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Do you have a promising solution that has the potential to be the breakthrough innovation in Feeding the Future – that CANNOT wait until 2050? 

Alternative proteins for food 

Next to innovation in its current core business, Nutreco intends to drive innovation in alternative proteins for food. Feeding the growing world’s population will require both more sustainable farming as well as alternative protein technologies. Nutreco is already partnering with alternative food protein companies to learn about the development of these technologies, to understand the impact on our business, and most importantly to identify opportunities to leverage existing Nutreco capabilities in the alternative protein value chain. As this could eventually lead to Nutreco becoming involved in food protein production, we are specifically interested in technology-enabled / IP driven partners with a B2B business model. 

What are Nutreco’s focus areas in alternative proteins for food?

  • Plant-based proteins
  • Fermentation-based production of food (and feed) ingredients involving yeast, bacteria or fungi
  • Cellular agriculture, including cell-based meat and seafood, dairy or eggs, and technologies enabling cell ag production processes

Aquaculture and Livestock farming

Nutreco is a research-driven company always looking for better ways to farm livestock (through its division Trouw Nutrition) or fish or shrimp (through our division Skretting). Next to our own R&D efforts in our 11 global research centers, open innovation is a key way to develop breakthrough technologies. Our  focus areas for the Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge are:

Sustainable farming 

In the coming decades, the world will need to produce as much as 70 percent more food to feed a growing world population. Currently, we already use the equivalent of 1.5 planets to support our way of life, so we need to find new solutions to produce more food with less resources. Despite significant efficiency gains realized in the past four decades, livestock, fish and shrimp productivity is still below its potential. On a global level, by as much as 30 to 40 percent.

How can you make animal farming more sustainable?  

  • Alternative feed ingredients and additives that reduce dependency on scarce raw materials
  • Feed ingredients, additives, programs or equipment to reduce environmental impact
  • Alternative farming systems that promote animal welfare, reduce environmental output, e.g. RAS aquaculture or new livestock farming systems

Health and welfare 

Dietary strategies can contribute to disease resistance and resilience in livestock, fish and shrimp, and thereby reduce the need for antibiotics and other treatments. Nutrition affects the functioning of the gut in many aspects and has a significant impact on the microbiome, the intestinal barrier function and the immune system. In addition, assuring well-being and an absence of stress will have a positive influence on disease resistance.

How can you improve animal health and welfare?

  • Feed ingredients and additives strengthening the overall health status of animals to help them grow in a healthy way, preventing diseases
  • Rapid diagnostic methods and tools to improve health management at farm level and to detect pathogens and toxins in feed and in livestock, fish and shrimp
  • Young animal nutrition solutions that help optimize the start of animals’ lives, as early life conditions impact lifetime health and performance

Digital & precision farming 

Digital technology will have a profound impact on animal farming, including supplying the tools that will enable precision farming and precision feeding. The value of precision farming is to help farmers to provide tailored care to their livestock, fish and shrimp. This drives improved resource efficiency, animal welfare as well as economic returns.

How can you improve precision farming?

  • Solutions that enable continuous monitoring or data gathering of animal welfare, health, environment, feed quality and production
  • Tools that help farmers optimize feeding, health, environmental control and production planning