Norway’s 100,000 kilometres of coastline provides great opportunities for cultivating seaweed. The fishery and other aquaculture industries represent large sources of underutilised marine co-products with the potential to be developed into feed. Grassland and pasture make up 70 per cent of the arable land in Norway, but half of this can only be used for grass cultivation.
Norway also possesses large, underutilised forest areas which can provide bioresources to produce feed ingredients. 39 per cent of the total land area in Norway is forest, of which the annual harvest is less than 50 per cent of the growth.
Foods of Norway has a special focus on developing sustainable feed ingredients from renewable bioresources not suitable for direct human consumption, with the potential to be produced in large quantities at a competitive cost.
The centre aims to develop new, innovative processing techniques by exploiting state-of-the-art biorefining technologies which allow conversion of natural bioresources into high-quality feed ingredients for fish and livestock.