Skretting Aquaculture Innovation (AI): Where science meets industry

Skretting AI is a nexus of knowledge. We develop innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the needs of the rapidly changing aquaculture industry. We conduct scientific and market research focused on fish and shrimp nutrition, health, and feed production that leads to new sustainable products and solutions, supported by digital tools and the breadth of innovation found within the Skretting business. We are more than our headquarters.

Skretting AI cultivates close relationships with academic and industry partners and is one of the best places to work for world-class researchers and marketing experts. Skretting AI was first established in 1989 and was renamed in 2021. Our employees work in our headquarters Norway, plus our satellite research stations in Chile, China, Ecuador, Italy and Japan and support activities for over 60 fed aquaculture species on five continents. Our goal is to enable Skretting to maintain its position as an industry and innovation leader and deliver on its purpose of Feeding the Future.

Skretting ARC infographic
Skretting ARC women

Our people

Our 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 state-of-the-art facilities

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.

The Bubble logo

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

Skretting ARC internationally-accredited aquaculture laboratory analyses the results of all of our trials. With the help of NIR calibrations, which are centrally coordinated by ARC and exist for almost all the raw materials that we source globally, our local units conduct precise measurements of the nutritional value of all our feed components. Our formulators use this information to establish the best formulation recipes.

The laboratory also evaluates the composition, performance and quality of our products to ensure the specific requirements of each customer are being fully met.

At the same time, we operate a global monitoring program for all finished products, whereby samples produced by all our companies are sent to the same laboratory, approved for the methods, to be compared like-for-like.

Lab worker
Skretting ARC Feed Technology Plant

Feed technology plant

Our pilot-scale feed technology plant (FTP) incorporates small-scale feed production equipment that explores the latest production technology, new feed formulations and potential raw materials. It enables us to efficiently optimise equipment and evaluate new production methods, as well as producing sample batches of prototype feeds.

Adhering to our strict production specifications, the FTP supplies a wide range of experimental feeds to our research stations and to cooperating research institutes with a view to further fine-tuning and optimisation based upon the results.

The facility also enables us to conduct practical training and share competence across our business.