Skip to main content

Break-out session: Feed and Feed Ingredients (part 2)

Hands holding shrimp feed (credit to aquaconnect)
Scope /
During this year's shrimp feed manufacturing and feed ingredient seminar, we will first listen to Rabobank's latest update on the global commodity market. After that, we will hear from two executives of major feed manufacturers in Ecuador and Asia, about the regional differences in feed manufacturing, the challenges, and how they look towards the future.

After the lunch break, we will look at the feed ingredient landscape. The ASC will tell us more behind the rationale of its feed standard and the implications that it will have for feed manufacturers supplying ASC-certified producers. We will then listen to updates about both marine and plant-based ingredient supply situations and the challenges they foresee for companies which must comply with ASC feed standards or other upcoming regulations.

The last part of the session will focus on three innovations in feed manufacturing. Firstly, we will look into the extent that smart automated feeding solutions have been adopted and the differences in adoption between Latin America and Asia. We will also look into how single-cell protein production is scaled, and when these ingredients will become available to the shrimp industry at large. Finally, we will look into fish-free shrimp feed formulations, and the likelihood of these formulations ever becoming competitive in the mainstream market.
Chairpersons /
Ronnie Tan
US Grains Council
/ Ronnie Tan

Ronnie currently serves on the advisory board of Calysta, USA; as regional aquaculture consultant with the U.S. Grains Council and is an advisor to BASF, Germany. He also acts as a mentor at Hatch – an aquaculture startup accelerator. Ronnie recently stepped down as Vice-President at Blue Archipelago – the largest integrated shrimp enterprise in Malaysia, responsible for downstream operations. He was Executive Director and board member at Regal Springs Group – the largest tilapia integrator in the world. He co-led the sale of the company. He started his career building the aquaculture feed division in the Gold Coin Group – a major feed company in Asia

Esther Luiten
/ Esther Luiten

Esther Luiten is Commercial Director at the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and has over 15 years of experience in the global seafood sector. Focus of her team at ASC is on engaging retailers and seafood brands into ASC programme. The Market Development Team is also strengthening relationships with key stakeholders such as NGOs, governments and researchers in key markets and production countries accross the globe. Before joining the ASC, Esther was programme manager at the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and responsible for their aquaculture market transformation program. She was Deputy Director of a Dutch environmental organisation, the North Sea Foundation. She has a scientific background in Environmental Innovation and Communication, achieved her PhD in Innovation Studies and has been since then very much interested in facilitating the global seafood supply chain towards more sustainable practices.

Program /
An update on the global commodity market

Presented by Carlos Mera, Executive Director Agri-Commodities Markets Research, Rabobank

Navigating an uncertain world: An Indian and Ecuadorian perspective on the feed manufacturing outlook

India presented by Ramakanth Akula, CEO, The Waterbase Limited

Ecuador presented by Carlos Miranda, General Manager, Skretting Ecuador

Q&A moderated by Ronnie Tan

ASC's feed standard

Presented by Michiel Fransen, Standards and Science Director, ASC

Marine ingredients outlook and status of sustainability

Presented by Petter Johannessen, Director-General, IFFO

Plant-based ingredients outlook and status of sustainability

Presented by Bas Geerts, Head of Sustainability, Cefetra Group

Panel: The availability of sustainable feed ingredients and practical sourcing challenges


Bas Geerts, Head of Sustainability, Cefetra Group

Francisco Aldon, CEO, MarinTrust

Blake Stok, Director of Sustainability (Thai Union North America), Chicken of the Sea

Henrik Aarestrup, VP LatAm, Shrimp & Hatchery, BioMar

Michiel Fransen, Standards and Science Director, ASC

Moderated by Ronnie Tan


Coffee break
Showcase 1: Improving growth while reducing costs with smart feeding solutions

Presented by Andrew Campbell, CEO, AQ1

Showcase 2: Building an alternative feed ingredient business

Presented by Allan LeBlanc, VP Aquaculture Lead, Calysta

Showcase 3: Developing a mainstream sustainable feed proposition

Presented by Jesper Clausen, Director for Aqua Nutrition and Technology, Royal de Heus

Closing words
Speakers /