Animal nutrition and aquafeed leader Nutreco partners with cell-based protein companies
23 January 2020
Nutreco announced its latest strategic partnership with cell-based seafood start-up BlueNalu. This announcement comes only a week after an announcement about Nutreco’s collaboration with cell-based meat start-up Mosa Meat. These partnerships amplify Nutreco’s commitment to Feeding the Future with science-based innovations that advance sustainability across the value chain.
Nutreco and its customers share critical challenges when it comes to delivering on Nutreco’s mission of Feeding the Future. The food and feed industry must meet a growing demand for high quality protein. This demand is driven by a growing population – estimated to rise to almost 10 billion by 2050 - but also by more affluent consumers demanding more diversified diets – including protein.
The earth has a finite amount of environmental resources – it is estimated that we use over 1.5 times the resources that the world has to offer – driving demand for sustainable solutions. Furthermore, industry players must respond to environmental factors and societal factors, such as climate change as well as regulatory policies that impact food production.
Nutreco CEO, Rob Koremans says, “Our strategic partnerships are all designed to ensure Nutreco plays its part in ensuring there is enough sustainable food to feed the growing population. Mosa Meat and BlueNalu are developing very exciting technology that could potentially transform the way in which our industry feeds the future and we are thrilled to contribute to these developments. A future opportunity for Nutreco may include becoming an ingredient supplier to the cell-based protein industry.”
Maarten Bosch, Mosa Meat CEO says, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Nutreco to create the value chain for new proteins that can help feed the future population sustainably. This partnership is a significant milestone for us as we continue on our journey to develop cultured meat whilst protecting our precious planet.”
Lou Cooperhouse, CEO of BlueNalu says, “We are excited to partner with Nutreco to bring a third option to the seafood supply chain, complementing wild-caught seafood and traditional aquaculture in a way that is healthy for people and sustainable for the planet.”
Rob Koremans continues, “While these new strategic partnerships allow Nutreco to serve as an advisor in the development of alternative protein for food, our core business will continue to focus on supplying sustainable, high quality nutritional solutions to our customers in the feed space. We remain fully committed to providing farmers with digitally-enabled and farm-focused solutions to support them in raising their animals in an effective and sustainable manner.”
The partnerships with BlueNalu and Mosa Meat are made through Nutreco’s strategic innovation and investment team, NuFrontiers, and build on the research, ingredient sourcing and protein expertise of Nutreco companies Skretting and Trouw Nutrition.
Nutreco is a global leader in animal nutrition and aquafeed. Their advanced nutritional solutions are at the origin of food for millions of consumers worldwide. Quality, innovation, and sustainability are guiding principles, embedded in the Nutreco culture from research and raw material procurement to products and services for livestock farming and aquaculture. Experience across 100 years brings Nutreco a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for building its future. Nutreco employs over 12,000 people in 37 countries with net sales of €6.4 billion in 2018. Its two global company brands Skretting (aquafeed) and Trouw Nutrition (animal nutrition) have sales in over 90 countries. Nutreco is a wholly owned subsidiary of SHV Holdings N.V., a family-owned multinational with net sales of € 20.1 billion in 2018. Learn more at nutreco.com.
About Mosa Meat
Mosa Meat is a Netherlands-based company developing real, non-GMO meat grown directly from cells (also known as cultivated meat, cultured meat, and cell-based meat). The team, including our Chief Scientific Officer Professor Mark Post, created the world’s first cultivated beef hamburger in 2013, inspiring the emergence of a completely new industry and bringing forward the day when all kinds of meat around the world will be more sustainable. Now, we’re developing our first commercial products. Our vision is for a world where you can enjoy the meat you love without degrading your health, the environment, or the lives of other living animals. Learn more about us at mosameat.com.
BlueNalu's mission is to be the global leader in cellular aquaculture, providing consumers with great tasting, healthy, safe, and trusted seafood products that support the sustainability and diversity of our ocean. BlueNalu began its operations in 2018 and is based in San Diego, California. For more information visit www.bluenalu.com.