Lallemand aquires Microbial Developments Ltd.

International Milling Directory‘s member Lallemand aquires Microbial Developments Ltd in new developments for their transatlantic prospects. Microbial Developments Ltd are in Malven, Worcestershire; coincidentally nearby in an adjoining county to the IMD’s publisher’s head office – Perendale Publishers. Lallemand’s product range already goes beyond the scope of the IMD so we will be keeping a close interest in the impact this has in the feed industry.

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Lallemand Animal Nutrition has announced that it has acquired Microbial Developments Ltd, the UK-based manufacturer of Aviguard, effective 31st December 2012.

Aviguard is a well established avian competitive exclusion product that aids the rapid establishment of normal gut flora in day old chicks thereby minimizing colonisation by transient pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, E. Coli and Clostridium perfringens. Aviguard is sold in over 36 countries and is widely used in broiler and layer breeders, parent and grandparent stock.

Lallemand has acquired Microbial Developments Ltd from Tim Nelson, who originally purchased the business from Bayer Plc in 1995 by way of a management buyout, and who will continue to act as its managing director. Sue Reynolds, sales and marketing director, will continue to manage Aviguard global distributor relationships and business development.

As part of the transaction Lallemand has also acquired Microbial Developments Ltd’s Aviguard and lactic acid bacteria fermentation plants, packing and R&D facilities located inMalvern,UK.  Under Lallemand’s ownership the business will continue to produce lactic acid bacteria for third party customers from the Malvern facility as well as producing bacteria for Lallemand’s own needs.

Commenting on the announcement, Yannig Le Treut, general manager of Lallemand Animal Nutrition said: “Aviguard is a well established and cost effective competitive exclusion solution used by many of the world’s leading poultry breeders and integrators to help prevent the colonization of the gut by salmonella and other pathogenic bacteria. With ever increasing consumer and regulatory pressures on the poultry industry to minimise the routine use of antibiotics, we believe Aviguard is well positioned for the future and will complement our existing portfolio of poultry products,  which includes Bactocell, Alkosel, Agrimos and Levucell SB”.

Tim Nelson, managing director of Microbial Developments Limited, said: “Lallemand’s investment in Microbial Developments is good news for our employees and customers. Lallemand’s distribution network will complement our existing distribution arrangements for Aviguard, opening new market opportunities. Our lactic acid bacteria and fermentation product customers will benefit from Lallemand’s fermentation expertise, R&D capabilities and depth of production capacity with the Malvern facility joining Lallemand’s existing plants in Milwaukee (USA), St Simon (France) and Montreal (Canada)”.

About Lallemand Animal Nutrition:

Lallemand Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company specializing in the research, development, production, marketing and distribution of yeast and bacteria for use in the  animal nutrition, baking, beverages and pharmaceutical industries. Lallemand has approximately 2,500 employees located in more than 36 countries on all continents. www.lallemand.com

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is dedicated to the development, production, and marketing of profitable, natural and differentiated solutions for animal nutrition and health. Core products are live bacteria for probiotics and silage inoculants, specific yeast for probiotics, and high value yeast derivatives. Lallemand is a major supplier of probiotics and silage inoculants technologies across all continents. More news from Lallemand Animal Nutrition can be seen on www.lallemandanimalnutrition.com

[Source: Engormix. 14.01.13 <http://en.engormix.com/MA-poultry-industry/nutrition/news/lallemand-animal-nutrition-acquires-t18162/141-p0.htm>].

EuroTier 2012: Jules Tournut Probiotics Prize

On November 13th 2012, at EUROTIER tradeshow, The European Probiotic Association (EPA) awarded the Jules Tournut Probiotics Prize 2012 to Peter de Schryver, from Ghent University, for his innovative research project on the use of microbial products and microorganisms in animal nutrition. The Prize was awarded in presence of members of the EPA, FEFANA, representative of the EPA Scientific Committee and journalists. Altogether, the quality and diversity of research projects submitted demonstrate that probiotics benefits go beyond zootechnical performance and pave the way for innovative applications in the field of immunity, but also stress management or even reproduction.

From left to right : J. Brufau (EPA Scientific Committee), E. Auclair (EPA Treasurer), P. de Schryver and L. Dussert (EPA President). 

The aim of the EPA Jules Tournut Prize is to support research and innovation in the field of probiotics for animal nutrition. Professor Joaquim Brufau, from IRTA, who represented EPA Scientific Committee, which formed the judging panel of the award, highlighted the scientific quality and diversity of applications explored by the candidates, who came from all over the world, beyond the boundary of Europe. The studies submitted covered a range of target species and benefits, sign of the broad potential of probiotics for sustainable animal production.

Peter de Schryver’s project aimed at improving performance and welfare in aquaculture thanks to an original approach: the use of poly-β- hydroxybutyrate (PHB), which he describes as a microbial energy storage polymer, an important source of energy for bacteria. PHB thus appears to play a prebiotic role in aquatic species, resulting in improved performance and resistance to pathogens. By combining this compound to a probiotic bacteria (synbiotic approach), the young researcher showed that both agents had a synergistic effect to protect fish against pathogens (use of Artemia franciscana as a well-studied model of aquaculture specie).

Nevertheless, when asked if this new approach could be applied to various species Peter de Schryver reckons that “it could certainly work in land farmed animals that have an even more developed digestive system”. The use of PHB in synbiotic approach for animal nutrition thus appears as a promising field.

Moreover, the young researcher is convinced that, especially in aquaculture, the digestive microbiota is often underestimated. Another interesting aspect of his study is that he looked into the Artemia microbiota richness and diversity and found that PHB had a positive effect on the microbiota diversity and evenness, an asset for microflora stability and protection against pathogens

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