tru Shrimp Systems announced April 27 that it has entered into an agreement with Texas A&M University for the exclusive worldwide rights to commercialize Tidal Basin technology, formerly referred to as super-intensive raceway systems.
The license agreement for the patented technology, developed by shrimp expert Dr. Addison Lawrence, extends to countries such as China, Taiwan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K.
"We have had inquiries from all over the world for our Tidal Basin technology, and tru Shrimp Systems, as a brand of Ralco, clearly understands the global implications of this technology. The patent rights we have secured represent the largest markets for shrimp. For example, China has become a net importer of shrimp. The patent rights position us to supply protein to a growing world," tru Shrimp Systems general manager Michael Ziebell said.
Since tru Shrimp Systems acquired the initial patent rights to the U.S. market, it has accelerated commercialization of the Tidal Basin technology and a state-of-the-art shrimp research center.
The first round of engineering has been completed for a multi-million pound per year shrimp production facility. The research center, located in Balaton, Minn., will be complete in August. The facility will include two commercial-scale Tidal Basin lines. It will also include 144 shrimp research tanks, 116 nursery holding tanks, an animal health laboratory and water quality and shrimp feed laboratories.
Ziebell said the global patent rights acquired by tru Shrimp Systems are an essential component to its mission; however, partners receive much more from the company than Tidal Basin technology.
"tru Shrimp Systems goes beyond Tidal Basin technology. We provide everything required for success including process, financial and operational planning and technical support. We represent a clear alternative for the shrimp raising investor," Ziebell said. "Not only are we embracing a breakthrough technology, but we are rethinking shrimp production and evolving to meet tomorrow's food safety standards. We provide a reliable, dependable, bio-secure shrimp system that can be traced across the entire food supply chain. Product quality, consumer safety and consistent supply are in the front seat of our work and not an afterthought."
tru Shrimp Systems is a brand of Ralco, a third-generation family owned multinational company with distribution in more than 30 countries. A leading global provider of livestock nutrition, animal health products and crop enhancement products; Ralco supports large segments of the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and crop industries.