New Alimentsa production line
Sales volume has continued increasing at Alimentsa since its acquisition by BioMar and the company has just commissioned a fifth production line in order to secure sufficient capacity next year.
The Ecuadorian shrimp feed producer is in the middle of a series of new investments explained Danny Velez, who became general manager shortly after the acquisition.
Speaking about the production line, Mr Velez explained: “It is a relatively small investment as the new line fits into our present facilities, and thereby we expect it to be ready already early next year. Our new feed trial and development facility announced in November, is also progressing according to schedule and will be operational later this year.”
Strong Ecuador market
The current price drop for shrimp is seen by Mr Velez as a temporary correction which should not impede investment. He stressed: “Overall global shrimp consumption continues to increase, and in terms of quality and sustainability Ecuador has the upper hand.
“China is the largest market for shrimp, but the local production in China is facing new tough environmental restrictions and this will limit the supply. At the same time the Chinese consumers become more and more demanding, so I strongly believe that the market will return to equilibrium soon.”
BioMar Central America technical director John Tinsley relocated to Guayaquil in May, joining Alimentsa’s R&D manager Laurence Massaut in a first step to build a team for feed trials and product development around the new Aquaculture Technology Centre.
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