DENMARK—Aller Aqua Group A/S, a Danish-headquartered feed company confirms it has acquired Danforel, a leading European producer of smoked trout fillets.

Aller Aqua said in a press release that the share capital purchase was concluded at the start of May and that new investments in expanded fry facilities alongside optimized production will commence very soon.

“From Aller Aqua’s side, we look forward to the new close collaboration between the companies, which will give both companies better opportunities to optimize fish farming, processing, and marketing in the future,” Aller Aqua CEO Hans Erik Bylling said.

“In addition, we want to ensure the optimum utilization of the whole fish,” Bylling added.

Aller Aqua said its initiatives will ensure Danforel will continue to be the best procurer of fish produced in Danish aquaculture farms and in that right, Danforel Director, Erik Hansen is to continue as CEO.

Established in 1939, Grindsted, Denmark-based Danforel is a privately owned limited liability company with 140 employees and six aquaculture facilities.

It produces 4,000 tonnes of Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified trout annually, and 120,000 consumer-packaged warm-smoked fish fillets daily.

The company prides itself on striving to achieve the best possible quality in its products and so, maintains strict control of the entire process, from farming until the warm-smoked fish fillets are sent to the shops.

Aller Aqua, on the other hand, is a family-owned company that has been producing fish feed for more than 50 years, and currently supplies to 70 countries worldwide from its factories in Denmark, Poland, Germany, Egypt, China, Zambia, and Serbia.

Collectively, these facilities provide the $US 197.2 million turnover company with a production capacity in excess of 300,000 MT.

Its professional development- and research center in Germany, Aller Aqua Research, consistently works on optimizing, developing, and documenting the effect of its products. This ensures that its customers receive timely, top-quality professional products at competitive prices.

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