Austria's Delacon enters aqua market

By Jane Byrne

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Delacon is looking to bring along a full phytogenic solution to aquaculture practices. It is entering the sector with a premixture, branded as Syrena Boost, that, it says, targets gut performance and productivity.

Disease outbreaks, food safety assurance, and unstable productivity are just a few challenges in aquaculture, so Delacon said it developed Syrena Boost to support the industry as it tries to tackle some of those problems.

The premixture is targeted at all aqua species. It is a combination of saponins, spices and essential oils. The sensitive ingredients in the premixture are micro-encapsulated to ensure thermal stability and slow intestinal release of those elements, said the company.

To date, trial results are only available for tilapia.  

Delacon said the in-vivo and in-vitro trials show the product offers tilapia producers a return on investment (ROI) of 4:1, improved feed intake (6%), and a boost in specific growth rate (5%).

In terms of what it was that appealed about the aqua feed sector that made the company enter the market, Alex Makol, species leader, aqua, Delacon, said the fact the aquaculture sector is a rapidly growing one makes it particularly attractive.

“Also, we strongly believe that phytogenics can help in such market development. Of course, margins can be higher in some cases, which is always interesting.”

Beyond tilapia studies, Makol told us the company has trials already running in other species including white leg shrimp.

“First results in relation to these are expected to become available in the coming months.”

New hires

Makol has been leading Delacon´s aquaculture line development since February 2017. He has been involved in fish nutrition and the aquaculture industry for the last 15 years.

Meanwhile, the company also made a recent hire to boost its aqua team. It said that Nguyễn Ngọc Bình joined Delacon as regional sales and technical manager, aqua, in March 2020. With over 17 years of expertise in the aquaculture field, he is looking to establish phytogenics as a reliable solution in the Asian region. 

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