The solution provider - EWOS in brief

EWOS has developed solutions for the aquaculture industry for almost eight decades, creating value for our customers and continuously improving business efficiency and sustainability.

EWOS is one of three major salmonid fish feed companies globally, with leading market shares in several of the salmon feed markets in which EWOS operates. EWOS produces aquaculture feed, in the form of extruded pellets, for salmonids, which include Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout and chinook salmon. Approximately 93% of the feed volume we produce consists of salmonid feed, with the rest of the feed targeting other marine species, such as yellowfin tuna, as well as freshwater species, such as snakehead, tilapia and pangasius. We offer an extensive range of salmonid feed, from “standard feed,” which addresses the needs of salmonids at each stage of their life cycle, to “functional feed,” which supports the growth and health of salmonids.

With eight decades of experience in the aquaculture feed industry, we enjoy a long-standing reputation for our technical expertise, customer service, innovation and integrity, built upon continually improving production processes and in-depth research and development. Over the years, we have developed substantial knowledge of the nutritional requirements of salmonids and the nutritional profile of raw materials used in salmonid feed. Through our research and screening of more than 150 types of raw materials each year, we are able to develop feeds that optimise salmonid growth, and combine ingredients in a cost-efficient manner.

We operate primarily in Norway, Chile, Canada and Scotland, which are the four major salmonid farming markets and which together represent more than 90% of the global salmonid farming market.

In 2014, EWOS had strong market positions in salmonid feed producer in each of Norway, Chile and Scotland and Canada, with market shares of approximately 35%, 29%, 35% and 28% respectively, based on estimated sales volumes.

Proximity to our customers has allowed us to develop close working relationships with them, and to cooperate in areas ranging from logistics to feed performance. To further strengthen our customer relationships and better respond to their feed requirements, we have developed analysis tools to assist our customers in optimizing the feed yield. For instance, we currently have a database that documents the performance of over 745 million fish in Norway since 2000, based on analysis of more than 7,300 different fish cohorts.

Regulatory framework

Each operating company in the EWOS group needs to comply with laws and regulations in the country of operation and conducts compliance analysis regularly according to the ISO-standards implemented. The objective of the analysis is to ensure that the operations always comply with relevant laws and regulations in force.

EWOS participates in industry fora to influence development of regulations in countries of operation.

EU laws and regulations are increasingly used as the basis for development of regulatory framework in other countries.   An example of this is The Chilean National Livestock Agency who is now in a process for drafting a new regulatory framework, similar to the one in EU, will affect the feed industry in Chile.

The list below shows the key regulatory framework within EU:

  • Food law (178/2002) laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety  Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety
  • REGULATION (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene
  • REGULATION (EC) No 767/2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed
  • DIRECTIVE 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances in animal feed
  • REGULATION (EC) No 1069/2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption. 
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additives for use in animal nutrition.
  • REGULATION (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules
  • REGULATION (EC) No 396/2005 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 February 2005 on maximum  residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin
  • REGULATION (EC) No 999/2001 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 22 May 2001 laying down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform  encephalopathies
  • COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 152/2009 of 27 January 2009 laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed
  • Medicated feed Directive 90/167
  • GM feed & food Regulation 1829/2003
  • COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 56/2013 of 16 January laying down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
  • COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 225/2012 as regards the approval of establishments placing on the market, for feed use, products derived from vegetable oils and blended fats and as regards the specific requirements for production, storage, transport and dioxin testing of oils, fats and products derived thereof

The European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Round Table is an initiative that is co-chaired by the European Commission and food supply chain partners and supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and European Environment Agency. SCP Round Table’s vision is to promote a science-based, coherent approach to sustainable consumption and production in the food sector across Europe, while taking into account environmental interactions at all stages of the food chain. EWOS is participates in developing a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method as part of this initiative.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of US food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the attention from responding to contamination to preventing it. Clarifications of rules for implementation will be gradual.

Risk considerations

EWOS continuously manages operational risk and uncertainties in order to protect its strong reputation, to ensure continuously supply and to protect its assets.

The main factors creating risk exposure to EWOS are:

  • Volatility in raw material supply markets
  • Change in market conditions and market share
  • Salmon supply growth - Fish health situation
  • Raw material supply chain risk  

Each of these risks is continuously assessed by EWOS management and appropriate actions are taken towards their mitigation. EWOS has implemented EIMS, EWOS Integrated Management System, which integrates food safety, quality, occupational health and safety and environmental management, in all EWOS companies. EWOS builds on the principles of UN Global Compact and has have procedures in place to ensure that the suppliers has similar practise in place. The foundation for EIMS is compliance with the well-recognised international ISO standards, 9001, 22000, 14001 and OHSAS 18001.