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A new line is to added at BioMar's Brande factory to focus on fry and RAS feed. Photo: BioMar
A new line is to added at BioMar's Brande factory to focus on fry and RAS feed. Photo: BioMar

Feed producer BioMar Group has announced a DKK 90 million (£10.65m) investment in additional capacity for the factory in Brande, Denmark. The new line will be highly specialised and dedicated to fry and RAS feed production.

Capacity at the Brande site will increase to 150,000 tonnes per year. Photo: BioMar
Capacity at the Brande site will increase to 150,000 tonnes per year. Photo: BioMar

The company said the line would enable the factory to increase flexibility, quality and production performance.

In a press release, the company said that in the last few years the Brande business unit had experienced a significant growth in volumes sold as well as an expanding customer base, now leading to the decision of expanding the capacity.

The Denmark factory supplies feed to farmers across most of Europe and has a very strong foothold in the eastern European countries as well as in the RAS segment across all BioMar markets, the company said.

“BioMar has experienced a solid growth in market share on our core markets in Europe and the factory in Brande has through the last years been expanding capacity by removing bottle necks and optimising operational processes,” said BioMar chief executive Carlos Diaz.

“We foresee that the growth will continue and we need to take a significant leap forward to make sure we can deliver on the future demands from the customers.”

Feed for more than 40 species

The new line is expected to be ready in the second quarter of next year, and will increase the factory’s capacity to 150,000 tonnes of feed per year. It is BioMar’s largest production unit in Europe outside the salmon markets.

The factory delivers mainly feed for species such trout, eel, sturgeon and salmon in RAS, however in total the factory produces feed for more than 40 species.

According to BioMar, the factory has been a pioneer within RAS feed and is highly recognised for its products as well as expertise within this segment. The company said that the new line means a significant step forward in developing RAS feed with even higher growth performance and physical as well as nutritional quality.

“We are already recognised in the market for the high quality and performance of our fry and RAS feed from the factory in Denmark and the factory is often delivering feed to support other business units.

“This is simply a step making sure we stay in front, delivering a market leading customer value proposition in terms of agility, quality and performance”, said Diaz.

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