Our History

More than 60 years of innovating aquaculture

In the late 1950’s, the first European fish farmers experienced the benefits of switching from home-made wet feed to manufactured dry feed imported from the United States. Farmers experienced that their fish thrived, had a better growth compared to the wet feeds which caused a high degree of water pollution in the ponds and damaged fish welfare. 


A group of Danish trout farmers established BioMar under the name Dansk Ørredfoder A/S. The company is among the first in Europe to start production of pelletised dry feed. Compared to the commonly used wet feed this new type of feed is less polluting, better performing and much easier to handle. 

BioMar's history 1962 vaadfoder


The Danish fish farming sector consolidates and the interest for applying dry feeds increases. The company mainly serves local fish farms although it receives orders from surrounding countries, with subsequent sporadic exports. 


BioMar pioneers the introduction of extruded fish feed that allows for a significant reduction of the impact from aquaculture on the local water environment. 

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The company launches ECOLINE, the first environmentally declared fish feed in the world. For the aquaculture industry, ECOLINE feeds were an important and inspirational step towards a conscious and documented protection of the environment. 

The benefits of the ECOLINE feed range were recognised in 1988, when it received the "Danish Better Environment" Award for its ability to enhance the environment and to inspire others to go in the same direction. 

ECOLINE has turned into Blue Impact


Dansk Ørredfoder (BioMar) is taken over by Aktieselskabet Korn-og Foderstof Kompagniet (KFK), which is a subsidiary of the Norwegian Group Norsk Hydro. This marks the start of international expansion of the company, both in terms of exports, and through acquisitions in Europe. 


Dansk Ørredfoder A/S takes over fish feed producers Aqualim S.A. in France and BioMar AS in Norway. The three companies merge under the name of BioMar A/S. 


The expansion continues with the establishment of a production factory in Grangemouth, Scotland.  


BioMar establishes production in Karmøy, Norway. 

The LetSea feed trial unit located in Northern Norway and partly owned by BioMar, starts its operations and has since developed to become an important contributor to the research on Atlantic salmon, cod, and trout 

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The LetSea feed trial unit - BioMar History

LetSea feed trial unit

BioMar establishes sustainability as one of the main goals in feed development, in order to minimise adverse ecological consequences of current and future aquaculture activity and expansion. 

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BioMar acquires 50% of two fish feed factories in Chile, achieving full ownership in 2002.

Inauguration of BioMar Aquaculture Technology Centre in Hirtshals, Denmark.

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The expansion continues with the establishment of production in Greece. 

Pioneered the development of modern Sole feeds

BioMar pioneered the development of modern Sole feeds in an extensive research program that lasted 7 years. Through research and continuous cooperation with farmers, BioMar developed specific diets for farming this highly valued species. 

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Launch of BioMar’s hatchery feed range LARVIVA. 


Schouw & Co acquires the majority of BioMar shares, with full ownership in 2008. 

Ecolife Pearl becomes the world's first certified feed for organic fish farming. 


Our History - The BioSustain Pyramid

The BioSustain Pyramid

BioMar unveils BioSustain, the development programme for increased sustainability. The programme is launched, aiming for optimisation of sustainability efforts by measuring and evaluating the sustainability of raw materials and processes. 

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BioMar acquires Provimi Aqua, including factories in Chile, Spain, and Denmark. With these acquisitions, the company becomes one of the leading suppliers of aquaculture feed in the world.