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The winners of the F3 Challenge, the global seafood industry competition, are announced

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Oct 5, 2022

Carnivores, the biggest consumers of fishmeal, fish oil were at the center of the industry contest

SEATTLE, October 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The F3 — The future of fish feed today announced that three animal feed manufacturers – Star Milling Co, Empagran and Jiangsu Fuhai Biotech Co, Ltd. – each won a $100,000 grand prize of the F3 Challenge – Carnivore Edition. The F3 Challenge is the global seafood industry’s premier competition to drive innovation in the development and commercialization of aquaculture feeds without fishmeal or fish oil to eliminate wild-caught fish in aquaculture feeds.

F3 Challenge winners (left to right) Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons of the University of Arizona, Paul Cramer, Vice President/General Manager of Star Milling Co., Pablo Intriago, Technical Advisor of Empagran, Jorge Torres, Director of business development of Veramaris, and Zhijun, CEO of Jiangsu Fuhai Biotech Co., Ltd. Hu

“We commend all of the applicants who rose to the challenge despite all of the recent supply chain challenges and disruptions,” said Kevin Fitzsimmonsprofessor at the University of Arizona and Chairman of the F3 Challenge, during a special ceremony at the Global Seafood Alliance’s GOAL conference. “Their hard work and flexibility paid off.”

Each year, approximately 16 million metric tons of wild fish are caught exclusively for use as fishmeal and fish oil in global food production. Aquaculture now provides well over half of the world’s seafood and is the main consumer of these oil-rich fish, such as sardines, anchovies and menhaden known as “forage fish”. Feeding is the main concern of aquaculture farms.

Prizes were awarded in each of three categories – salmonids, shrimp and other carnivorous species – to the contestant who produced and sold the most “fishless” food made without wild fish or marine animal ingredients.

About the winners:

  • based in the United States Star Milling Co. won for its non-GMO plant-based food that contains DHA-rich omega-3 algae and heart-healthy flaxseed oil for rainbow trout.

  • Ecuadorian society Empagran won for its vegetarian recipe using VemarisOmega EPA & DHA Rich Seaweed Oil for Pacific White Shrimp.

  • China-based Jiangsu Fuhai Biotech uses his unique Fatide® microbe- and enzyme-fermented dehulled whole soybean product for largemouth bass feed.

JapanDainichi Corporation, based in Dainichi, received an honorable mention, a $25,000 award for their revolutionary food for blackspot seabream.

More than three million kilograms of food were sold across all seafood categories during the roughly 16-month contest, and more than 95 million forage fish were spared from use in animal feed .

The F3 – Future of Fish Feed ensures greater global food security by reducing the aquaculture industry’s reliance on fishmeal and fish oil to ensure supply chain sustainability.

The next palatant-focused F3 Challenge will be announced in early 2023.

CONTACT: Annie Reisewitz+18582280526, [email protected]

SOURCE F3 – The future of fish feed


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