Arbiom: Single cell protein performs well in dog food, aqua feed still on radar

By Jane Byrne

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Protein innovator, Arbiom, says aquaculture is still a target market for the company, as it releases the results of a new scientific study evaluating the effectiveness of its alt protein ingredient, SylPro, in pet food.

“Aquaculture remains a target sector for Arbiom. However, we have never been singularly focused. Indeed, SylPro can be used as a protein ingredient in a diverse range of feed and food applications, including in pet food, and feeds for aquaculture and livestock diets,” Amélie Drouault, vice president of business development, Arbiom, told us. 

Its new dog food related study was conducted at Four Rivers Kennel, a US independent facility for minimally invasive canine nutrition research and dog feeding trials. The aim of the study was to evaluate the functional performance of SylPro inclusion in the diets of adult dogs suffering from chronical loose stools.

SylPro can be included in the formulation of adult dogs, up to an inclusion level of 20%. “This research was conducted using a 10% SylPro inclusion rate,” said Dr Ricardo Ekmay, senior VP of nutrition and product development, Arbiom. 

The findings of the research indicate that the inclusion of SylPro, replacing poultry meal, improved nutrient digestibility in dogs with chronically loose stools, said Drouault. 

Further analysis of inflammatory biomarkers demonstrated evidence of reduced intestine inflammation for dogs fed with the SylPro diet. In addition, the study showed that inclusion of SylPro reduced feed rejection in dogs with loose stools, said the company. 

“Consistent with previous trials, the results of this study further demonstrate the benefits of SylPro in pet food as a nutritional and functional protein source,” said Drouault. 

Other trial work on SylPro shows that it delivered good nutritional performance. The company has carried out several in vivo feed studies, including trials in aquaculture species such as salmonids (Atlantic salmon, trout) and Mediterranean fish (through the NextGenProteins project), she said.

New factory

The construction of Arbiom’s first industrial plant is getting underway in France. It will have capacity of 10,000 tons of protein ingredients per year, targeting the feed and food sectors. The French-US company received a grant of €12m (US$13.2m) from the France Relance investment program last year, towards the build, with the factory to be located in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

In terms of what types of feedstocks will be used to support the SylPro production process in that plant, when operational, Drouault said:

“One of Arbiom’s strengths relies on its non-GMO, proprietary strain which has the ability to convert a wide range of carbon sources, ranging from traditional agricultural sources up to by-products and wood residues, with no compromise on quality and performance of the end-product. Our first plant will therefore leverage our strain versatility and be supplied by various sustainable feedstocks, meaning feedstocks with a low environmental impact. This includes sources of carbon coming from agricultural by-products as well as forestry by-products.”

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