Cargill is a leading supplier of salmon feed, distributed under the EWOS brand. With a strong focus on research and innovation, we provide the scientifically validated feed products you need to support all stages of salmon production. Our continual drive to develop the most sustainable, most innovative products in the industry is matched by our long track record of helping salmon producers succeed.
Global Innovation Centres
Our Global Innovation Centers are located in Dirdal, Norway, and Puerto Montt, Chile and most recently Colaco, Chile. These centers give us important insights into new ways to improve productivity and fish welfare.
The Dirdal research facility focuses on nutrition, applying metabolic modeling in order to understand nutritional requirements at all stages of the production cycle. The feed products that come from this research help to combat challenges from sea lice and from diseases such as Salmon Rickettsial Syndrome and Amoebic Gill Disease.
Research at the Puerto Montt facility has led the way in new functional feeds. EWOS-branded functional feeds represent an entirely new product category, creating feed designed specifically to support fish through stressful points of production. Products now available include EWOS BOOST and EWOS ROBUST – two functional feeds that provide documented effects beyond general nutrition. These feeds contain nucleotides, vitamins and attachment inhibitors against sea lice.
More Productive Feeds
Promoting rapid growth is another important focus. Since its launch in Norway in 2014, the performance feed EWOS RAPID has been helping salmon farmers to achieve optimized performance, giving fish a finely tuned balance of macronutrients such as protein and fat. This cuts the feed conversion ratio and helps to address challenges such as deteriorating gill condition and sea lice infestation.
EWOS RAPID is the first feed to be designed using our new COMPASS optimization tool, based on many years of research. Using COMPASS, our scientists predict and take into account changes in nutritional needs based on differences in smelt type and body composition, then adapt feed composition to reflect fish physiology under different environmental conditions.
A professional partner
Excellent supplier relationships, technological expertise and efficient distribution networks help to make Cargill the dependable partner of choice for salmon producers. Our goal is to help farmers achieve shorter production times and larger, more resilient fish. All of our salmon feed plants are independently certified to four international management standards: quality (ISO9001); food safety (ISO22000); environment (ISO14001); and health & safety (OHSAS18001). In addition, individual feed plants can be accredited to specific standards for local market needs.
Stringent policies mean that all EWOS feed ingredients are sustainable, traceable and produced to our exacting standards. The goal is to meet the needs and aspirations of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That means balancing economic, environmental, and social factors. Read more about our sustainability commitments in aquaculture.
Fast results from EWOS RAPID
What happened when a leading Norwegian farming company trialed EWOS RAPID
We continue to push the envelope in industry leading-products. A Norwegian customer trial of EWOS RAPID feed took place between August 2014 and early 2015, with five pens fed on EWOS RAPID and five on a standard EWOS grower diet – clearly demonstrating the benefits of this innovative product compared with a high-quality but conventional alternative.
Results were conclusive, showing that EWOS RAPID – the first feed developed using Cargill’s COMPASS methodology – delivers higher growth and lower feed conversion. The control group delivered very good outcomes, but the trial group did substantially better. EWOS RAPID resulted in a large positive difference in growth (controlled for variation in fish weight) and a significantly lower EFI (feed conversion controlled for variation in fish weight).
Real-world commercial results also confirmed fewer weeks at sea, with a shorter life cycle and larger fish. In fact, the EWOS RAPID-fed pens were ready for harvesting five to seven weeks earlier than those fed a standard diet. This product is now being made available in Scotland.