Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC): Where science meets industry

Skretting ARC's ultimate goal is to see research implemented into innovative and sustainable solutions for the aquaculture industry, whether in the form of products, methodologies or manufacturing improvements. We are also committed to cultivating close relationships with academic and industrial partners, to be one of the best places to work for world-class researchers and to drive Skretting’s innovation agenda.

Skretting ARC was established in 1989, and supports feed activities for a large number of species on five continents.

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Our people

Skretting AI’s diverse, highly skilled team of specialists and staff represents almost 30 nationalities. Their expertise spans the full range of scientific, marketing, and commercial know-how needed to deeply understand our industry. They work in close collaboration with strong global networks across Skretting and external partners to deliver meaningful innovation that meets customer needs and contributes to a more sustainable aquaculture industry.

Our nutrition experts work to continuously improve our understanding of fish and shrimp physiology and how feed intake and gut functionality can be optimised. We are constantly testing raw materials to establish nutritional value and functionality during the production process, as well as addressing potential risks with regards to food safety, food quality, and sustainability. Our teams work closely with customers and industry partners to understand evolving customer needs, uncover emerging market trends and opportunities, stay ahead of regulatory developments, and ensure that our products deliver sustainable growth to both Skretting and our customers.

Our research focus

Health

Our health specialists have backgrounds in biochemistry, microbiology, -omics, pharmacy, genetics, and histology. They investigate the utilisation of new functional ingredients and methodologies to advance fish and shrimp well-being, with a focus on prevention and an integrated approach to health management. They also support the industry to develop strategies to combat global health challenges such as AMR through education and practical solutions for customers.

Nutrition

Our nutrition experts work to continuously improve our understanding of fish and shrimp physiology and how feed intake and gut functionality can be optimised. We are constantly testing raw materials to establish nutritional value and functionality during the production process, as well as addressing potential risks with regards to food safety, food quality, and sustainability. Our teams work closely with customers and industry partners to understand evolving customer needs, uncover emerging market trends and opportunities, stay ahead of regulatory developments, and ensure that our products deliver sustainable growth to both Skretting and our customers.

Feed production

Our feed production researchers develop technologies and new methodologies aimed at further increasing the efficiency and quality of our formulations while also delivering a more sustainable supply chain. Our team also works to document best practices and train global colleagues to ensure consistently high-quality production. Close connections to the Skretting Global Operations team ensure maximum applicability for our business.

Our research and validation stations

R&D and validation stations

Our state-of-the-art research and validation stations, comprised of indoor and outdoor facilities in several countries, enable us to closely monitor and control environmental conditions, conduct precise experiments on our latest formulations with a variety of aquaculture species, and make sure that we meet the local needs and challenges of the industry.

Setting up for tomorrow's growth areas

An important task of our innovation work is to identify and prioritise future growth areas. For that reason, Skretting is systematically analysing trends that will have a medium- and long-term impact on our business activities. In doing so, we think beyond the boundaries of our company and examine promising research areas or fields of business not yet covered by our current portfolio. One clear example of this, is our new investment in an in-house biotechnology research lab. The Skretting Bubble is a place to test and develop radical methodologies focused on biology and biochemistry. It’s a place for our team to lead and develop the future of aquaculture research.

Dedicated aquafeed testing laboratory

At Skretting AI’s internationally accredited aquaculture laboratory, we conduct precise measurements of the nutritional value of our feed components and evaluate the composition, performance, and quality of our products. This information is used to establish the best formulation recipes and ensure that we meet customer requirements. We also operate a global monitoring program to ensure that all our finished products meet our exacting quality standards.

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Skretting ARC Feed Technology Plant

Feed technology plant

At our pilot-scale feed technology plant (FTP), we explore the latest production technology, new feed formulations, and potential raw materials. The Skretting AI FTP enables us to efficiently optimise equipment, evaluate new production methods, and conduct practical training. At the FTP we produce sample batches of prototype feeds and supply a wide range of experimental feeds to our research stations and cooperating research institutes to enable further optimisation.