Skretting and eniferBio have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on continued cooperation. The Finnish biotech startup was the winner of the 2020 Nutreco Feed & Food Tech Challenge. This biannual competition acknowledges the best breakthrough innovations within livestock farming, aquaculture, and alternative food proteins. The first prize included a scientific validation trial.
The first performance tests on PEKILO® with Atlantic salmon were run in 2021 with promising results. In unison with the signing of the agreement, eniferBio has now provided a new batch of PEKILO® protein for the next phases of testing its performance as aquafeed with Atlantic salmon, and the first performance testing rounds with rainbow trout.
“The MoU defines the next steps towards commercialization of PEKILO® protein and implementation into Skretting feeds, in line with our sustainability ambitions of including 5-10% of novel ingredients into our formulations by 2025. There is a strong intention from both parties to reach large commercial volumes of this low carbon, high-protein novel raw material, first in Europe and subsequently in other geographies,” said Mette Lütcherath, Nutreco Category Manager Novel Ingredients.
“Skretting is a leading manufacturer and supplier of aquaculture feeds, so it is significant to get help from a major company like them in getting our innovation out there. We are thrilled that the first round of performance tests was a success, and we can continue the partnership”, adde Joosu Kuivanen, COO and co-founder of eniferBio.