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BENEO extends animal nutrition portfolio with faba bean ingredients

The new range helps answer the growing demand for alternative nutrient sources, and sustainable and plant-based options for the aquafeed industry.

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February 20, 2023

BENEO has expanded its product portfolio for aqua and livestock feed with the addition of the new faba bean ingredient range, including faba bean protein concentrate, starch-rich flour, and hulls. These pulse ingredients are non-GMO and represent sustainable sources of protein, starch and fiber, enabling feed manufacturers to improve the nutritional profile of their products.

Aqua and livestock feed markets are increasingly raising consumers’ concerns regarding sustainability and are coming under greater scrutiny from authorities. As a result, many feed producers have committed to ambitious targets to meet these changing requirements. Demand for a more eco-conscious feed sector is also reflected in the sustainability objectives of key industry associations. At the same time, with rising concerns around the environmental impact of raw materials, producers are also facing present and future price pressures, alongside logistical and supply issues. This is driving demand for sustainable ingredients, such as locally produced plant-based alternatives, that can deliver both a good nutritional profile and improved technical properties.

“When it comes to sustainability, faba beans help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the farm level. The faba beans can capture nitrogen from the air to provide it for themselves and subsequent plants, which reduces the need for fertilizer input. Also, the faba beans are grown in a German region with good rainfall and soil with good water retention capacity, so irrigation is not necessary. BENEO strives to source its faba beans at Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) Gold level from German farmers with long-term contracts, to ensure production and supply stability. Furthermore, the production process, being done locally in Germany, has been chosen for its low energy and water consumption in comparison to alternative processes; overall contributing to BENEO’s sustainability targets,” the company said.

Faba bean ingredients are showing promising potential for aqua and livestock recipe formulations as they are a good source of protein, starch and dietary fiber. BENEO’s faba bean protein concentrate, starch-rich flour and hull ingredients are produced from faba bean varieties which are low in antinutritional factors (e.g., tannins, vicine and convicine) and are guaranteed to be non-GMO.

BENEO’s faba bean starch-rich flour offers producers of livestock and aquafeed a good source of starch and energy, while still containing a significant residual amount of protein of approximately 20%. It is ideal for use in many applications, including for salmon and trout. BENEO’s faba bean protein concentrate is a concentrated source of vegetal protein that serves as a good alternative to e.g., animal and soy proteins. It has a high solubility in comparison to other vegetal proteins and a good amino acid profile. Faba bean hulls can be used to provide a source of insoluble fibers in feed for ruminants or gestating sows, while also offering certain protein and starch contents that increase its nutritional value.

The faba bean hulls and protein concentrate are listed in the EU Catalogue of Feed Materials, while faba bean starch-rich flour is in the EU Feed Materials Register.

Karel Thurman, commercial director animal nutrition at BENEO said that “manufacturers of pet food and feed are increasingly faced with the challenge of finding ingredients that deliver the necessary nutrients for their formulas, while also complying with ambitious commitments towards sustainability. Our new plant-based faba bean ingredients are a valuable addition to our portfolio, as they provide convincing sustainability credentials and offer producers in the livestock and aquafeed industries sound nutritional and technological alternatives for their feed recipes.”

Find more information on the application of faba bean ingredients in aquafeeds in the latest edition of Aquafeed Magazine.