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InnoFeed, speed up the innovation in Feed Industry.We believe that the feed additive industry is not innovating fast enough, that's why we interview the leading players in the sector so that they can give you the keys to the next 10, 20 and 30 years, where innovations are going and where you can have the most impactInnovation directors, Nutritionist, Marketing directors, Investors or even researchers, in 30 minutes they explain what role they play and the challenges they face.
25 Episodes
Christophe Briens, a veterinarian at CCPA, discusses coccidiosis and the way to better master the challenge using conventional or alternative solutions. Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease affecting all poultry species, causing significant economic loss. Prevention methods include good management practices, vaccines, feed additives, and monitoring programs. In Europe, rotation programs with coccidiostats feed additives are commonly used to prevent parasite resistance.
Ana Gavrău who is currently the global technical sales and innovation Manager for the Betaine at Agrana, a European fruit, starch and sugar group. Graduated in Romania and started at Biomin company as product manager, Ana was working with premix formulation.  She then started in 2015 at Agrana as global product manager. Consulting the Agrana Co-products for the feed sector and offering technical support for new products such as liquid betaine. In 2019 , Anna switches from the feed department of the AGRANA Starch division to  Agrana sales and marketing Sugar division of AGRANA covering the global technical sales, product registration and product innovation topics for the natural  crystalline Betaine products.  This ingredient still continue to reveal new functionalities to serve the feed industry.
Darwin is an animal Nutritionist at Bioproton, Australia. He is graduated with a Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (Hons) from the University of Queensland in 2019. He has three years of research assistant experience, which entails feed formulation, conducting monogastric studies in feed additives and feed enzymes, and preparation of literature for publication of his Honours project entitled “The Role of Amino Acids in Heat-Stressed Broilers''.Darwin has been working for the company Bioproton for just a year and is doing at the same time his PhD about probiotic and gut microbiota impacted positively with probiotics. That will be the topic of this episode.
Georgie Croxford is Head of the technical team for feed ingredients at KW Feeds and Trident a division of AB Agri, UK. She is a strong advocate for the use of co-products in ruminant diets.Geogie explains why co-products  participate in a circular economy and indirectly to a more sustainable agri-economy. She talks how Covid-19 combined with Brexit hit all the industries in the UK especially on the co-products sector that is very dependant on raw materials availability and logistics. You also learn in this episode why Georgie  advocates for making agriculture more attractive for young people with an emphasis for women in agriculture. 
The use of dietary fibers in pig nutrition is linked from the outset to the need to modify expensive cereal-soybean diets by valorizing by-products including fibrous raw materials. For this, it was necessary to better characterize the nature and composition of the fibers: from the measurement of crude cellulose to soluble and insoluble NSP (Non-Starch Polysaccharides). Many studies have been undertaken to determine their optimal conditions of use in pig formulas, as fibers are the primary factor in reducing the digestibility of net energy and can prove to be, when in excess, a diluent of nutrient intake and an antinutritional factor. But it is also and above all the essential nutrient improving the digestive process, the balance of the microbiota and the health of the piglet at weaning.The quality of fibers in many regions of the globe limits their use due to the risks of mold and contamination with mycotoxins. The use of toxin sensors and/or healthy sources of fiber is then strongly recommended.
The NEP score or Natur-add Environmental Performance Score enables any producer of specialty feed ingredients to measure for free the impact of its products on the environment. Just go to the public website of Natur-add , click on the “NEP score menu” and check the button to simulate the score. Then, just answer the proposed questions. The score is based on 20 questions shared in 2 parts:Half of the questions evaluate the impact at the production siteThe other half evaluate the impact of the specialty feed ingredient when used by animals on his environment.At the end of the questionnaire just enter your email and get a message in your mailbox that will enable you to discover your final score which is presented with a letter from A to E, A being the best result.This podcast explain how this score has been built and why it is a first tool any producer of Specialty feed ingredient will have to use to be aware of the minimum criteria to handle.
In today’s podcast we are speaking to Daniel Bercovici who currently run a consulting company, Biostorming. Daniel spent thirty years of business activities with the Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition and has been managing  amino acid bioindustry corporations, in Latin America, USA and France. He was also a corporate executive officer of Ajinomoto, Japan between 2013 and 2019.Daniel made a wide contribution to the feed industry associations all along this period as member/board member/chairman, at SYNPA, France ; FEFANA, EU ; Sindiraçoes, Brazil, American Feed Industry Federation, USA and finally as chairman of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) between 2017 and 2021 with noticeable partnership with the FAO.
Dipti Warrier is talking about company strategy and development on different segment of the feed market comparing complete feed, premixes and feed additive. Dipti gives us some clues to invest properly and how to differentiate products from competitor wherever you are in the feed, premixes or feed additives segment. Dipti really overcomes comprehensive trends that the feed industry has really to pay attention to including sustainability, novel foods and some new feed additives of way to apply them.If you stay tune up to the end Dipti reveals a new phytase that is embedded in corn that could be a breakthrough for the feed industry, hence the corn can be directly deliver to farmers avoiding the feed mill.A very informative interview. 
Leonardo Marcoviq Borges started his own company in 2019 as an auditor, consultant and instructor qualified for GMP+ / FSA and FAMI-QS certification in the feed sector in Brazil.GMP+ FSA is currently the most popular certification with 278 companies certified in different segment of the feed industry in 2021. FAMI-QS is a certification that currently has a greater penetration in the feed additives market with 13 certified companies in Brazil.Over the last 12 years, Leonardo noticed the greatest interest of Brazilian companies to compile with international safety standards not only to have access to some export markets with strict regulation but also to use such key procedures to differentiate from each other's.
Luis Miguel Dong Saul is technical manager for the range of Nutritional feed additives at Sanfer Animal Health, Mexico. Luis Miguel is an expert in mycotoxin prevalence in raw materials and control solutions in animal husbandry.He talks about main mycotoxins affecting most of cereals in Mexico and how to mitigate their effects. Testing mycotoxins with the right technologies will also be covered in this episode together with the way they evolved over the last 10 years.
Devendra is a consultant veterinarian and animal nutritionist from India, enabling livestock producers to make an informed choice when they look for solutions to their animal agri-business challenges ranging from feed costs, gut health management, mycotoxin challenge, immuno-modulation and likewise.Devendra has been active within animal feed industry in India for almost 2 decades serving different European multinationals feed additive companies.He has gained experience within gut health management some of which applies to organic acid application such as butyric acid in animal diet. he talks about some of main challenges that the Indian poultry industry has to cope with.
Pablo Gambin, majoring in ruminant animal production at the Universidad de Castilla-La-Mancha is a proactive professional interested in food and agribusiness at national and international level. He worked and lived in France and Czech Republic. Nowadays, he is a sales regional manager in Spain at Andrès Pintaluba.Pablo talks about the vision young professionals in the industry see the evolution of the feed industry and what influence their point on view of the market.  He also covers different other topics such as sustainability in the feed industry, local versus global production in a country where consumers are very attached to their regional production, which is synonymous with quality and terroir.
Sean Peters is the CEO of Dry Gro, an agricultural-technology venture conducting R&D into the next generation of plant-base protein. The company is working on new ways to produce animal feed protein ingredients, as an alternative to soybean meal that can produce eight times faster than soy using 90% less water without the requirement for arable land. DryGro uses cutting-edge plant science to produce Water Lentils. This tiny, fast-growing plant is one of the most efficient sources of protein on the planet, and will lead the way to a more sustainable global diet in the 21st century.
Roger Hsu is technical sales Manager at Paow Chen Long Enterprise Co. , Taiwan. Roger has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from National Taiwan University.Paow Chen Long Enterprise is an importer of feed additives and commodities such as fishmeal and vegetable proteins. The company has also a pharmaceutical department distributing animal pharmaceuticals but also distributes some products from european specialty feed ingredients and dairy products.Roger talks about the evolution of the taiwanese market and how the consumer starts to be more aware of animal welfare and sustainability of animal production backed by some large western supermarket chains and supported by the ever strict regulation that limit the use of antibiotics and other molecules.He also points out the fact that the swine market will deeply change over the next years as the new generation is not interested to take over their parents' farm that will be sold to an ever larger integration or feedmill.
uIn today podcast we are speaking to Anne Sophie VALABLE and Jean PASCARD, respectively product manager monogastric and ruminant feed Solutions at CCPA, a union of agricultural cooperatives, specialized in animal nutrition and health whose headquarter is in Brittany, France.CCPA offers its customers a wide range of innovative product solutions (premixes, piglet feed, adjuvants, additives, nutritional specialities, hygiene products, etc.), services and expertise. Both cover the topic on how to mitigate the impact of heat stress in animal production, reminding the changes in some physiological parameters that affect animal performances and bringing some tools and recommendation to smoothen the challenge.
Amine Benarbia is R & D Manager at Norfeed, a premier French company  developing vegetal based feed additives. Amine is a Doctor of Veterinary medicine. He is an expert in developing alternative coccidiostats based on natural feed ingredients. That is the main topic of that episode.Amine completed his PhD in 2012 from Angers' University and Postdoctoral studies from INSERM, a french public body involved in biotechnology and medical research. Amine is Leading a team of 6 teammates to make R&D for solutions to Norfeed customer’s challenges.After introducing the present options to fight coccidiosis for the feed industry, Amine explains how some selected botanicals molecules could offer a flexible option in shuttle programs, rotation programs or in combination with vaccines. He explains the limits of using such molecules in terms of regulation and assessment of their efficiency.  
Dr Wahaj Ahmed, DVM from UVAS Lahore main campus, Pakistan. Wahaj is cluster sales & product manager at UM Enterprises that is a commercial importer of feed additives for poultry and dairy. Wahaj is dedicated to cater for veterinary diagnostics which include feed, food, poultry and dairy segments. One of his main responsibilities for feed is “Mycotoxin management” that will be the topic of our discussion.After reminding that detection of Mycotoxins started in Pakistan a few time ago, Wahaj explains what laboratory technologies he is using to detect pathogens. He stresses out the importance of early detection of Mycotoxin in raw materials.
Aurelie Wilfart is a researcher at the French public research center INRAe.  She is in charge of the environmental analysis of animal production systems. Aurelie’s research activities focus on improving environmental assessment methods, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Emergy Accounting (EA) in order to adapt them to the specificities of agricultural systems. She apply these environmental analysis methods to assess the environmental impacts of agricultural systems related to animal husbandry and aquaculture systems. A part of her  research activities relies on designing and developing environmental analysis tools based on LCA and EA.Aurelie is also the main Editor of the French LCA database for animal feedstuff (Ecoalim Database) and the co-animator of the “tools for analysis of territorial flows” axis of the mixed technological network MAELE.
Rui Alexandre Gonçalves is currently the Global Aquaculture Business developer and innovation manager at Lucta, Spain. He gained his BSc degree in marine biology and biotechnology in 2006 and further increased his education by performing a MSc in Aquaculture and a post graduation degree in pharmaceutical sciences (University of Algarve, Portugal).Rui obtained his PhD at the University of Stirling, studying the impact of mycotoxins in aquaculture, namely in rainbow trout. He is author/co-author of more than 70 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and magazines. In 2019, Rui led the publication of the book entitled “Mycotoxins in Aquaculture”, where he was also author of several chapters.Aquaculture is still a young science in controlling pathogen challenge.  Rui bring insights about the future challenges in the sector. 
Vincent Doumeizel is a Senior Advisor at the United Nations Global Compact, which support a food revolution of fossil-based solutions, notably seaweed, for many years now. He has been trying to address some of the world challenges such as hunger, plastic pollution, global warming, but also antibiotic replacements and restriction of immunity in animal protection. He also led a global seaweed coalition to enable collaboration, and neutralize a need for regulation and certifications, then compare standards of food prediction and other human safety. A very interesting interview that try to convince us that seaweed can help to address the big challenge of our generation but also of the feed industry.