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Evonik starts marketing GutCare® PY1 in India and Bangladesh

Evonik will now offer the probiotic GutCare® PY1 in India and Bangladesh following the launches in the United States and China earlier this year. GutCare® PY1 has a positive effect on the healthy balance of bacteria populations in the chicken gut which has been scientifically proven by numerous studies (in vitro and in vivo). GutCare® PY1 contains the spores of the strain Bacillus subtilis DSM 32315. “With our broad portfolio of amino acids and probiotics, we are able to fully support our customers on the road to sustainable animal nutrition targeting reduced use of antibiotics ", says Dr. Emmanuel Auer, Head of the Animal Nutrition business line at Evonik. A healthy gut microbiome reduces the risk of inflammatory diseases that can lead to high costs in livestock production. Commonly caused by bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens, diseases are responsible for several billion US dollars of damage to the livestock industry annually. Evonik had introduced GutCare® PY1 to the US-market in January and to the Chinese market in April this year. By the end of 2018, the company wants to be present in every Asian country with at least one probiotic. For Evonik, GutCare® PY1 is the first probiotic from the company’s own development. Since the acquisition of the probiotic business of the Spanish company NOREL S.A. in 2016, Evonik offers two probiotics: Ecobiol® (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens CECT 5940) and Fecinor® (Enterococcus faecium CECT 4515). In addition to product development, Evonik is also focusing on deciphering the mechanisms of the chicken gut. Our new simulation model will help to describe the interactions between nutrition, the immune system and the intestinal microbiotia in vitro. Based on these findings, a second step will be the development of new probiotics and feed additives that can help improve the chickens' sustainable growth. Evonik has more than 60 years of experience in the production of essential amino acids for animal nutrition. Evonik supports customers in more than 100 countries to produce healthy and affordable food for the growing world population, while conserving natural resources and reducing the ecological footprint.

Reference: corporate.evonik

BASF launches new vitamin A formulations for animal nutrition around the globe

Ludwigshafen, Germany – July 18, 2017. BASF Animal Nutrition globally launches Lutavit® A NXT, a new vitamin A product line in which ethoxyquin (EQ) is replaced by butylhydroxytoluene (BHT) as stabilizer. Lutavit® A NXT delivers long shelf-life, superior bioavailability and outstanding stability in premix and feed.These vitamin A formulations already now meet the latest Regulation (EC) No 2017/962, which requires to successively withdraw EQ as a feed additive. “Our customers’ needs drove these innovative vitamin A formulations. The result is a unique technology, which is patent protected,” said Christopher Rieker, Vice President BASF Animal Nutrition. “Extensive trials have shown that Lutavit® A NXT delivers superior product performance, and that’s what our customers around the globe rightly expect from us.” Just like the planned investment in a new world-scale vitamin A plant in Ludwigshafen, Lutavit® A NXT underpins BASF’s commitment to sustaining long-term supply reliability and to meeting the globally growing demand for vitamins. As one of the first vitamin producers in the market, BASF has more than 60 years of experience in the development and production of vitamins. Today, BASF is a worldwide leading producer of vitamin A for the animal nutrition industry.

Reference: animal nutrition BASF

Cargill, Delacon partnership to boost phytogenic feed market

Cargill said on July 6 that it has entered a strategic partnership with Delacon, a leader in phytogenic feed additives. The companies said the partnership will advance the market presence of natural, plant-based feed additives on a global scale.The deal includes a minority equity investment from Cargill. Terms were not disclosed. The partnership will connect Cargill’s expertise in applied nutrition and global presence with Delacon’s know-how and market experience in phytogenic feed additives, a category that uses natural ingredients, including herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts, such as essential oils, to improve animal performance and secure animal health for sustainable, wholesome food production. The agreement also will allow the companies to expand their technical and go-to-market capabilities to meet customers’ needs around the world as they pursue the joint mission of growing the phytogenic feed additives category. For Delacon, the partnership will give access to countries worldwide, where it does not have a market presence today. For Cargill, the investment expands its presence and capability in the additives space, with a focus on select markets outside the U.S. Delacon’s successful distribution and partnership network will be retained, and developed further to make plant-based feed additives more available around the globe. “Our agreement with Cargill represents an opportunity to accelerate growth and invest in Delacon’s future and the future of phytogenic feed additives, as our customers are looking for solutions delivered in a natural, efficient and sustainable way – from feed to food,” said Markus Dedl, chief executive officer, Delacon. “Phytogenics are one of the most promising groups of feed additives, and are turning from a niche market into a mainstream need. We are entering a new era of phytogenic feed additives, and the next five years are decisive for the developments in this growing market.” This strategic partnership builds on the successful collaboration that Delacon and Cargill have built over the last several years. By centralizing these efforts with a strategic partnership, the companies are expanding their focus, presence and reach in the micro nutrition space.

Reference: World-Grain

African Farmers Need To Bump Up Soybean Production

Maize and soybean are the key ingredients of animal feed production around the world. In the recent past, the global production of these commodities increased drastically, driven to a large degree by growing demand from animal feed and biofuel industries. The growth in animal feed demand has been spurred on by an increase in demand for high protein food – especially within the growing middle class. Notable growth in the past few years has been in Africa and Asia.The International Grains Council forecasts 2017-18 global maize usage in the animal feed industry at 613 million tonnes, up by 2 percent from the previous season and the highest level in more than a decade. At the same time, soybean use in the global feed industry is estimated at 20 million tonnes. This is a 5 percent increase from the 2016-17 season and also the highest in more than a decade. Asia, particularly China, is one of the fastest growing markets for soybean. A closer observation of the African market presents a similar trend to the global one. Africa's 2017-18 maize usage in animal feed industries is estimated at an all-time high of 32 million tonnes, up by 6 percent from the previous season. However, this has not been widespread across the region. Consistent feed usage growth has been in North Africa, particularly Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The region's 2017-18 maize usage in animal feed is estimated at 18 million tonnes, up by 6 percent from the previous season. Meanwhile, sub-Saharan Africa's 2017-18 maize usage in animal feed is estimated at 14 million tonnes, which is 2 percent higher than the previous season. South Africa is the largest user of maize for animal feed in its region, constituting a share of 41 percent in the 2017-18 season. Trailing behind South Africa is Nigeria and Tanzania with a share of 11 percent and 7 percent respectively. Although maize is a well-established ingredient in animal feed production on the Africa continent, soybean usage is still relatively marginal. The International Grain Council estimates that Africa's soybean usage for the 2017-18 season sits at 470 000 tonnes, up by 34 percent from the previous season. Furthermore, this is skewed towards the sub-Saharan Africa region, with a share of 98 percent. Meanwhile, North Africa only processes about 2 percent of the estimated 470,000 tonnes. That said, this is not to suggest that North Africa does not use soybean products for animal feed. Data from the International Trade Centre (ITC) shows that Egypt imports more than 1 million tonnes of soybean oilcake a year. In 2016 alone, the country imported 1.4 million tonnes of soybean oilcake. Algeria is also the largest importer of soybean oilcake. According to ITC data, the country imported 1.5 million tonnes of oilcake in 2015. Tunisia, Libya and Morocco use or import the least amount of soybean oilcake relative to Egypt and Algeria. These particular countries use less than 500,000 tonnes of soybean a year. The import drive of soybean oilcake does not end in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa is also a key importer for animal feed. South Africa is the leading importer in the sub-Saharan region, with annual imports of just over half a million tonnes (despite the increase in domestic soybean production in the recent past). Overall, Africa imports more than 4 million tonnes of soybean oilcake a year. This soybean and maize demand from animal feed industries is likely to prevail in the foreseeable future. Therefore, African farmers should consider increasing domestic soybean production in coming seasons as a substitute for the ever-growing imports of soybean products.

Reference: HUFFPOST

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