Oslo, Norway, September 21, 2022: Aker BioMarine continues to make headway in Indonesia, a key strategic market for the company. Aquaculture expert and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Bawanta Widya Suta, joins Aker BioMarine as Aquaculture Sales Manager in the Animal Health and Nutrition department. Wanta will be charged to lead Aker BioMarine’s growth journey in the Indonesia.
Indonesia is a high potential aquaculture market, with strong demand both domestically and internationally. Currently, it is estimated to be among the top four countries in terms of shrimp production in the world. As the world’s leading krill producer, Aker BioMarine is actively building its presence in Indonesia. In late-2021, the company announced a strategic partnership with Seven Stones Indonesia to support its market entry.
“With Wanta on board, we are taking another step towards growth in Indonesia. His vast experience within the food, agriculture and aquaculture industries in Indonesia will help solidify our strong position, enabling us to bring greater knowledge, awareness, and interest in krill as a functional ingredient for aquaculture feeds across the region,” said Bjørn Wallentin, SVP AQUA Sales, Aker BioMarine.
Aker BioMarine has been sustainably harvesting krill in Antarctica for more than a decade. As a science-based company, the Aker BioMarine team depends on extensive research to understand the full potential of this tiny crustacean, and to ensure the well-being of the krill biomass. The company brings this sustainable approach to Indonesia, with the aim to spread the health benefits of krill across the country’s aquaculture industry.
“For me, joining Aker BioMarine was an easy choice. I believe in the potential of krill as a natural source of protein and omega-3, key sources of nutrition that will play an important role as we face food challenges in the future. There is immense opportunity in Indonesia, and I believe that aquaculture here can benefit from this more sustainable, functional ingredient – bringing greater efficiency and profitability with less environmental impact to the producers here,” said Bawanta Widya Suta, Aquaculture Sales Manager, Animal Health and Nutrition, Aker BioMarine.
Wanta comes to Aker BioMarine from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where he focused on farmer training and biosecurity. In addition, he has previously served in leadership and managerial roles in PT. MJPF Farma Indonesia, Biowistechnologies, Inc., and Cargill Aqua Nutrition. He holds a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Bogor Agriculture University in Indonesia.