Aquafeed: working with a substitute full of protein

Lately, aquafeed has been booming. The growing world population has placed increasing pressure on high protein food. Fish, for example, is a worldwide consumed source of proteins. The global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, to over 20 kg per head per year in 2014. Fish is largely consumed worldwide. This rising demand for fish, makes sustainability of fish stock and quality fish feed an issue. It is of high importance to not overfish. This is where fish farms come in; farms that breed fish for the sole purpose of consuming. Aquafeed is hereby essential. Nutritious feed means nutritious food. So, what is aquafeed made from and how can it be prepared and dried to perfection?

Current situation and forecast

The increased consumption of fish is the major cause of the growth of the aquafeed market. The Asia-Pacific aquafeed market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.5% during 2019-2024. The major producing countries are China, India, Vietnam, Philippines and Japan. Aquafeed production and distribution depend on the demand for fish. China, for instance, is the major producer of aquafeed and contributes up to 62.3% to the global aquafeed production. Fish farms use aquafeed in order to grow healthy and nutritious fish. Commonly found in fish farms are: shrimp, yellow catfish, snakehead, seabass pomfret, flounder, herring and eel.

Struggles regarding aquafeed

The biggest challenge regarding aquafeed is the preservation of nutrients. Fish should be nutritious in order for the end-user, the consumer, to benefit from it. There is a shortage of protein resources. Most of the soybean, fish oil and fish meal used in aquafeed is imported. The big demand-supply gap for aquafeed has caused a degradation of the quality. The global aquafeed industry is working on increasing nutrients and minimizing pollution.

To succeed, other forms of protein are being explored; cheaper proteins coming from plants, such as soybean, peanut, cottonseed and corn gluten. In order to process for example soybean into fish feed, it must be dried thoroughly and carefully. If this process is not carried out properly, it would result in a loss of nutrients. Nutrients that are essential for the fish and the consumer. How can we prevent this issue from occurring?

The Ventilex Fluid Bed Dryer: quality guaranteed

By drying soybean using Ventilex equipment, challenges are overcome. The Ventilex Fluid Bed Dryer was designed specifically for drying delicate products in a gentle and effective way. This unique machine causes a solid product to behave like a fluid. The mechanic shaking motion of the fluid bed enhances this effect, swiftly causing high heat transfer and uniform results.

The fluid bed dryer makes it possible to control the temperature and amount of the drying air. This means that the whole drying process can be controlled up to the slightest detail. This essential asset ensures product quality, preserving valuable nutrients, otherwise lost in the drying process. The fluid bed dryer delivers quality product, while overcoming the biggest challenges and meeting your particular requirements.

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What are your benefits?

Companies in the aquafeed industry already chose Ventilex equipment because of the outstanding results and additional benefits. By choosing the proper combination of airspeed and mechanical motion in the Ventilex Fluid Bed Dryer, products with a large variation in particle size can be treated efficiently and with a minimum of dust formation. By gently shaking the product up-and-down, an optimal and uniform drying result can be achieved at a lower temperature and with a shorter residence time. This makes fluid beds the most energy-efficient drying solutions in their league.

Besides that, a Ventilex Fluid Bed Dryer will set you up for life. The machine has an incredibly long lifespan, securing your business for many years to come.

Preserve nutrients and optimize drying

Are you looking for a fitting solution to drying your product? We welcome you to reach out to us. We are happy to tell you more about the opportunities. Firstly see and then believe? We understand that you want your product dried in a very specific way. This is why we make it possible to test-dry your product at our Test Center in Heerde, the Netherlands. Alternatively, we can visit your site to optimize your current drying process.

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