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Nutreco announces winners of its Young Researchers Prize

Nutreco announces winners of its Young Researchers Prize

Amersfoort, April 30 -Today, Nutreco proudly announces the winners of the Nutreco Young Researchers Prize. The competition acknowledges and champions the most promising research by PhD and post-doctorate students working around the world across animal, aquaculture and veterinary sciences.  

In its inaugural year, the competition received 57 outstanding research proposal submissions within the three categories; Precision Farming, Young Animal Nutrition, and Animal Health and Welfare. The jury interviewed 10 shortlisted candidates in a series of virtual interviews. Then, this week, the top three candidates presented their proposals to Nutreco’s CEO Rob Koremans.

Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans comments, “Each of these projects was chosen for its innovativeness, its value to the agricultural industries, and its sustainability as a proposal. I would like to congratulate the winners. I was astounded by the quality of research shown by the applicants, and it was with great difficulty that we narrowed down the top three winners’ projects. It’s vital that companies like ours support the work being done by excellent young researchers – they are, after all, working on projects that will help us feed the future.” 

Who are the winners?
In first place, with a cash prize of €12,000, is Sudhanshu Sudan, a PhD Researcher of Animal Biosciences from the University of Guelph in Canada. Sudhanshu’s winning research project looks at combating weaning stress in piglets with next-generation probiotics and antimicrobial peptides.

Sudhanshu comments; “More than the prize money, this recognition means a lot. It gives me confidence that I am on the right path and contributing towards feeding the future. I have been involved with the Canadian Cancer Society for quite some time and would be parting some portion of the award towards the organization and rest would go towards my research expenses and tuition.”

The winner of the second place cash prize of €8,000 is Ning Ma from China Agricultural University. Ning’s research explores how weaned piglet selection by probiotic-derived postbiotics influences long-term intestinal health and the purification postbiotics suitable for the neonatal phase.

Finally, the third winner of the Nutreco Young Researchers Prize is Guillermo Bardera from the University of the West of Scotland. Guillermo will receive a cash prize of €5,000 for his research project, which project focuses on assessing feed attractability in Pacific white shrimp using Ethovision tracking software. 

The award ceremony
The award ceremony was due to take place in May 2020 in Nutreco Headquarters based in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony was completed virtually. Once the COVID-19 situation has stabilized and we receive clear guidance that it is safe to travel, the three winners will present their research proposals to the Nutreco Research and Development community at special Global R&D Days in the Netherlands. 
For any further questions, please visit www.nutreco.com or contact Nutreco via the corpcomm@nutreco.com mailbox.
Nutreco commits to adopting Science Based Targets

Nutreco commits to adopting Science Based Targets

Amersfoort, April 29, 2020 – Nutreco today announces that it has committed to adopting Science Based Targets, reflecting the company’s continuing drive to achieve its mission of Feeding the Future and help the world produce enough nutritious and high-quality food for its growing population in a sustainable way.

Nutreco has joined the global ranks of 850 other leading companies by signing a letter of commitment with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) indicating that the company will work to set a science-based emission reduction target. A global collaboration between CDP, the World Resources Institute, World Wide Fund for Nature and the United Nations Global Compact, the SBTI champions science-based target setting to boost companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

“The SBTI is helping companies to align their carbon reduction strategies with the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement, and we’re pleased to join the initiative, together with other companies that are leading the way,” said Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans. “We are working to set realistic yet ambitious reduction targets and plan to submit them for SBTI approval before the end of the year.”

According to the SBTI process, companies first publicly commit to setting Science Based Targets (SBT). After that, they have two years to set reduction targets for Scope 1, 2 and 3 CO2 emissions: Scope 1 relates to energy generated on-site, Scope 2 relates to energy purchased and Scope 3 covers energy use that takes in the supply chain. Finally, participating companies pledge to report on their progress annually.

“The requirement to influence Scope 3 emissions – and the domino effect this has in the value chain – is what makes SBT so interesting and challenging,” says Nutreco Sustainability Director José Villalon. “For example, if grocery retailers commit to SBT, this means their meat suppliers must submit their CO2 reductions each year, and on down the value chain to feed and finally premix suppliers. So, eventually, companies across the chain will need to get on the SBT bandwagon to maintain their relationships with customers, helping to drive change throughout our industry.”

Sustainability Report 2019

Sustainability Report 2019

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Nutreco today publishes its online 2019 Sustainability Report, highlighting the work being done across the company at both a global and local level to drive the company’s mission of Feeding the Future.

Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans says, “At Nutreco, sustainability remains not only a driving force in our business – it’s the only way we do business. Employees across our whole company are focused on our mission of Feeding the Future, carrying it out in ways that fit our local priorities and show their passion for serving customers and communities. In 2019, we took our mission into exciting new directions, through our investments in breakthrough innovation to help our industry produce more food, more sustainably.”

Watch a conversation between Nutreco’s CEO Rob Koremans and Corporate Sustainability Director José Villalón about Nutreco’s 2019 Sustainability Report here. Read the full report here.

 

Kees Dekker joins Nutreco as CFO

From April 1, 2020 Kees Dekker will succeed Jeroen Wakkerman as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Board of Nutreco N.V.

Kees joins us from SHV Holdings N.V. in Utrecht where he has been Senior Vice President Finance for the last four years. He joined SHV in 2007 as Corporate Internal Auditor. His next role was as Senior Business Controller at SHV Gas China in Guangzhou before being appointed CFO of SHV Gas China in Guangzhou a year later. In 2014, Kees returned to the Netherlands to work at SHV Holdings in Utrecht as Finance Director and later as Senior Vice President Finance.

Before joining SHV, Kees held positions at Arthur Andersen, UPC, Ahold and Liberty Global.

CEO Rob Koremans says: “I’m delighted that Kees will be joining us. With his deep professional experience and his knowledge of SHV and its companies, he is a perfect fit for Nutreco. Please join me in welcoming him to our organization and wishing him every success in his new role.”

Soy

Our stance on soy

Nutreco, through its divisions Skretting (aquaculture) and Trouw Nutrition (animal nutrition), purchases soy each year as a raw ingredient for our animal and aqua feed products. Some of this is purchased from Brazil. Whilst we have no reason to believe that soybean farmers in our supply chain hold any responsibility for the fires in the Amazon, we are actively conducting an internal review with the aim of ensuring the soy we buy in deforestation-risk geographies is conversion-free or certified deforestation free. This review may result in prioritizing soy purchases out of high-risk sectors. 

We believe that companies within our industry play an important role in ensuring raw materials are farmed in a sustainable way and we are committed to doing our part. Wherever possible, we always work with NGOs and reputable international organizations to ensure the raw materials we source are sustainable and farmed with as little impact as possible on the planet. In addition, our divisions Skretting and Trouw Nutrition have transition plans in place to meet deforestation targets by 2025 set-out by FEFAC. Supply chain diversification, development of alternative ingredients and risk minimization have been, and will continue to be, a focus for Nutreco.

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