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When wheat is processed into starch, a liquid extract is formed. It serves as the basis for nutrient-rich straight feeds and as an easily digestible starch component in pig feed.
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When wheat is processed into starch, a liquid extract is formed. It serves as the basis for nutrient-rich straight feeds and as an easily digestible starch component in pig feed.

The German feed manufacturer Crespeo and its Dutch trading partner Looop are increasingly focusing on a sustainable circular economy. Co-products from the food industry should lead to less waste and at the same time to ecologically as well as economically sensible feed solutions.

Sustainable feed solutions and less waste are the common goals of German feed manufacturer Crespeo, based in Ippenbüren, and its Dutch trading partner Looop, based in Venlo. Together, the two companies want to increase the focus on a sustainable circular economy following a relaunch of their brands, according to a joint statement.

Closing loops together

"The task of dealing more sustainably with the environment is one of the most urgent challenges of our time: we can only meet it together by all players - i.e. politics, agriculture, industry and consumers - pulling together," explains Heike Sander, Head of Marketing & Communications at Crespeo. As a distributor and logistics partner, Looop is a link in this process and closes the loop by making valuable co-products available, for example from starch production.

Crespeo, as the animal feed branch of the parent company Crespel & Deiters Group is now called, supplies products from wheat processing as feed for pigs. The parent company Crespel & Deiters Group processes more than 300,000 tons of EU wheat annually, at least 75 percent of which comes from German cultivation. The wheat kernel is broken down into its components and processed for various sectors of the food, pet food, non-food and animal feed industries. Processing wheat into wheat starch produces a liquid wheat extract that contains high starch content as well as high-quality proteins and amino acids. Crespeo uses this extract as the basis for nutrient-rich straight feeds and as an easily digestible starch component for pig diets.

Link between the food and feed industries

Independent distributor Looop carries a variety of co-products from the food and fermentation industries.  Looop acts between the food industry and users of co-products such as livestock and advocates for resource-efficient use of raw materials. "Our big 'why' is the vision of a 100 percent circular value chain, where there is no more raw material and food waste. We realize this every day in our work by upcycling as many co-products as possible for more than 30 years," explains Bram Kuunders, Marketing & IT Manager Looop. The use as animal feed is just one of the industries in which the by-products can be used, he adds. Looop also trades in pet food, food made from insects, bio-based materials and products for sustainable energy production. In addition to wheat, they also base their products on potatoes, corn and other grains from food and beverage production.

"When it comes to sustainability, the origin and composition of the feed plays a leading role: consumers are demanding more naturalness, and politicians are striving for transparency in supply chains," adds. "Our wheat-based feeds are just one example of more than 100 sustainable products from the Looop offering catalog that master the balancing act between ecological and economic demands."

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