Avivagen Inc. (VIV:TSX.V), a company that is developing and commercializing products for livestock, companion animal and human applications to safely support immune function and promote general health and performance, has announced that its partner in the Philippines, UNAHCO, has purchased 2 metric tons of OxC-beta Livestock. This follows an order of 2 metric ton delivered to UNAHCO in June 2018.
"This second, significant purchase is a validation from UNAHCO's customers of the positive results from the adoption of OxC-beta Livestock," stated Avivagen. "UNAHCO continues to reaffirm its intention of making quarterly purchases of OxC-beta Livestock, resulting in a growing and recurring revenue stream for Avivagen."
OxC-beta Livestock is a proprietary product that the company says has been shown to be effective and economic in replacing the antibiotics commonly added to livestock feeds. The product is available for sale in the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand.
The company stated that it intends to "accelerate market access and the commercial uptake of its OxC-beta Livestock product, a product that has the potential to eliminate the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock feed, which is a problem that needs an urgent solution and which represents a multi-billion dollar market opportunity."
UNAHCO is the exclusive distributor for Avivagen's OxC-beta Livestock in the Philippines, where it now allowed to be used in all food animal species. "The Philippines is an important feed market, with an estimated annual feed production of 17 million metric tons for 2017, up dramatically from 11.75 million metric tons in 2016," the company noted.
UNAHCO is the wholly owned feed and veterinary subsidiary of Unilab Inc., the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines.
"UNAHCO provides a broad range of animal healthcare and nutrition products and programs to meet the requirements of both commercial and individual farmers in the Philippines as well as abroad. It is a leading producer of pig and poultry feed and has a distribution network that serves more than 3,000 outlets, supported by more than 100 field personnel," noted Avivagen.
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