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Minnesota—trū Shrimp Selects a New Hatchery Site


On November 1, 2017, trū® Shrimp Company, an affiliate of Ralco, announced that it intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne, Minnesota; sharing the campus with its planned shrimp farm, Luverne Bay Harbor [Shrimp News: trū Shrimp calls its shrimp farms “Harbors”.]


“From a biosecurity aspect we have been concerned about a hatchery being close to a Harbor,” said Michael Ziebell, President and CEO of trū Shrimp Company.  “However, in our continuing development, we have had an engineering and process breakthrough that enables the hatchery and Harbor to share the same campus.”


The 60-acre Luverne campus near Interstate 90 in southwest Minnesota will house “Luverne Cove Hatchery”, a 42,000-square-foot facility, a free-standing shared water treatment facility and “Luverne Bay Harbor”, trū Shrimp’s first farm.


“Every day we are learning, and every day we challenge assumptions,” said Brian Knochenmus, Chairman of the trū Shrimp Board.  “Previously we could not house the hatchery and Harbor near each other because of biosecurity concerns.  We care for these shrimp, and the less stress they are under, the healthier they remain.  This is a big leap forward for efficiency and the welfare of each trū Shrimp.”


Luverne Cove Hatchery will have the capacity to produce two million postlarvae annually, which is enough to supply two fully operational Harbors.  Luverne Cove Hatchery is projected to employ 20 and the Harbor 60.


trū Shrimp and Ralco continue to expand in Marshall and Balaton, Minnesota.  Ralco is currently consolidating executive and support services within leased office space in Marshall, which remains its headquarters.  trū Shrimp is presently constructing its Balaton Bay Reef Training and Engineering Center, a multi-million-dollar expansion in Balaton, Minnesota.


trū Shrimp had planned to build its hatchery in Marshall, Minnesota.  “Based on previous biosecurity assumptions, we thought we could not build a hatchery and a Harbor in Marshall,” said Ziebell.  “Now we can turn our attention to Marshall becoming home to a future Harbor and hatchery.”


The trū® Shrimp Company is an affiliate of Ralco, a third-generation family owned multinational company with distribution in more than 20 countries.  Ralco supports large segments of the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and crop industries.  The trū Shrimp Company strives to supply the world with safe, natural and abundant shrimp.


Information: Ryan Wendland, trū Shrimp Company, 600 Michigan Road, Marshall, Minnesota 56258, USA (Phone 1-507-337-6819, Email, Webpage


Source: trū Shrimp Website.  Trū Shrimp Discovers Engineering Breakthrough.  November 1, 2017.

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