Skretting's category manager novel ingredients Jenna Bowyer and procurement director Robert van den Breemer. Photo: Skretting.

Skretting appoints 'novel ingredients' manager

Feed manufacturer Skretting has created a new position of category manager novel ingredients, which is to be filled by its raw material development project manager Jenna Bowyer.

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Her appointment follows Skretting’s announcement last month that will spend $2 million next year to enable the development of alternative aquaculture feed ingredients.

It aims to create “clear pathways” for alternative ingredients to reach the scale where they can deliver long-term value to aquaculture supply chains and end-consumers.

Insect and single cell proteins

Bowyer will lead procurement activity in the novel ingredients sector, including planning, supplier engagement and long-term supplier partnerships.  

A large focus of the role will be to increase future supply of emerging raw materials such as insect and single cell proteins, and to work with suppliers to accelerate raw material innovation and scale-up. 

Bowyer has worked for Skretting for seven years, initially in sustainability and communications with Skretting Australia and for the past two and a half years at the Skretting global headquarters in Stavanger, Norway.

She said: “This is an exciting category to work in and I believe that novel ingredients will be a significant part of Skretting’s future. We should be able to capitalise on our knowledge by enabling the utilisation of undervalued resources and unlocking new ingredients. I think this increased focus will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our business, which is economically, socially and environmentally responsible.” 

Procurement director

Skretting has also appointed a new procurement director, Robert van den Breemer, who takes over on December 1 from James Rose, who has now completed a planned two-year posting as operations and procurement director, after being managing director of Skretting Australia for 11 years.  

Van den Breemer has been working as a business development director at Skretting’s Stavanger HQ for two years, having previously worked in corporate development for its Skretting parent company Nutreco. 

“Our goal with procurement for the coming years is to buy smarter and better,” said Van den Breemer in a press release. “Smarter, by both utilising all the data we have in our possession and by building strong category plans for our major categories. Better, by both working together with the suppliers of our key ingredients to develop improved and novel ingredients and by taking a leading role in sourcing responsibly. Procurement will continue to be a driving force in our mission of feeding the future.”  

The new additions to the procurement team follow the appointment of Anne-Marie Johnson to category manager vegetable; and Erik Aanensen to category manager marine.