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Formulated to mimic the natural feeding approach of shrimp larvae, Elevia is a next-generation solution that surpasses conventional feeding methods and traditional aquafeed ingredients, setting a new standard for hatchery performance. Incorporating new sustainable raw materials such as essential long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, algae-derived DHA and hydrolyzed marine proteins, it enables shrimp to develop into strong and healthy post larvae with increased capacity to thrive in nursery environments.
Elevia improves the ability of shrimp to handle challenges by providing them with nutrients that improve their immune system and overall resilience. This enables the shrimp to cope more effectively with stressful environmental changes. As a result, shrimp production becomes more reliable and successful, reducing the risks associated with variations in water conditions and other factors. This also enables the hatcheries to improve the overall carry capacity of the system.
Through Elevia's advanced formulation, physical properties and color, the need for multiple diets and flakes is significantly reduced, resulting in simplified operations and feed management. Another key feature that contributes to streamlining operations is the diet's ability to maintain water stability. Thanks to its unique composition and encapsulation of omega-3 fatty acids, the leaching of lipids into the production system is prevented, ensuring cleaner and uncompromised water quality. Consequently, intact feed particles remain stable for extended periods, minimizing the necessity for frequent replacements. This not only promotes optimal water conditions but also facilitates essential system maintenance, all while alleviating the strain on bio- and mechanical filters.
Trials and customer validation results
Elevia follows more than 6 years of R&D development that included 20 trials performed at research facilities in both Asia and Latin America. Prior to the launch, Elevia has been also extensively tested under industrial commercial conditions at facilities in Ecuador and Indonesia. An important aspect of the commercialization of a diet is upscaling and industrial production. Elevia has been developed together with our Center of Excellence for life start feed in Skretting France. Their in-depth knowledge of the complex production process allows us to deliver perfection in micronutrition.
Trial results have shown excellent assimilation of the diet particles from Zoea 2 onwards, with a smooth and clean transition through the stages. Superior performance was observed in terms of muscle-to-gut ratio, lipid deposition, and activity compared to all the tested feeds. Additionally, water quality and stability were dramatically improved. At the end of each trial, Elevia demonstrated vastly superior FCR with a typical reduction of up to 50% compared to conventional feeds. This achievement is accomplished through a combination of faster growth and improved survival per unit input.
Elevia is produced in Skretting’s state-of-the-art LifeStart facility in France and is currently available in Ecuador, with other markets to follow.
“In these tough times for the shrimp industry, our customers have made it clear that they need a feed that is affordable, delivers consistent results, and promotes the growth of strong and healthy post-larvae. Elevia checks all three boxes. It typically improves profit yield by 20% compared to traditional feeding practices. Basically, we are getting more shrimp while using less feed. This may seem counter-intuitive for a feed company, but it is through these kinds of innovations that the whole industry can enhance sustainability and profitability. Our purpose is Feeding the Future, and Elevia is the perfect solution to make it happen.”
Eamonn O’Brien, Global Product Manager LifeStart