Danish feed firm enters new territory
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