Cargill announced Aug. 29 that it is expanding its offerings of sustainable alternatives to fish meal in aquaculture feed thanks to a new agreement with White Dog Labs.
According to the announcement, the deal secures access to White Dog Labs' ProTyton, a single-cell protein produced by fermentation with corn feedstock — a sustainable alternative to harvesting fish meal — which, like fish meal, is high in protein and amino acids. ProTyton will be ready to ship from White Dog Labs' demo facility in Sutherland, Neb., in 2020.
"This agreement underlines our commitment to sustainable aquaculture and discovering new and strategic ingredients that will help feed the world in a safe and responsible way," said Adriano Marcon, president of Cargill's aqua nutrition business. "ProTyton offers a good source of protein for fish and shrimp, an affordable feed ingredient for farmers and a sustainable option for the planet that lessens our reliance on fish meal, which we know to be a finite resource."
Cargill said it plans to begin offering the protein ingredient in salmon feed, with the possibility of expanding to shrimp and other species as White Dog Labs' production volume increases. In trials, salmon fed a diet containing the product achieved growth performance comparable to salmon on a conventional diet.
"We're honored to partner with Cargill to lead the industry in the application of highly scalable, alternative proteins for aquaculture," said Bryan Tracy, chief executive officer of White Dog Labs.
Made up of 80% protein, ProTyton offers a higher protein content than typical fish meal and has an attractive amino acid profile, with 40% essential amino acids.
Cargill's partnership with White Dog Labs follows its June 24 announcement of a strategic partnership with InnovaFeed to scale up and jointly market fish feed made with insect protein.
Cargill's animal nutrition business has more than 20,000 employees at more than 275 facilities in 40 countries. Fueled by innovation and research, it provides a range of products and services to feed manufacturers, animal producers and feed retailers around the world, helping put food on the plates of nearly 1 billion people every day. The animal nutrition business offers compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools and animal nutrition expertise.
White Dog Labs is a biotech company focused on health and nutrition for animals today — and for humans tomorrow. It was established in 2012 to address global challenges such as food sustainability and climate change and is funded by Musea Ventures, the investment arm of the Somekh family. The company has unique, world-class expertise in microbiome-derived organisms that have promising implications for nutrition and health.