Domestic fish production in Finland is thriving, as Finland's only fish feed factory operates under a new name reflecting its new ownership. Formerly known as Raisioaqua, it is now operating as Alltech Fennoaqua Oy.
The company, which was previously owned by the Raisio Group, was recently acquired by Finnforel Oy and Alltech. The new name, Alltech Fennoaqua Oy, is a reference to the company’s home country of Finland and the region around the Baltic Sea.
Alltech Fennoaqua ensures Finnish domestic aquaculture production as a result of its domestic feed production in Raisio, Finland. Before the acquisition by Alltech and Finnforel, fish feed production in Finland was under threat. If the factory had shut down, Finland’s rainbow trout would have been entirely dependent on foreign feed.
“Fish feed production could have stopped in Finland without this change of ownership,” said Tomi Kantola, CEO of Alltech Fennoaqua. “After that, one could have questioned whether fish raised in Finland could actually be called Finnish in the end. Now, Alltech Fennoaqua will continue to provide Finnish feed for fish raised by Finns.”
The volume of production at the Alltech Fennoaqua factory will increase to accommodate additional production of RAS feeds. Alltech Coppens will also support the company through its RAS farming contacts and aid in developing new sales channels around the world for the feed produced within Finland.
“RAS farming is the future,” Kantola said. “Alltech Coppens has a research center in the Netherlands, which we can now use in our own research activities. Thanks to the research center and the available capacity, we can expand our production to include feeds used in RAS farming.”
Along with these resources for research and product development, the new ownership will also enable the expansion of the company’s operations abroad. Alltech Fennoaqua's primary focus is on increasing exports, and thanks to Alltech Coppens’ global distribution, the company will be able to begin exporting feed to a much broader market, with a focus on neighboring countries and regions, including Sweden, Poland, the Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Alltech Fennoaqua will continue to develop, manufacture and sell fish feed in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and the circular economy, which align with Alltech’s purpose of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™. The company’s main focus is on producing feed that provides the highest level of nutrition, which benefits the fish and, as a result, the end consumer.