Adisseo and Novozymes enter partnership in probiotics for animals
The partners expect to launch the product within the next 12 months.
For decades, antibiotics have been widely used in animal production to help livestock grow, but more and more countries are now banning non-medicinal use as part of strategies to tackle resistance to antibiotic treatments in humans. Consumer-driven curbs on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters have further increased the demand for sustainable alternatives in animal farming.
Probiotics are naturally-occurring live microbes added to feed to improve the gut flora of pigs, poultry and other animals. They improve animal growth and feed utilization and have associated health benefits, thereby providing a natural alternative to antibiotic growth promoters.
Novozymes and Adisseo’s new product will be based on beneficial bacteria that promote weight gain and limit development of unwanted bacteria in the animal’s digestive tract. By using the product, farmers will better control gut health of their animals and achieve an improved feed conversion, meaning less feed consumed to raise an animal.
The product will be tailored for poultry, while the partners will explore future opportunities to expand into probiotics for both poultry and swine.
The partnership brings together global players with a solid track record in developing high performance feed additives who share an ambition to enter and develop the market for probiotics.
Novozymes will leverage its technology base, proven in enzymes and microbes, and Adisseo brings a unique expertise in amino acids, vitamins, feed enzymes and other feed solutions. ■