Cargill Innovation Center in Dirdal, former EWOS Innovation, is a pioneer in fish feed research and innovation, with a long history of brave and important R&D investments. The tradition continues as part of Cargill.
The innovation center focus is research on nutrition and nutrition-related areas for salmonids, including feed processing and raw material development. These state-of-the-art R&D facilities, including world-class researchers, has laid the foundation for former EWOS, now Cargill, can offer the very best fish feed and advice to customers, and be the trend-setting innovator in the aquaculture industry.
Fish health is a high priority at Cargill Innovation Center, and has been at former EWOS Innovation through decades. We have several projects aimed at improving fish health, including combatting the most serious challenges to fish health in aquaculture: sea lice and diseases. Cargill is continuously looking for new sources of protein that can contribute to a continued sustainable growth in the production of farmed salmon, and CIC Dirdal has several projects on this matter.
Cargill Innovation Center in Dirdal consists of a research facility, a purpose-built research lab, a pilot plant and the full scale seaside fish trial sites Gråttnes and Oltesvik. The research in Dirdal started in 1986 when former EWOS opened a research station. Ten years later, the research station had expanded to include a technology center and two sea sites for large-scale research trials, achieving a co-location of fish feed research and research on technology on fish feed production. And in 2017 Cargill opened a cutting-edge research laboratory.
Examples of innovation/R&D:
- EWOS Growth Index (EGI): Launched 2001, the most robust model globally for predicting salmon growth, includes data from 1,3 billion fish in Canada, Chile, Norway, Scotland (2017).
- EWOS RAPID: The market's most innovative grower feed for salmon, with a unique nutritional balance for the fastest possible growth. Launched 2016.
SalmoNIR: New technology for sampling of live salmon. Launched August 2017.