As coronavirus uncertainties spread, companies around the world are pulling out all stops to insulate themselves from the potential fallout. One move that's tried and true -- if not particularly creative -- is cutting costs.

Where to cut, though, and how deep, is a question board rooms must wrestle with. For feed companies, one item not on the chopping block is research and development (R&D), and in particular their reach to bring new forms of feed ingredients into their products, from insects to algae to biogas.