December Business Highlights: Latest Developments in the Poultry Industry

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Stay updated with the freshest insights from the global poultry sector with our December business update.

  1. Carbon-Neutral Certification for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Georgia Plant Boehringer Ingelheim’s Gainesville, Georgia, manufacturing plant secured carbon-neutral certification for the second consecutive year. This achievement is a result of ongoing energy-saving initiatives and improved utilization of the building management system. The plant reduced its CO2 emissions by 23% from 2021 to 2022, preventing nearly 700 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
  2. Freshlay Brand Makeover by Noble Foods Noble Foods has revitalized its speciality free-range brand, Freshlay, introducing new packaging for Golden Yolker eggs. Available in packs of 6 and 10, these eggs replace the previous ‘Freshlay Golden Yolks’ brand. The redesigned brand, now featured in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, and Co-op, saw a remarkable 123% increase in retail sales over the past year.
  3. Enorm Biofactory: Northern Europe’s Largest Insect Farm Denmark’s Enorm Biofactory, spanning 22,000 sqm, has opened as the largest insect farm in northern Europe. With an investment of approximately €70 million, the facility will breed black soldier fly larvae for insect protein and oil. Key technologies were supplied by Better Insect Solutions, a subsidiary of the Big Dutchman group.
  4. Alltech’s 2023 European Harvest Analysis Reveals Mycotoxin Challenges Alltech’s 2023 European Harvest Analysis detected higher mycotoxin risks in Europe, particularly in barley crops. Persistent rains during harvesting posed significant challenges, especially with Fusarium-related issues in wheat and barley. Barley showed the highest risk, averaging 6 mycotoxins per sample, while corn faced lower challenges overall, with pockets of higher risk in central and southern Europe.
  5. Sustell Receives ‘Golden Key Champion’ Award DSM-Firmenich’s Sustell was honored at the ‘Golden Key’ ceremony, receiving both the ‘Golden Key – Champion’ and ‘Golden Key – Outstanding’ awards in the Tech4SDG category. These accolades recognize Sustell’s exceptional contributions towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  6. Aviagen Inaugurates 9th US Hatchery in Texas Aviagen marked the opening of its 9th hatchery in the US, located in Longview, Texas. The facility, capable of setting 1.1 million eggs per week, successfully completed its first Parent Stock shipment.
  7. Novus to Showcase Innovations at the IPPE Novus poultry experts will present the latest research on trace minerals, footpad health, and carcass quality at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, starting at the end of January.
  8. InSAFE Research Program Aims to Commercialize UK Insect Farming The University of Leeds and Entocycle initiated a £430,000 research program named InSAFE to commercialize the UK insect farming industry. Focused on developing protocols, codes of practice, and Food Safety and Quality standards, the project will explore the use of non-permissive feedstocks for black soldier fly rearing.
  9. Alltech Awarded 3 EcoVadis Sustainability Medals Alltech received a silver medal from EcoVadis, placing it in the top 25% of sustainable companies globally. Additionally, Alltech’s production site in Springfield, Kentucky, earned a platinum medal, while Alltech Coppens, a producer of industrial feeds for the aquaculture sector, achieved gold-medal status, both ranking among the top sustainable companies globally. EcoVadis evaluates companies based on environmental, social, and ethical performance across various categories and countries.

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