Dan­ish feed firm en­ters new ter­ri­tory

Fish Farmer - - European News -

EX­EC­U­TIVES from Dan­ish feed com­pany Aller Aqua found them­selves in Monaco re­cently for the EY World En­trepreneur of the Year 2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

Hans Erik Bylling, CEO and owner of Aller Aqua, his son An­ders C. Bylling (CEO of Aller Aqua Qing­dao), and co-own­ers Hen­rik T. Halken and Carsten Jør­gensen, were there to com­pete against 46 coun­tries in the event, which is de­scribed as the Os­cars for busi­ness peo­ple.

‘I know fish feed is not the most sexy prod­uct, but when you look at what we can achieve to­gether with our cus­tomers and the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor as a whole, it sud­denly gets very in­ter­est­ing,’ said Hans Erik Bylling.

‘It is quite an ex­pe­ri­ence to par­tic­i­pate with so many skilled busi­ness peo­ple, all with amaz­ing sto­ries. We have learnt a lot, and we got many new con­tacts. We have re­turned to the of­fice in Aller feel­ing in­spired.

‘We are also pleased with the pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity, for us as a com­pany, but also for the

aqua­cul­ture sec­tor as a whole.

‘I hope that the in­creased fo­cus on aqua­cul­ture will open the public’s eyes to the fact that aqua­cul­ture is a sus­tain­able way of pro­duc­ing meat. We use fewer re­sources than any other meat pro­duc­tion.’

He said he did not need to win the com­pe­ti­tion to feel proud of the re­sult. He is al­ready proud of the South­ern Dan­ish and the Dan­ish Na­tional En­trepreneur of the Year awards won re­cently.

And he said it had been in­ter­est­ing be­ing part of the glam­orous fi­nal in Monaco, far re­moved from ev­ery­day life at Aller.

Hans Erik Bylling won the Dan­ish com­pe­ti­tion based on the com­pany’s fast growth over the last few years, the pos­i­tive work with UN’s 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit in the com­pany.

Win­ner of World En­trepreneur of the Year 2018 was Rubens Menin from Brazil, owner of MRV En­gen­haria, a real es­tate com­pany with 24,000 em­ploy­ees.

Above: (Left to right) Hen­rik T. Halken, Hans Erik Bylling, An­ders Bylling and Carsten Jør­gensen

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