Cargill has opened an aquaculture research lab in Dirdal, Norway, dedicated to developing new diets for the fish farming industry.
The cutting-edge laboratory brings together the best laboratory, nutrition and raw material knowledge of Cargill and EWOS, according to a news release.
The new $1.25 million nutrition laboratory furthers Cargill's commitment to strengthening its aquaculture research and development capabilities. The Dirdal lab was built on the Cargill (formerly EWOS) Innovation Center grounds, where research has been conducted for more than 30 years.
Cargill has made a long-term commitment to investing in research and development (R&D), and this represents an important milestone in Cargill's ambition to be the leading force in fish nutrition research.
The new facility builds on Cargill's existing competence in fish nutrition research and leading analytical capabilities that has earned the company a global reputation as an innovator in the salmon feed industry, the announcement said. The Dirdal lab joins cutting-edge facilities across the globe, including a $10.5 million fish health center opened in Chile fewer than six months ago.
Cargill's R&D success in the aquaculture space is dependent on close cooperation and knowledge transfer between personnel and scientists across laboratory, pilot plant and fish trials.
"We are delighted to open our new laboratory in Dirdal. Having world-class laboratory capabilities sitting right next to our fish trial units and our feed processing research center will strengthen the performance of our products by giving us greater abilities to understand the interaction of raw materials, nutrients and feed manufacturing. It will also enhance our raw material development work and build on our leading knowledge in this area, allowing us to accelerate our product development programs and introduce new solutions to market more quickly," said Daniel Barziza, global aqua R&D director for Cargill.
Key facility statistics include:
* The building is 550 sq. m, which is comprised of 402 sq. m of purpose-built laboratory space and 143 sq. m of lab office space.
* It facilitates the connection to Cargill Nutrition systems.
* It has been upgraded with safety features according to Cargill's lab safety requirements.
* It becomes part of the Cargill Innovation Center in Dirdal, which includes the new research facility, a pilot plant and the seaside fish trial sites Gråttnes and Oltesvik.
* It houses 11 employees who will work in the lab and support Cargill's pilot plant, sea site fish trials and aquaculture scientists.