Vitapro commits to sustainability
The company is committed to exceeding 75% of marine ingredients from sustainable fisheries or in processes of improvement as raw material for its Nicovita and Salmofood brands in 2020.
Vitapro is committed to exceeding 75% of marine ingredients from sustainable fisheries or in processes of improvement as raw material for its Nicovita and Salmofood brands in 2020. This is one of the several commitments that the company undertake to ensure the sustainability of the feed production.
Vitapro undertook a joint effort in Ecuador in 2016 with several interest groups to achieve the creation of the Fishery Improvement Project for small pelagics, which will let the Ecuadorian fishery head towards sustainability for the production of fishmeal and fish oil.
In addition, Salmofood installed the first biomass boiler in Chiloé, Chile, in 2012 to reduce their carbon footprint. The biomass that is used comes from waste of the forest industry. This has reduced the emitted CO2 per ton of product to 42 Kg in Chile and 49 Kg in Peru. The company stated that the competitors in Chile emits 75 kg of CO2 per ton of product and in Peru 54 Kg of CO2 per ton.
Another example of Vitapro\'s environmental commitment are the Salmofood PRO Diets, a new nutritional solution that does not depend on the inclusion of marine ingredients with higher digestibility and profitability for salmon producers.
In this regard, Hugo Carrillo, General Manager of Vitapro, stressed that "we believe that this is the way to advance in aquaculture. The producers will gradually adapt to it. The inclusion of fishmeal in the diets 20 years ago was around 36 percent and now can reach 5 percent. This is the way to move towards a sustainable and balanced business over time."