Scoular expanding on hike in demand for fishmeal

By Jane Byrne

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Growth in the aquaculture and pet food industries has increased the demand for fishmeal says US supplier, Scoular, as it launches a new brand for its marine ingredients business: Encompass.

Steve Dahlblom, Scoular’s product group manager for marine meals, said the new brand represents the products, the quality and the reliability that its suppliers and customers expect, that is "delivery without disruption."

And Scoular, which reports more than $4.6bn in sales, is also looking to accelerate the growth of its fishmeal division through various initiatives.

In August, it announced it was investing with two partners in a $12m fishmeal processing facility in Warrenton, Oregon, adding that it had broken ground on the new 14,400-square-foot site. The companies in the joint venture are Da Yang Seafoods and Bornstein Seafoods.

That facility will use local fish processing trimmings, and will target both pet food and aquaculture manufacturers. The first fishmeal production investment for Scoular in the US, the site is expected to be operational by the summer of 2022.

Scoular is also opening a fishmeal facility in Myanmar next month; the plant is a key part of the company’s recent expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, including an expanded regional headquarters in Singapore. It has been selling to Asian food and feed customers for more than 25 years and is a supplier of soybeans to the region and fishmeal worldwide.

Barley derived ingredient 

Scoular is also set to open a new $13m barley protein concentrate processing plant in the US, with Jerome in south-central Idaho chosen as the location for that facility because of its proximity to its valued grain producer customers and end markets for the manufactured products - Idaho is the leading state for barley production in the US and Scoular also operates several grain handling facilities there.

In August last year, Scoular confirmed the plant would initially process 1.9m bushels of barley annually, with capacity, however, projected to expand over the next several years. As well as the barley protein concentrate (BPC) for use in aquaculture feed and pet food, a high-energy liquid feed supplement for cattle feeders will be co-produced.

Licensing deal

Mid-2020 saw Scoular and Montana Microbial Products (MMP) announce they had entered into an exclusive licensing deal to produce and sell the BPC product in North America and in Asian markets.

While potentially suitable for use in feed for all aquaculture species, BPC will have "more value for some species than others,”​ a spokesperson for Scoular told us back then.

“The partnership illustrates Scoular’s ongoing commitment to creating innovative solutions for the feed ingredient supply chain.”

Scoular, which has 120 offices across North America, South America and Asia and is the 66th largest corporation in the US, describes itself as a provider of global and diverse supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients and food ingredients.

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