CARGILL Animal Nutrition and Purac, a subsidiary of CSM and a global leader in lactic acid and lactic acid derivatives, announced that they will collaborate on the development and commercialization of bio-based animal feed solutions.
These solutions promote stronger growth and better feed conversion in suboptimal conditions in poultry production while having the potential to significantly reduce the usage of antibiotics, the announcement said, adding that the collaboration's first commercial product, Aloapur, will reach the market in July.
Under the collaboration, Purac is focusing on technology development and production of Aloapur, while Cargill Animal Nutrition's Provimi business, a global premix, specialties and feed additive supplier, is focusing on application development and commercialization of the product.
Aloapur is a bio-based animal feed solution for improving the general health of animals that was developed and patented by Purac. It is based on lactylates, has been developed for the first time in animal nutrition and has demonstrated significant improvements in growth and feed conversion in poultry and turkey production, particularly in suboptimal conditions.
Commercial production will start in July in a newly built production facility at the Purac site in Gorinchem, Netherlands.
According to the announcement, both companies have "extensively tested" product efficacy in scientific research and on actual production farms.
Cargill noted that Provimi will offer the feed ingredient to customers to help them improve animal health and nutrition.
"Our collaboration with Cargill is fully in line with our strategy to develop commercially attractive bio-based alternatives using renewable and sustainable resources. This new technology for animal health is based on our core competence in lactic acid derivatives and emulsifiers," Purac vice president for chemical and pharma Marco Bootz said. "We believe that this technology has the potential to significantly reduce the use of low-dosage antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed without negatively impacting production."
Cargill Animal Nutrition vice president of strategic marketing and technology Scott Ainslie added, "The use of lactylates in poultry feeds is an exciting new concept in animal nutrition. This technology offers a promising, innovative nutritional solution to improve broiler and turkey health and growth in suboptimal conditions."
CSM is a worldwide supplier of bakery products and also produces a variety of lactic acid applications for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. CSM operates in business-to-business markets throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries.