With the aim of further strengthening zero waste commitments in the global fish processing industry, BAADER has joined the Iceland Ocean Cluster (IOC).
BAADER Managing Director, Robert Focke, and Dr Thor Sigfússon, Founder and Owner of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, signed the membership at BAADER’s booth during the recent Seafood Processing Global (SPG) 2022 in Barcelona.
“Being a member of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, we intend to enhance our cross-industry collaborations with an integrative exchange of expertise as well as close networking with relevant institutes, institutions and organisations,” Focke said.
According to BAADER, new processing technologies, including green technology solutions, are crucial for reducing food waste and carbon footprints. Moreover, they can improve production quality, hygiene, energy, and water efficiency and thus bring added value to the customer even beyond sustainability.
Co-products can range from relatively low value, such as those used primarily as feed for livestock, to extremely high-value products found in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and functional foods, the processing solutions company highlighted.
“In the seafood world, millions of tonnes of fish co-products are discarded in landfill, which is both costly and a source of greenhouse gas emissions,” Sigfússon said. “The Iceland Ocean Cluster and BAADER have agreed to collaborate on enhancing the utilisation of seafood co-products. We aim to collaborate on assisting seafood companies that have the ambition to create value from side streams.”
At SPG 2022, BAADER showcased its commitment to the IOC zero-waste mission with dedicated content in its brand rooms developed in cooperation with Sigfússon. The company also exhibited the industry’s first advanced line solution for co-product handling and value-adding – consisting of a Skaginn 3X mince line combined with the BAADER Refiner and third-party further processing equipment.
Reykjavík-based IOC started as a project at the University of Iceland but is now a full-running company that facilitates networking opportunities for ocean-related industries in and outside Iceland.
Caption: The agreement was signed by Dr Thor Sigfusson (Founder and CEO of the Iceland Ocean Cluster) and Robert Focke (Managing Director of BAADER)