeal, 100,000 tons of FeedKind could mean that between approx. 420-450k tons of wild-caught fish could be saved. Used instead of soy, the same quantity of FeedKind could free up as much as 535 km2 of land and would save 9 billion liters of water.

Jean-Marc Dublanc, CEO of Adisseo, added that “on top of the significant environmental benefits of  FeedKind, it is important to recognize the full value of the nutritional characteristics and the extra health benefits verified through live academic trials, which will create additional value for the aquafeed producers via nutritional formulation at a more precise and advanced level.”


Photo caption: Thomas JG Huot, chief operating officer of Calysta and executive director of Calysseo (left) and Pierre Casamatta, Adisseo senior project director alternative proteins (right).


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