Deep Branch and BioMar announce strategic partnership to optimise salmon feed using single cell protein

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Deep Branch and BioMar have signed a long-term technical and commercial partnership. The immediate focus of the cooperation will be to optimise salmon feed using Proton, a single cell protein developed by Deep Branch for the feed industry, as a primary protein source.

Deep Branch uses clean and renewable carbon and energy sources to create ingredients for a more sustainable food system, while BioMar supplies aquaculture feed, driving the uptake of sustainable feeds through its Blue Impact diets.

To kick off the partnership, Deep Branch will transport Proton from its facility in the Netherlands to BioMar’s Technology Centre in Denmark to produce Proton-based feed until the end of 2022.

The companies will conduct a full suite of nutritional assessments in Denmark, Norway and the UK to test the protein-rich ingredient. These tests will focus on performance, digestibility and other parameters essential for fish health and growth.

“The world needs to move from making pledges to taking action, and we are passionate about industrial ecology underpinning the next generation of food production. We see BioMar as a key partner in bringing Proton to market as its ambitious targets and commitment to collaboration fully align with ours,” Deep Branch’s CEO Pete Rowe said.

“Our partnership with BioMar will create a powerful message for potential upstream partners that supplying hydrogen and carbon dioxide to our facilities can directly decarbonise our food systems,” Rowe added.

“At BioMar, we’re constantly seeking innovative raw materials that don’t compete with human food production and using nutrients from by-products that minimise waste. So we’re excited to have established this strategic partnership with Deep Branch,” Paddy Campbell, Vice President of Salmon at BioMar Group, stated.

“Deep Branch is a company that shares our vision and passion for a sustainable food and aquaculture system. Driving a breakthrough innovation such as Proton requires collaboration across the value chain, and we look forward to working together to make Proton a commercial reality in our aquafeeds,” Campbell outlined.