Biomega CEO comments on industry sustainability efforts

17-Mar-2022

“Crucially for brands and product developers, as global consumers get savvier, the umbrella term ‘sustainability’ doesn’t hold the same commercial weight,” said Stig Victor Petersen

Biomega Group has shared its comments on the future of sustainability, including the rising imperative for ‘zero waste’ solutions.

Stig Victor Petersen, CEO at Biomega, commented: “For decades, high quality raw materials from the marine sector have delivered ingredients for feed and pet food next to human food, health and nutrition. We’re at a real turning point in driving the key issue of sustainability, where a larger part of these raw materials can be made available for human health and nutrition.

“What is meant to be food must be utilised for food where possible and thereby sustainability, in the context of the health and nutrition sector, is certainly no exception. Innovation in process design and manufacturing is at an all-time high and the consumer is more engaged than ever before. It’s clear that logical and robust circular economies are the way forwards, both commercially and for protecting the future of the sector.

“Crucially for brands and product developers, as global consumers get savvier, the umbrella term ‘sustainability’ doesn’t hold the same commercial weight. Consumers want demonstrable proof and action. There’s a marked move towards building a stronger circular economy, removing waste from the equation. This covers areas such as manufacturing and logistics, but innovation can also be found in ingredient sourcing and production too. It’s likely that over the coming year, we will see massive acceleration in technology that directly addresses circular economy principles.”

Alongside championing zero-waste operations, Biomega says it will increase focus on energy reduction in its operation. The business has reportedly invested in biorefineries which will increase its efficiency, making more effective use of energy.

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Petersen said: “When we talk about a circular economy in the health and nutrition industry, what we do is a great example of how this can work in practice – it’s essentially upcycling on a larger and more impactful scale and is fully aligned with UN Sustainable Development goals. Through our patented and continuous enzymatic hydrolysis process, which makes use of salmon parts for human health and nutrition, pet food and feed, we optimise the usage of high-quality raw materials and resources for production.”