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About European Protein

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Healthy animals and a healthy business go hand in hand

At European Protein, we work to promote health for production animals worldwide.  We believe that natural, sustainable, and fermented plant proteins are the key to improving animal health.

Healthy animals need less medicine, handling, and expensive feed additives. The animals make better use of the feed and convert it into performance measures like growth or milk production. That’s how healthy animals contribute to a more sustainable and better bottom line.

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How to promote animal health through protein feed?

We change and balance the relationship between good and bad bacteria in the gut through functional complementary protein. A better balance of beneficial and commensal bacteria contributes to a better overall animal health status. Our feed solutions target both specific bacteria and parasites.

The younger the animal, the quicker and more efficiently we can influence the gut and the immune system through the feed. The gut bacteria are affected as early as in the womb.

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What makes our feed solutions sustainable?

Our process method, lactic acid fermentation, demands very little energy and water. Fluids that naturally occur in products, like algae, are used as part of the process. By drying more plants at a time, we maintain a low number of drying cycles. Drying is the costliest process in terms of CO2 emissions.

We do not add expensive, synthetic additives to our feed; simply because we don’t need them in our protein feed to obtain health benefits. Health benefits are created by the fermentation process, which unlocks the natural beneficial abilities of plants. We use by-products from food production and local plant protein like rapeseed and seaweed.

By using as little energy for production as possible, we can produce a protein that is environmentally sustainable and economically sustainable for the producer.

Sustainability is an ongoing process. We will continue to adjust and look for new methods to reduce our emissions and carbon footprint.

Part of a solution

We believe that fermented plant protein is a solution that targets some of the significant challenges in animal production. That’s why we call them “Tomorrow’s solutions…today”.

Here’s how

  • EP-products make better use of protein resources by enhancing the digestibility and lowering feed intake
  • EP-products reduce the discharge of Phosphor and Natrium
  • EP-products promote the animal’s internal health. It lowers the need for antibiotics and slows down antibiotic resistance development
  • EP products promote well-being through better health and support a sustainable and ethical animal production

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New and healthier proteins 

Fermentation can make Europe more self-sufficient in sustainable protein and reduce the carbon footprint from soybean import. With a growing population, we need to make better use of the existing proteins and find new sustainable ones. It is already technically possible to make better use of protein through fermentation.

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Better use of existing protein

All anti-nutritional factors degrade in the fermentation process and utilise locally produced proteins such as rapeseed, sunflower, lupines and horse beans.

Fermentation enriches the protein making it more digestible for animals. A result is that less feed is needed to reach an equivalent or improved performance.

Fermentation increases the value of crops by 5-15 % and replaces expensive protein additives in conventional and organic protein using plant proteins like algae.

Fermentation releases all minerals in the feed and lets the animals utilise the existing minerals better, minimising the need for adding minerals to the feed. Another benefit is that fewer minerals pass through the animals and into the manure and in the fertiliser.

Alternative proteins

Algae absorb high amounts of P, N and other aquatic systems in the sea. It is possible to produce up to 20 times more protein/acre than on land. That makes algae a future food supplement and energy resource. Through fermentation, the advantages of algae are unlocked and used as a supplement. The high protein level of mussels makes them suitable as a new protein, but the cost of proteins needs considering.

Protein price competition

Fermentation is economically beneficial for the farmers as it increases animal weight gain, reduces the need for medication and reduces feed costs. We only enter protein-business, where the outcomes can compete with current protein sources.

Fermented EP-products replace fishmeal and enzyme-treated soybean concentrate without loss of performance. The production of fishmeal drains the ocean for large numbers of fish. Producing one ton of fishmeal takes three to four tons of fish. ​

Healthier protein

Feeding fermented feed reduces the risk of bacterial outbreaks in animals. Fermented products contain probiotics, prebiotics and metabolites, which breaks down even the most resilient pathogenic bacteria. EP products support the development of a normal immune defence system and thick gut lining, preventing bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

Our sister company www.fermbiotics.com works with fermented products for humans and our mother company www.fermentationexperts.com works with new protein sources, reduction of food-waste and food recycling systems.

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People

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Jens Legarth

Jens Legarth

CEO

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 23 34 93 34

Jens is educated in Farming and Export. He has been working in the animal production industry for more than 30 years, of which more than two decades centred around feed fermentation. In 2011 Jens and Lone founded European Protein. Jens works with international sales, lectures in fermentation and participates in many international projects to improve animal health and protein replacement.

Anne Hollænder Kristensen

Anne Hollænder Kristensen

Quality Coordinator (Maternity leave)

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 29 66 93 34

Anne has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biotechnology. She is also educated in agriculture specialising in cattle and has furthermore worked on a pig farm. She will be in charge of the Quality Assurance of our fermented protein.

Rene Schepens

Rene Schepens

Director

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: + 31 651 334 556

Rene is Agricultural Engineer specialised in pigs and has more than three decades of experience from the industry, working as an Advisor, Commercial Director and Co-owner in an animal nutrition company. Rene works from his office in Holland.

Thomas Pedersen

Thomas Pedersen

Sales Director

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 21 41 93 34

Thomas has an education in Export and has been Sales Director in European Protein for more than ten years. Thomas is responsible for all international sales through all channels.

Jeppe Skovgaard Eskildsen

Jeppe Skovgaard Eskildsen

Sales Manager

phone: +45 29 62 19 30

Jeppe joined the sales team in February 2020 as a sales manager with responsibility for functional proteins targeted gamebirds and deer. For five years Jeppe has been a gamekeeper trainee and completes his education in Wildlife management in 2021.

Kasper Legarth

Kasper Legarth

Sales Manager

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 40 18 93 34

Kasper works as a sales manager, responsible for Denmark and South America. Kasper has in-depth and hands-on experience from geese- and pig farming. He has followed Sales Management courses, before starting at European Protein in 2014.

Lone Legarth

Lone Legarth

Finance and Administration Manager

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 23 37 33 50

In 2011 Lone and Jens founded European Protein. Lone is responsible for all administration and finance. She has an education in nursing but shifted to an administrative position in the feed industry in 2008.

Belinda Theodora Holm Dam Jeppesen

Belinda Theodora Holm Dam Jeppesen

Finance & Administration Assistant

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 51 29 90 34

Belinda holds a Diploma in Finance & Accounting and started in European Protein in 2015. She has previously been working in the industry as a financial assistant and as an external bookkeeping consultant. Belinda handles bookkeeping, orders and sales supporter.

Pia Sørensen

Pia Sørensen

Nutrition Development Director

e-mail: [email protected]
phone: +45 25 34 04 04

Pia is our Nutrition Development Director. Pia has previously worked as a consultant at Svinerådgivningen, and most recently as Area Sales Manager at AB Neo. Pia gives advice for European Protein’s customers and works to link data on gut health to productivity growth in the barn.

Rikke Matthiesen

Rikke Matthiesen

Project Manager

e-mail: [email protected]
phone: +45 29 11 34 91

Rikke is a chemical and biotechnology engineer. She has previously worked within the food industry. Rikke started working for us in 2020 where her most important task is to manage European Protein’s knowledge database, which consists of all microbiome, colostrum, blood and serum samples from our costumers’ herds.

Ninfa Rangel Pedersen

Ninfa Rangel Pedersen

Senior Scientist

e-mail: [email protected]
phone: +45 21 22 93 34

Ninfa is our Senior Research Scientist and holds an MSc. in Biochemistry and a PhD in Enzyme Biotechnology. Before joining our team, Ninfa worked within the enzyme industry for more than twenty years, doing research on the mode-of-action of enzymes for applications within the food, cosmetic and health industries.

Maja Nygaard

Maja Nygaard

Quality Coordinator (Maternity leave substitute)

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 93 39 93 30

Maja has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biotechnology and she has previously studied Molecular Biology. She is responsible of the Quality Assurance of our fermented proteins at the factory in Jelling.

Maria Almind

Maria Almind

International Marketing Manager

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 31 20 23 33

Maria holds a BSc in Business Administration and Marketing Management. She has a background from the electronics industry as a Product and Marketing Manager. Maria is responsible for communication and marketing in European Protein.

Maria Friis Sørensen

Maria Friis Sørensen

Marketing Coordinator

e-mail: [email protected]
phone: +45 40 11 93 34

Maria is an educated graphic designer and digital concept developer, and has previously worked in marketing in the accounting industry. She visualizes and communicates the good results that the producers achieve through better gut health for the animals.

Alex Sørensen

Alex Sørensen

Production Manager

e-mail: [email protected]
tlf: +45 21 54 13 34

Alex is responsible for the production in Denmark. He has an education in farming and runs a farm next to his Production Manager position. Alex handles the production planning, execution and optimisation in the Danish factory.

Oleksii Smilianets

Oleksii Smilianets

Production co-worker

e-mail: [email protected]

Oleksi monitors the production process and samples the products to ensure that the enriched protein feed is uniform and of the same high quality. He supplies the production with the necessary raw materials and packs the end-product.

Jevgen Vorobyov

Jevgen Vorobyov

Production co-worker

e-mail: [email protected]

Jevgen monitors the production process and samples the products to ensure that the enriched protein feed is uniform and of the same high quality. He supplies the production with the necessary raw materials and packs the end-product.

Oleksandr Pershko

Oleksandr Pershko

Production co-worker

e-mail: [email protected]

Oleksandr monitors the production process and samples the products to ensure that the enriched protein feed is uniform and of the same high quality. He supplies the production with the necessary raw materials and packs the end-product.

Bogdan Tanasa

Bogdan Tanasa

Production co-worker

e-mail: [email protected]

Bogdan monitors the production process and samples the products to ensure that the enriched protein feed is uniform and of the same high quality. He supplies the production with the necessary raw materials and packs the end-product.

ABOUT EUROPEAN PROTEIN

European Protein is a Danish family-owned protein producer. We work to promote health and productivity for animals through functional and sustainable plant proteins. The company was founded in 2011 and has protein factories in Denmark, Ukraine and the US.

European Protein GMP+ certificate

European Protein is GMP+-certified

HEAD QUARTER

Vorbassevej 12, 6622 Bække, Denmark
+45 75 38 80 40, [email protected]

FACTORIES

Denmark
Mangehøje 4, 7300 Jelling, Denmark
+45 75 38 80 40, [email protected]

Ukraine
222-a Vokzalna Street, Rokytne 09600, Kyiv Region, Ukraine
+38 044 390 40 54, [email protected]

USA
1201 N Ellis Rd #7055, Sioux Falls, SD 57107, USA
+1 605-338-9775, [email protected]