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We know many of our customers have been waiting patiently for our fabulous FloGro Fresh King Prawns to become available again, so we are excited to share our plans for the future.
Planning permission has been granted for a site in South Lincolnshire and it is hoped to start building in the first quarter of 2024 with the first harvest being available mid to end first quarter 2026. It will be the UK’s first industrial-scale Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) prawn farm with an initial production unit for 250T p.a.. The site will be capable of growing to more than 2500 T p.a. of fresh prawns, as demand builds. To make this happen Flo-Gro has assembled a team of world-class specialists to deliver the company’s plans. These are in the process of being funded and Flo-Gro has recently been awarded a £5m UK Government grant from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs for the first module to include hatchery, processing, despatch, water treatment, solar and ground source heat pumps.
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Flo-Gro Fresh is a company that will change how prawns are grown and sold in the UK and elsewhere and in so doing build a pathway to producing a carbon neutral prawn with the most sustainable energy systems available.
Risk of disease is the most significant challenge facing prawn farmers in Asia, the region from which the UK imports the majority of its prawns.
Almost 50% of carbon emissions linked to UK food consumption are created overseas by way of food imports.
Our product DNA – Sustainability and Zero Waste
Powered by renewable energy and leveraging innovative water treatment solutions to recycle water, heat, salt and waste streams to sustainably lower operational costs significantly, Flo-Gro is a unique closed-loop recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) that can be situated anywhere inland to produce high-quality, fresh, warm saltwater prawns local to point of consumption – 24 hours from harvest to plate.
Flo-Gro was established to capitalise on the growing appetite for British-produced seafood, immediately after winning an Innovate UK grant to run feasibility trials for a closed-loop recycling aquaculture system (RAS) aimed at producing high quality prawns.
Our R&D farm has been invaluable in building brand awareness and proving the demand for locally produced prawns at a premium price. Critically, we have accumulated an unprecedented wealth of knowledge around feed, animal behaviour, optimal growing environment and conditions to maximise yield and profitability.
Now, we are ready to scale up and are set to launch the UK’s first industrial-scale sustainable, minimal-carbon, zero-waste RAS prawn farm that will eventually be capable of producing in excess of 2,500 tonnes per annum.
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