General information

Shrimp waste (heads and exoskeletons) generated during the industrialization process can be a focus of environmental contamination if it is not properly handled, in addition to the cost associated with the handling costs make it a cost of production for the operation. The prices offered for this waste in the markets are not representative if we compare it with the associated costs of the handling and the treatment of the effluents.

The potential of the shrimp meal is known to be similar in nutritional composition to the byproducts derived from the fishing industry, being these required in the animal food industry as an important Feedstock.


Transform this waste into a raw material is perhaps the most significant benefit of the process, as raw material contributes up to 42% of protein, ash, crude fiber, fat and calcium. All these organic sources guarantee an important quality in the nutritional formulas, in addition to the economic benefits that it brings along with the shrimp production and its industrialization.


The process of transformation of these waste is dry, and without steam addition. The head and the Exoskeleton represent 30-35% of the total shrimp weight, and the transformation process into meal is as follow:

  • The product should be received as soon as possible to avoid its decomposition, which is why the plant location should be close to the facilities where the waste is generated.
  • A reduction of its size must be made, achieving a more uniform particle, at this point the product has at least 75% humidity.
  • Then the product is introduced into the dehydration chamber and will be retained for a certain time at high temperatures (above 210°F), to guarantee an excellent quality of the final product, most of the moisture is removed and at the same time the product is sterilized.
  • When leaving the dehydration process, it is passed to the particle reduction chamber and at the same time the wet component of the product is removed, as soon as the product has the particle size and the final humidity necessary (3-12%), leaves for bagging.
  • At each step of the process, the odors emitted are controlled and the effluents are treated so that they can be released into the environment without contaminating it. These can be used for industrial processes, irrigation systems or simply to wash the plant areas.
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    Due to the nutritional characteristics of shrimp meal it is possible to substitute fish meal in the animal feed industry, representing an additional income in the shrimp operation.

    Those companies that want a continuous improvement of their processes and obtaining International Certifications, could base their processing of waste in this plant, being more friendly and responsible with the environment and also generating income from waste.

    Why choose shrimp meal plants??

    Our customers choose this type of plants because:

    • It's a solution for producers who want to add value to the waste of the product and that represent an environmental pollutant and an important operational cost.
    • Generate incomes from waste making your business more profitable
    • Our plants are designed to contribute to the environment
    • Important strategic partner for obtaining international certificationss
    • The final product provide a natural protein component to animal feed