Egg pro­duc­tion unit opens in Nor­way

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A NEW salmon egg pro­duc­tion unit ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing at least 150 mil­lion eggs a year was opened last month in Sør­fold, Nor­way.

The plant, de­scribed by owner Bench­mark as ‘the world’s best fa­cil­ity of its kind’, will fo­cus on qual­ity, said the com­pany’s CEO, Mal­colm Pye.

Ad­dress­ing 250 guests at the open­ing of the site, he said: ‘We are putting to­gether some­thing that is vi­tal for the fu­ture. This is at the fore­front of the salmon in­dus­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

‘Dis­ease is one of the crit­i­cal el­e­ments in ev­ery kind of aqua­cul­ture, and here we have a fa­cil­ity that gives us the ul­ti­mate in biose­cu­rity and pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity for the very first crit­i­cal stage of pro­duc­ing eggs that are go­ing to grow, thrive and pro­duce the qual­ity prod­uct that we all be­lieve in so much.

‘Along­side the pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity we also have to de­velop ge­net­ics that drive for­ward pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity of pro­duc­tion.’

The unit, planned for more than five years and com­pleted on sched­ule, was tes­ta­ment to Bench­mark’s ded­i­ca­tion to the salmon sec­tor, Pye added.

‘This is our com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of the salmon in­dus­try. We have a tremen­dous be­lief in the in­dus­try.

‘We know it is go­ing to con­tinue to grow and pros­per and we are to­tally com­mit­ted in play­ing our part in that.’

Stig Joar Krogli, gen­eral man­ager of the site, said: ‘It’s a fan­tas­tic site, pro­duc­ing fan­tas­tic qual­ity eggs and it’s a dream to work here – a view of the fu­ture, of what we can do.’

Above: Bench­mark’s new egg pro­duc­tion unit - a ‘fan­tas­tic site’

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