First Alltech Aqua InDepth conference concludes in the Netherlands


[EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands] – Over 200 global aquaculture industry professionals gathered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, for Aqua InDepth, Alltech’s first aquaculture conference. The event welcomed attendees representing 42 countries — including India and Bangladesh — who took part in presentations and tours that provided invaluable insights into the global aquaculture industry.

Over the course of the event, attendees heard from 15 handpicked speakers who shared their industry expertise and thoughts on the future of aquaculture. The event gave Alltech customers, partners and collaborators an opportunity to network with industry leaders and peers as well as learn about the Alltech story and the support that the industry can offer as we work together for a Planet of Plenty™.

On Oct. 1, the plenary session was opened by Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, who was followed by: Dr. Albert Tacon, technical director of AquaHana LLC; Dr. Philip Lyons, global manager of aquaculture research at Alltech Coppens; and Gorjan Nikolik of Rabobank International. Focus sessions on finfish and shrimp followed.

As part of the conference, Alltech Coppens announced the winner of the inaugural Inventor program. The program aims to discover and support the unique ideas developed by farmers, for farmers, and help bring them to the global market. The prize was awarded to fish farm Tropic Ribarstvo and its invention, a peracetic acid dispenser for trout farms.  

“There was a wide range of exciting and diverse innovations, and the choice of selecting a winner was exceptionally difficult,” said Pat Charlton, CEO of Alltech Coppens. “Traditionally, the flow in the fish tank is stopped and the peracetic acid is manually applied to the water — this can cause additional stress on the fish and uneven distribution of the therapeutic. This invention is an extremely efficient method of treating fish in a way that ensures safe and stable dosing while minimising stress to fish stock during the process.”

As part of the prize, Tropic Ribarstvo won €2,000 of Alltech Coppens feed and the support of the Alltech Innovation team to help develop the idea and communicate it to the aquaculture industry.

The event closed with attendees visiting both the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, which is Alltech’s exclusive aquaculture bioscience centre, and the Alltech Coppens factory.



About Alltech Coppens:

Alltech Coppens, established in 1993, is a respected leader in innovative feed solutions focused on maximising feed efficiency. For more than 25 years, Alltech Coppens has earned a strong reputation for being an innovative, high-quality feed producer. The company’s specialities include temperate and tropical marine and freshwater diets for a variety of juvenile and adult species. The company also produces top-quality ornamental and bait feeds.

Active in more than 60 countries around the world, the specialist team at Alltech Coppens have expert knowledge to guarantee high-quality, innovative aquatic feed developed for many fish species at all life stages.

The Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre provides a scientific platform for product development and the provision of innovative solutions to meet the challenges of aquaculture producers worldwide. For further information, visit

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a cutting-edge technology company in a traditional industry, agriculture. Our products improve the health and nutrition of plants and animals, resulting in more nutritious products for people as well as less impact on the environment. 

With expertise in yeast fermentation, solid state fermentation and the sciences of nutrigenomics and metabolomics, Alltech is a leading producer of yeast additives, organic trace minerals, feed ingredients, premix and feed.

Together, with our more than 5,000 talented team members worldwide, we believe in “Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™.” With the adoption of new technologies, the adaptation of better farm management practices and the ingenuity inherent in the human spirit, we believe a world of abundance could be ours.

Alltech is a private, family-owned company, which allows us to adapt quickly to our customers’ needs and stay focused on advanced innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit Join us in conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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