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December 3, 2014

Sweden

Findus and Vegafish Start Shrimp Farming Project

 

Findus, a multinational frozen food business headquartered in the United Kingdom with operations in Europe, and Vegafish, which develops land-based, recirculating biofloc systems for fish and shellfish farming, have embarked on a new shrimp-farming project in Sweden.

 

The project will be located in Bjuv, a city in southern Sweden.  Vegafish will develop and run the growout operations, and Findus will do the freezing, packaging, sales and distribution of the shrimp.

 

Henrik Nyberg, Business Development and IT Director at Findus, said the project will start with a 3,000-square-meter facility, utilizing robotic and automated monitoring and management systems, along with waste heat from Findus’s other facilities, to provide optimal growth temperatures in the Nordic climate.  Extensive use of energy from renewable sources and efficient use and recovery of natural resources will ensure year-round, environmental friendly production.

 

Whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) will be grown on a natural diet without any pharmaceuticals or chemicals. Recycling and use of farming byproducts from neighboring agricultural farms will be utilized.  Initially the objective is to have the shrimp certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, but the long-term objective is to grow organic shrimp certified according to the local KRAV Standard.

 

The plan is to introduce the shrimp to the Swedish restaurant market in the summer of 2015, followed by an introduction to the Swedish retail market. The products will be sold under the Findus brand.  Depending on sales, the facility may be expanded, and its organic shrimp may be marketed outside of Sweden.

 

Information: Matilda Olstorpe, Chief Executive Officer, Vegafish AB, Marsta Rosenlund 125, SE-755 93 Uppsala, Sweden (email matilda.olstorpe@vegafish.com, webpage http://www.vegafish.com).

 

Information: Henrik Nyberg, Business Development and IT Director, Findus, Billesholmsvägen, Bjuv, 267 40, Sweden (phone +46-0-42-86-000, mobile 46-0-761-173361, email henrik.nyberg@se.findus.com, web page http://findus.se).

 

Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  Report on Joint Venture.  Henrik Nyberg.  December 3, 2014.

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