Calysta opens new production facility
21 Sep 2016
The new facility in Redcar, Teeside, will produce FeedKind protein
US biotechnology expert, Calysta, has opened a new production facility in the UK to upscale its production of a novel aquaculture protein that aims to help meet the protein demands of the world’s growing population.
The new facility in Redcar, Teeside, will produce FeedKind protein, a sustainable animal feed ingredient, which is targeted largely at replacing fishmeal.
Alan Shaw, PhD, Calysta President and CEO, said: “The opening of this plant represents the end of a decade of development and heralds a new era in the race to sustainably feed the world’s growing population.”
“By 2050 the global population is expected to rise from 7.4 billion today to 9.6 billion and require 70 per cent more protein than is currently available. Calysta can help meet this need by supplying the aquaculture industry with a naturally produced, sustainable and traceable feed alternative to replace conventional ingredients based on fishmeal and soya.”
He said that the company’s first focus is the salmon farming industry where the protein has been shown to improve growth rates, nitrogen retention and gut health in Atlantic salmon.
The new plant is supported by a conditional Exceptional Regional Growth Fund (EGRF) award and represents a total potential investment of £30 million. The facility will become fully operational in the last quarter of 2016.
Earlier this year Calysta partnered with Cargill for production of FeedKind protein in North America and entered into a global joint marketing agreement. A world scale plant is expected to open in the United States by 2018.
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