Cargill opens new aquaculture research lab


Cargill has opened an aquaculture research lab in Dirdal, Norway, dedicated to developing new diets for the fish farming industry. The cutting-edge laboratory brings together the best lab, nutrition and raw material knowledge of Cargill and EWOS.

EWOS was acquired by Cargill in 2015 and is now integrated into Cargill Animal Nutrition as a business called Cargill Aqua Nutrition representing the EWOS brand.

The new $1.25 million dollar nutrition laboratory furthers Cargill’s commitment to strengthening its aquaculture research and development capabilities. The Dirdal lab was built on the Cargill (formerly EWOS) Innovation Center grounds, where research has been conducted for more than 30 years.

Cargill has a long-term commitment to investments in R&D, and this represents an important milestone in Cargill’s ambition to be the leading force in fish nutrition research. The new facility builds on Cargill’s existing competence on fish nutrition research and leading analytical capabilities that has earned the company a global reputation as the innovator in the salmon feed industry.

The Dirdal lab joins cutting-edge facilities across the globe, including a $10.5 million fish health center opened in Chile less than 6 months ago. Cargill’s R&D success in the aqua space is dependent on close cooperation and knowledge transfer between personnel and scientists across laboratory, pilot plant and fish trials.

Daniel Barziza, Global Aqua R&D Director stated that they are delighted to open their new laboratory in Dirdal. Having world-class laboratory capabilities sitting right next to their fish trial units and feed processing research center will strengthen the performance of the products by giving greater abilities to understand the interaction of raw materials, nutrients and feed manufacturing. It will also enhance the raw material development work and build on the leading knowledge in this area, allowing them to accelerate product development programs and introduce new solutions to market more quickly.

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