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Alltech subsidiary to spend $1 million to expand Dutch research center

Alltech also announced a new collaboration between Coppens and a Brazilian fish feed producer.

Alltech said Friday it helped bring together Dutch aquatic feed and nutrition firm Coppens International and Brazilian fish feed producer Guabi.

Coppens joined Alltech last year. Guabi and Alltech started a strategic partnership earlier this year. Alltech said Coppens and Guabi already started discussing opportunities and algae technology is expected to be a significant focus.

“The opportunities between Coppens, Guabi and Alltech are exciting,” said Paulo Rigolin, strategic director for Alltech. “You have leaders in two different regions — Latin America and Europe — combining technology and expertise from more than 20 years of working in aquaculture," said Alltech Strategic Director Paulo Rigolin.

Guabi has expertise in extruded feeds and unique solutions for a  variety of aquaculture species, from shrimp to native South America freshwater fish. Coppens specializes in a range of feeds and nutrition for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). It also recently announced a $1 million (€930,500) expansion of its Netherlands research center.

“The new Coppens Research Centre will enable us to do more relevant studies and, more importantly, work with more species than previously whilst also providing a training centre for our staff around the world and customers alike,” said Coppens Managing Director Anno Galema

Coppens and Guabi will share information on formulations, manufacturing techniques, and raw material and ingredient utilization.

This expertise is reinforced through a series of research alliances with several universities and a research institute, all of which have focused on examining the impact of Alltech’s algae solutions in a variety of species:

Alltech President and Founder Pearse Lyons said the company plans to commit long term in the aquaculture industry and research. The company has mutliple research alliances with several universities and a research institute.

"We are already looking to add one or two more complementary partners to our aquaculture program,” said Dr. Lyons.


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