Supporting a new, golden age of aquaculture in Central America

24 May 2017

– The Skretting brand will be officially launched in Honduras and Nicaragua this week.

Skretting, the world’s leading producer and supplier of high-quality feed for farmed fish and shrimp, is launching the Skretting brand in Honduras and Nicaragua to support the growing need for sustainable shrimp feeds in both these important aquaculture markets and throughout Central America.

Skretting is officially being unveiled this week at special customer events in both countries, with the brand building upon the successful launch of Skretting in Ecuador and Peru in August 2016.

Since the establishment of Skretting in Ecuador and Peru, shrimp farming operations in both markets and across Latin America have advanced from the support provided by the company’s worldwide R&D knowledge as well as its local insight and experience. In particular, many of the region’s shrimp producers continue to be shown at special events and seminars that aligning the appropriate high-specification nutrition with precise feed management procedures could bring a new golden era for the region’s shrimp farming sector. Crucially, they have been learning the importance of correct feeding in the first stages of the life cycle, and how to optimise growth based on the genetics of their shrimp stocks.

The brand’s expansion into Honduras and Nicaragua will expand upon Skretting’s existing feed supply relationships with several farming operations.

Providing the platform for increased, sustainable farm production, Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) comprises more than 120 researchers from 27 countries and has been conducting research on nutrition, aquatic animal health and farming for more than 25 years. This unique unit continues to analyse countless aspects of shrimp and fish feed management, with a strong emphasis on confirming the best nutrient composition of its feeds as well as to establish the optimal number of feed occasions. Furthermore, a large team of researchers are dedicated to continuously evaluating new functional ingredients that provide in-feed health benefits to aquaculture species. In addition to optimising functional feeds, diets are formulated for specific situations, such as infectious diseases or extreme environmental conditions.

Commenting on the launch, Alex Obach, Managing Director Skretting ARC, says, “The arrival of Skretting in Honduras and Nicaragua is a very important milestone for Central America’s aquaculture industry. Skretting wholeheartedly believes that given the right support and the confidence to grow, this is a region that can make an increasingly valuable contribution to the global growth of sustainable aquaculture production. Providing high-quality shrimp and fish with high-quality diets will be one of the most important contributors to this future, and this investment by Skretting demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that Honduras, Nicaragua and Central America as a whole are given the tools to fulfil their considerable potential.”

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