USA — Scoular’s fishmeal brand Encompass is launching a new marine sustainability program that incentivizes fishmeal producers to implement long-term sustainability practices that exceed standard certification requirements and meet growing consumer demand for high-quality ingredients.
Scoular said the program is among the most comprehensive in the industry, with the goal of collaborating with each customer to explore, define and customize their sustainability needs.
Scoular services some of the most recognized brands and premium companies globally, and sources for its pet food and aquafeed customers from more than 30 countries, making it one of the largest and most diverse fishmeal and fish oil suppliers globally.
The company also holds Marine Stewardship Council and MarinTrust Chain of Custody certifications which assures customers it meets the established BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) and ASC (Aqua Stewardship Council) standards required by many retailers worldwide.
Setting measurable goals. By 2023, the goal is that 80% of Scoular’s producers are program compliant and by 2025, 75% of the marine products sold will meet ASC and BAP standards.
“Because of Scoular’s deep expertise and network, we are well-positioned to lead the way for our industry by partnering with others to maintain resilient ecosystems that produce safe and nutritious feed and food ingredients,” said Steve Dahlblom, global marine manager at Scoular.
Among the key components of Scoular’s new marine sustainability program is to create end-to-end traceability and transparency for all of its marine ingredients by providing customers with data on everything from a fishery’s gear to a processor’s facility and safe labor conditions.
Another primary objective is to offer a unique seven-level classification system that uses this data to rate fishmeal producers and the supply chain. Scoular will track and support producers to bring their products to the highest valued market.
The company also plans to introduce fisheries and customers to new products, services, technology and other investments that reduce waste and drive efficiency.
It could, for example, advise producers on best practices or lead large investment projects. Currently, the cold is investing with processing partners in Warrenton, Oregon, US, to upcycle marine byproducts and trimmings into fishmeal and fish oil.
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