Thai Union awarded first ASC Feed Standard certification in Asia

The certification marks the first ASC Feed Standard awarded in Asia.

Thai Union has become the latest feed company to achieve ASC Feed Standard certification for its Mahachai Plant in Thailand, marking the first time this certification has been awarded in Asia

Located in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province, Mahachai Plant produces feed for seabass, seabream and meagre, tilapia and shrimp. Thai Union undertook a rigorous audit process that lasted over several months, and the conclusion established that its processes and performances met the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Feed Standard’s vast social and environmental requirements.

A landmark moment

Chris Ninnes, ASC CEO, said, “We are delighted that Thai Union has joined our Feed Programme. Their certification – the first feed mill certified in Asia – is another landmark moment of progress for ASC’s Feed Standard as it represents the growing global spread of more environmentally and socially responsible feed production.

“It is also the first certified mill that produces feed for shrimp. With Asia being a particular global hotspot for shrimp farming, ensuring ASC compliant feed is accessible in the region is a significant step forward in promoting and enabling more responsible shrimp farming practices.”

Peerasak Boonmechote, CEO of Thai Union Feedmill, added, “Securing the first ASC Feed certificate in Asia underscores our deep commitment to sustainability at the heart of our operations. This is a key step in increasing the availability of responsible feed as part of Thai Union Group’s commitments under its global sustainability strategy, SeaChange 2030. This certification also reinforces our dedication to leading the industry towards a more sustainable and responsible future.”

Thai Union will now benefit from ASC’s new incentive: feed mills that have been certified in 2024 will not have to pay license fees on the volume of compliant feed they produce this calendar year.