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Annual review 2015

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Cutting-edge science, applied in sustainable solutions

Fishmeal free diets

Skretting’s MicroBalance ® technology continued to enable greater feed efficiency in the global aquaculture industry throughout 2015.

Supplier code of conduct

Audits

Once a supplier has signed the Supplier Code of Conduct, the next step is to validate their commitment.

Nutrace

Sustainable partnerships

We aim to increase and strengthen our sustainable partnerships and supply chain projects.

Nuterra

More with less

Feed efficiency is usually measured as the biological feed conversion ratio (FCR), which is the weight of feed used to produce one unit of weight of animal or fish protein...

Precision nutrition

Precision nutrition is an important part of producing more with less.

Reducing food losses and waste

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Fishmeal free diets

Skretting’s MicroBalance ® technology continued to enable greater feed efficiency in the global aquaculture industry throughout 2015. The concept gives significantly greater flexibility with regards to feed formulations by replacing traditional feed components with alternative raw materials while maintaining optimum fish growth and health. While fishmeal is an extremely useful ingredient that provides highly digestible protein, minerals and trace elements, there is only a finite amount of it available to the market.

In late 2015, Skretting R&D confirmed its breakthrough that salmonid feed formulations can be made completely fishmeal-free while delivering equal performance in terms of fish growth and health. This technology was launched in early 2016. As a result, Skretting can be increasingly flexible with raw material inclusions, so enabling the available responsibly sourced fishmeal resource to go much further than in the past, and thereby increasing the sustainability credentials of salmon production globally.

This new knowledge will also help accelerate the development of MicroBalance ® for other species that are currently more dependent on fishmeal, such as shrimp and seabass. Becoming independent of fishmeal also gives Skretting ARC the opportunity to explore more alternative and novel raw materials.

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Supplier code of conduct

Most of the resources used in the production of raw materials that are the basis of our feeds – such as forests, fresh water, oceans and land – are finite. Therefore, it is vital to preserve the health of the ecosystems from which these items are sourced. Nutreco is committed to sourcing all its raw materials in a sustainable way and we expect our supply chain partners to adhere to the same sustainability standards. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the key elements we expect from our suppliers. Details of this code can be found here.

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Audits

Once a supplier has signed the Supplier Code of Conduct, the next step is to validate their commitment. As targeted for 2015, we implemented sustainability audits of suppliers and “piggy-backed” on supplier food safety and quality audits. In 2015, a total of 42 supplier sustainability audits were conducted: 20 from Trouw Nutrition and 22 from Skretting. Five suppliers were conditionally approved, meaning that they had to implement corrective actions within three months of receiving the audit report. One supplier was disapproved.

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Nutrace

Feed-to-food quality and safety is rising fast on the priority ladder in both developed markets and other regions due to local demands and global trade. In anticipation of this trend, Nutreco has been further developing Nutrace ®, our global feed-to-food quality and safety programme. An important deliverable in 2015 was a review of Nutrace ® standards and implementation. Several standards were updated and the execution of quality assurance and control measures harmonised. As an example, Skretting and Trouw Nutrition have merged their supplier audit programmes to improve efficacy and efficiency.

In addition, new standards were introduced for the production of global products. This will ensure that global brands such as Milkiwean, our leading piglet feeding programme, are produced with the same standards worldwide. For this purpose, experts are visiting facilities nominated to produce such global products. The facilities are checked and made suitable, and operators, formulators and quality managers trained. After a final audit the facility gets the green light to produce the product.

A leading principle in Nutrace ® is the sharing of best practices and information. For this reason, the first Global Nutreco Quality Conference was organised in 2015, attended by more than 100 managers involved in feed-to-food quality and safety, and risk and crisis management.

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Sustainable partnerships

We aim to increase and strengthen our sustainable partnerships and supply chain projects. We will achieve this by continuing to form strategic partnerships with key suppliers that enable us to innovate together, while analysing our supply chain on a regional basis to identify the most suitable partners from a sustainability point of view.

As part of our engagement efforts, we participate and are members in multi-stakeholder roundtables such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (Nutreco was member of the supervisory board in 2015), the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (Aquaculture technical advisory committee) and the US Soy Export Council Technical Advisory Committee. These forums support our efforts to promote sustainable sourcing.

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Nuterra

Significant progress was achieved on creating global alignment on coordinated monitoring of sustainability actions on our sustainability vision 2020. In order to ensure that this vision is completed and our sustainability targets are achieved, we developed our Nuterra Standard. The standard takes 115 compliance criteria across the four pillars of our sustainability vision 2020 and allows each Nutreco Operating Company to perform a self-assessment to ascertain where they are situated along the path to 2020. As such, Nuterra ensures the milestones from the sustainability vision 2020 are measured per Operating Company and progress is tracked over time. This means that we are holding ourselves accountable for the completion of our vision.

Operating Companies can measure and monitor their progress through completing the self-assessment questionnaire of the Nuterra Standard. Nuterra provides clear instructions and ensures a consistent approach throughout the business. The tool has also an educational aspect as it helps Business Units and Operating Companies to understand what is meant by sustainability in practice and to know where they are situated on the journey to 2020. Based on the maturity of our Business Units, it was targeted to have the Nuterra Standard executed by 49% of the Operating Companies in 2015. In 2016, the remaining 51% will execute the Nuterra Standard thus having all Operating Companies involved in 2016. Operating Companies will conduct the self-assessment every two years.

In 2015, The Nuterra Standard self-assessment was applicable for the Nutreco Business Units corresponding to EMEA, Global Salmon & Fish Feed Southern Europe and Feed Additives. It was executed by 100% of the Operating Companies in scope. Average scores were 71%, 76% and 81% for Feed Additives, EMEA and Global Salmon & Fish Feed Southern Europe respectively. The scores show there are yet some efforts needed towards reaching our 2020 objectives and every Business Unit should start working towards fulfilling those goals. The Nutreco Sustainability Platform is in direct contact with the staff responsible for every pillar (Ingredients, Operations, Nutritional Solutions and Commitment) within the Business Units and the Operating Companies to support them during the journey and ensure all our Business Units will reach the expected level by 2020.

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More with less

Feed efficiency is usually measured as the biological feed conversion ratio (FCR), which is the weight of feed used to produce one unit of weight of animal or fish protein. The FCR decreases with an increasing amount of digestible energy in the feed. Improved feed efficiency raises the sustainability profile of animal protein, since less raw material resources are needed to produce the same amount of human food. In both animal nutrition and aquafeed, improving feed efficiency is a significant part of our R&D efforts.

Premium is Skretting’s high-energy feed containing metabolic activators that increase the utilisation of digestible energy, thus enabling better growth with less feed. Every raw material used in our fish feed formulations has been specially selected to ensure the health, wellbeing and optimum growth of the specific species for which it is intended. Research is fully focused on achieving the best economics for the farmer throughout the production cycle. In 2015, the Premium offering was extended to trout, enabling many farmers of this species to scale up their output of marketable fish, thereby increasing the opportunity to increase profits.

Precision nutrition is another important instrument to produce more with less.

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Precision nutrition

Precision animal nutrition is about providing precise nutrient inputs to consistently assure animal health and productivity. It is set to play an important role in narrowing the productivity gap of livestock and fish. Trouw Nutrition and Skretting have respectively developed NutriOpt and AquaSim, modular precision-feeding systems made up of proven components that offer the latest nutritional science data and technology. When used together, these components make it possible to fine-tune a feeding strategy with high accuracy. Precision nutrition in an important part of producing more with less.

NutriOpt

NutriOpt precisely calculates the most efficient approach. In doing so this precision-feeding system contributes to improvement of feed conversion, while at the same time advancing animal health and improving financial results. NutriOpt was introduced in 2013 and rolled out in 2015 to Benelux, Canada, Czech Republic, UK, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, China, Italy, Poland and Russia.

Split feeding is a good example of how NutriOpt can work. Egg production is a physiologically complex process for the hen, involving the mobilisation of different amounts and types of nutrients at different times of the day. Precise feeding is required in order to match the circadian biological rhythm of the animal. Trouw Nutrition conducted extensive research to determine the exact nature of the hen’s changing nutritional requirements across the egg formation cycle. By opting for a split feeding regime, it is possible to achieve improved eggshell quality and laying persistency on a reduced nutrients intake, when compared with a single-feed approach. The morning feed delivers the nutrition for energy, protein and phosphorous for egg-lay production, while the afternoon feed meets the requirements for eggshell formation. This not only offers a reduction in feed and production costs, but also results in more effective delivery of feed ingredients, with less excretion of nutrients. Moreover, it leads to improved shell quality and 30% less broken or shell-less eggs.

 

AquaSim

One of the main developments in AquaSim in 2015 was the Protec calculator, an easy-to-use tool that demonstrates the cost-benefits of using Protec (our fish health diet) in various situations. It gives the break-even situation for either better growth, lower mortality or higher fish quality. This tool is now being used in all major salmon producing countries.

The AquaSim calculator can for instance show the difference in production time between high energy feed (Premium) and normal growth feed (Optiline) for salmon. It thus gives customers the possibility to differentiate between fish groups in order to be able to deliver harvest size fish for a longer period. The difference can be shown either through shorter production time to harvest weight, or production of a bigger fish in the same production time. AquaSim can also give a cost-benefit analysis of the different products and productions

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Reducing food losses and waste

According to the FAO, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted. Global quantitative food losses and waste per year are roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20% for oil seeds, meat and dairy and 35% for fish. In developing countries, 40% of losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels while in industrialised countries more than 40% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels. Even if just one-quarter of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world. Nutreco has several solutions to reduce food losses and waste.

In order to reduce raw material losses and minimise the impact of inferior quality, we have developed rapid diagnostic tools that enable our customers to get the most out of their raw materials. In 2014, we realised a breakthrough by obtaining independent accreditation for our near-infrared (NIR) spectrometry of animal feed ingredients. This accreditation was unique, particularly because of its scope, since it allows us to offer cheap and fast remote NIR application for all key feed components as an equally accurate alternative to traditional expensive and time-consuming proximate analyses.

In 2015, we launched the Mycomaster to mitigate the effect of the presence of mycotoxins in crops, produced by mould that can easily develop in the event of adverse weather during growth and when grain kernels are damaged during harvesting and storage. This is a growing problem in animal feed production. The Mycomaster is a rapid analysis reader that gives an instant and reliable indication of mycotoxin contamination. This easy-to-use tool gives fast results and is cost-effective. Since mycotoxins have a negative effect on feed quality and intake, as well as on animal health, it is important that farmers and feed mills can analyse mycotoxins themselves and take appropriate action by adding the right mycotoxin binders to their feed.

In the area of waste reduction, our research programmes are constantly focused on the valorisation of co-products derived from the food production industry. They have excellent nutritional value as they often contain high levels of energy, protein and fats. With the intention to sustainably make use of co-products, it is essential to reduce product waste. By reducing the microbial contamination, co-products will remain stable for a longer period of time. Additionally, the dry matter content and the nutritional value of the co-product will be maintained for use in animal feed. In order to preserve the nutritional value of co-products, we have developed Revalet ®, a range of products based on a synergistic blend of organic acids and surfactants that are formulated to reduce moulds, yeasts and Enterobacteria in co-products. All products focus on shelf-life extension of co-products, creating high-quality raw materials that can be used for use in animal feed.