We believe in responsible supply chains, including deforestation-free palm oil and soya. We have worked collaboratively with our suppliers to understand the country of origin of the feed materials we purchase and have identified the country of origin for more than 95% of our materials.
We are using this insight to risk assess our ingredients more accurately. Our approach is based on using global risk analytics to understand where there may be an increased risk of environmental and political issues, or human rights abuses.
Our palm oil and palm oil derivatives are 100% sustainably sourced, using Palm Trace Certificates. We are part of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) Sustainability Committee and an active member in the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya. To date, we have validated that 57% of the soya we buy worldwide meets the FEFAC benchmark for responsibly sourced soya and we have committed to achieving a zero-deforestation supply chain for palm oil and soya by 2025.
Although soya is an efficient source of protein and is currently essential in some circumstances, we believe it is important to invest in researching and developing alternative protein sources. NovaPro, our dairy feed produced from UK-grown rapeseed, has recently been awarded the UK’s Royal Dairy Innovation Award in recognition of its ability to boost productivity while entirely removing the need for soya in dairy cow diets.
In 2020, we set up a new business, Livalta, to responsibly produce functional, protein-rich feed ingredients using the latest scientific and technological innovations. Along with our Innovation Team, Livalta are now part of the UK Based REACT-FIRST consortium, lead by Deep Branch. This is a group of industry and academic partners, granted £3 million by Innovate UK, aiming to develop and validate a new technology to grow single-cell protein for animal feed using CO2. This is a valuable opportunity to recycle carbon, while also providing protein suitable for feeding poultry and aquaculture.
We are part of a collaboration with start-up company Entocycle, also funded by Innovate UK, who are building the UK’s first industrial-scale insect farm. The project, entitled the Insectrial Revolution, uses black soldier flies to convert upcycled food waste from farms and factories into a sustainable, organic insect-based protein feed, as an alternative to soya.