BioMar opens new €40 million feed plant in Australia

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New facility will provide for salmon farming industry in Tasmania.

In a press release, BioMar Australia writes that it has started aqua-feed production at their new 40 million euro facility in Tasmania, Australia.

BioMar announced plans to establish production in Australia back in 2017 and after a two-year build, the first trucks of fish-feed have started to roll out of the facility. The production facility will produce up to 110,000 tonnes per year of aquafeed to support the Australian and Oceania aquaculture industry.

BioMar Australia’s Managing Director, David Whyte. PHOTO: Biomar

In a virtual media conference to comply with social distancing requirements, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett attended the launch with BioMar Australia’s Managing Director, David Whyte.

“While it’s not currently possible to formally celebrate our opening together with our staff, customers and community, we must acknowledge all those involved in bringing the project to life. We are now up and running in Tasmania and we’re excited to add our technical and production capacity to the region’s aquaculture industry,” said Whyte.

“Trials of our products are already underway in a variety of species in Australia and New Zealand, and we are bringing BioMar’s global best practices and nutritional know-how into our region helping to support sustainable innovation in aquaculture,” he added.

Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group also attended the virtual opening event from Chile and stressed the importance of the new Oz operations.

“Globally aquaculture is a growing industry with growth expected to double by 2050. BioMar is committed to helping Tasmania and our wider region play an important role in this endeavour, supporting farmers to grow healthy, sustainable and safe food,” added Diaz.