Fly­ing off the shelves

Fish Farmer - - Feed -

TROUT pro­duced and pro­cessed by Truite Ser­vice in France, fed Skret­ting feeds con­tain­ing in­sect meal from In­no­vaFeed, has now reached the French con­sumer.

Auchan, a lead­ing French re­tailer com­mit­ted to re­spon­si­ble aqua­cul­ture, has made the in­sect-fed trout avail­able in 52 su­per­mar­kets in the north and Ile-de-France, with plans to sell through­out France by the end of 2019.

‘The term ‘in­sect-fed fish’ ap­plies only to aqua­cul­ture fish that meet two cri­te­ria – they have been fed a diet wherein at least 50 per cent of the fish­meal has been re­placed by in­sect meal, and the fish have dou­bled in weight af­ter the in­sect pro­tein has been ap­plied,’ said Elodie Petit, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Skret­ting France, when the an­nounce­ment was made be­fore Christ­mas.

Lau­rent Tern­inck of Truite Ser­vice added: ‘As a leader in fresh, high qual­ity trout in France, we have been ex­cited to be a player in this new phase for aqua­cul­ture.

‘The fish have per­formed well; of course, in­sects form a nat­u­ral part of a wild trout diet, but we have been de­lighted that the new feed has been re­ceived well by the fish and shown great re­sults in terms of growth, health and flesh qual­ity.’

For In­no­vaFeed, this marks an im­por­tant step in the de­vel­op­ment of the in­sect sec­tor, and the com­pany is keen to con­tinue pi­o­neer­ing the com­mer­cial im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­sect meal.

‘We are mak­ing a new source of pro­tein from in­sect rear­ing (Her­me­tia il­lu­cens), and the pro­tein pro­duced is high qual­ity and able to re­place more tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents,’ said Maye Wal­raven of In­no­vaFeed.

In­no­vaFeed es­tab­lished a part­ner­ship with French com­pany Tereos last Septem­ber, and will use co-prod­ucts from the Tereos starch fa­cil­ity to breed black sol­dier fly. The site will bring In­no­vaFeed’s pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity up to 10,000 tonnes of pro­tein a year, Feed Nav­i­ga­tor re­ported last year.

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