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Clemens ScherbringBy Clemens Scherbring
First created
Clemens ScherbringBy Clemens Scherbring
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$394
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9
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 4 2014 9:26 AM UTC +00:00

About

About us

We are coming from a family background of farmers. The people of my family have been cattle breeders for generations. I grew up in an environment where making a living by breeding cattle for food was a very normal thing to do. As a responsible father and a family guy I want to contribute my part to make the world a healthier, better place to live. Therefore, producing meat that is healthy and does not involve large givings of antibiotics and environmental hazards has always been on my mind.

In traditional meat production the consumer does not know the producer of the meat. The consumer is not able to trace the meat, he does not know how it was produced. With Scherbring’s Organic, we want to establish that connection. We will explain and show each and every step of our shrimp production, and our shrimp farm in Northern Germany will be open for visitors. We are seafood lovers and we want to produce healthy, tasty organic shrimp in an environment friendly way and bring it right from the breeding basin to your plate.

Crucial: The Taste

You say: Of course I support biological breeding, but what´s the result? We say: Fresh and delicious shrimps that meet the highest culinary claim. The shrimps have a particulary fine taste and firm consistency. They are just delicious and with the uniform pink colour they also look tasty. We invite you to find out the outstanding quality and freshness of our shrimps.

Scherbring's Organic Shrimps

The Organic trend is accelerating. More and more consumers take a closer look before buying their food. Organic is a trend which can be found in all food categories. The industry has overcome its exclusive granola image, catering mainly well-educated and wealthy buyers.

Our idea is a shrimp farm that functions according to truly organic principles, and we need your help to make our vision come true. Our "Bio" breeding conditions in short: We will have a closed circuit system using absolutely clean water without added antibiotics or growth hormones. The water in the breeding tanks is constantly guided in a circuit and biologically cleaned, no chemicals added. The feeding and oxygenation procedures are designed for a gentle treatment of the shrimps. Since the pools are within buildings, the stock is independent of the climate and can not be contaminated by external influences. 

With your participation, you will enjoy the benefits of ecologically farmed marine animals. With your orders, you can become our first costumers and thereby contribute to the creation of our breed.

Our promise: better than "Bio"!

A growing portion of our food today is labelled "Bio". This is even more true for delicacies like shrimps or prawns. But at the same time consumers get more and more confused each day: They want to know what exactly means organic for a certain type of food? Today a lot of organic health-food is imported and consumers are often unable to verify whether the food really satisfies their demands. They generally prefer food that is produced locally under transparent conditions.

Classical way: Mast and traditional fishing

The traditional shrimp farming in tropical countries is operated primarily in large open lagoons. The disadvantages are obvious:

  • Climatic influences 
  • No control over the quality of the production water (e.g. pesticides from agriculture) 
  • Deterioration of coastal regions 
  • Diseases are dragged into the breeding by secondary pathogens (e.g. seabirds, other marine animals); as a result large amounts of antibiotics are necessary 
  • Despite all these precautions, production losses of well over 50% remain the norm 
  • In many cases antibiotics used have been banned in Europe or North America a long time ago
  • Natural mangrove forests are cleared for excavation of earth basins  
  • When production moves on the lagoons are loaded with chemicals and contaminated for decades
  • Shrimp are stored before shipping, are not fresh any more once they arrive on the consumer's plate 

Classical way: Fishery

The shrimp fishery is undertaken by trawling the open sea. Yet again, there are disadvantages:

  • Basis marine pollution 
  • Uncontrolled bycatch 
  • Dependency on season and regimentation
  • Shrimp are stored before shipping, are not fresh any more once they arrive on the consumer's plate 

Conclusion: Animal breeding in natural environment is often called "Bio" but, in the case of shrimp farming, it is anything but environmentally responsible.

Our way – the better, the organic way: Closed circuits

We will breed our shrimps in a circulatory system. The shrimps will be raised in basins of different sizes in which the water will be constantly cleaned and oxygenated to keep its quality. The water will be in a gentle circular flow, something the shrimps like, and less than one percent of fresh water has to be added per day. The basins are placed in closed buildings so they are independent from climate and external pollution.

That is why we are convinced of the advantages of our breeding conditions and call them "Real Bio":

  • Absolutely clean water of tested quality without added antibiotics or growth hormones 
  • Independent of weather conditions 
  • Independent of location 
  • Precise control of all water parameters, ideal stocking conditions for the animals 
  • Production under EU and national regulations 
  • HACCP, ISO, ACC, Bio certification 
  • Regular density checks 
  • No use of antibiotics and pesticides
  • Shipping directly after fishing ensures absolute freshness

As of today there is no bio seal for circulatory systems, because the method has not yet been approved by the relevant associations. Still our breeding principle is much closer to the so called "bio" ideal than the traditional shrimp farming and fisheries.

Production: Manageable

The high quality of our shrimp is guaranteed by an ongoing review of our production basins. The animals are fed eight times a day and grow within 120 days to their sale size. To ensure this, both water and feed quality are checked regularly.

The shrimp are fed with special food pellets we buy from Bio producers. The water in our production pool has a constant temperature of 30°C which supports the growth of the shrimp. Controlled special lighting simulates natural daylight and provides for a balanced day/night rhythm. 

Pure seawater

The water is constantly treated with the help of bacteria. These produce pure sea water, which is free of pesticides, antibiotics and algae. The bacteria provide a consistent water quality essential for the health of the shrimp. Less than one percent of the water has to be renewed daily. The use of bacteria for ensuring the water quality strictly prohibits the use of antibiotics in a closed circuit system.

Quick Shipping

Processing and shipping take place right on the farm. This way we can ensure that the shrimps are on your plate 24 hours after fishing - wherever you live. This freshness is unprecedented in the industry. You will taste it!

We offer our high quality shrimps to both private customers and restaurant owners alike. The shrimp are whole and weigh between 25 and 30 grams per piece. They are sealed on a plastic tray in portions of 1kg. Transport to destinations that take longer than 24 hours are executed as frozen food in a Storobox with a temperature control. If the transport takes less than 24 hours it will be delivered as a fresh product on flake ice.

Why Kickstarter

At the beginning we were not convinced of Kickstarter because of all the regulations and organizational chores. This was a special challenge for us as we are not US-based. However, after going into detail we came to like the Kickstarter philosophy. It is not crowd financing but crowd funding, a much more direct way for potential customers to support your project. A backer does not buy a part of the company like a bank, he buys your product. This means he has an instant benefit and a very direct way of evaluating your quality and becoming a fan of your product.

State of affairs

In 2012 year we have selected a plot of land that is suitable for building our shrimp farm. Architectural drawings and calculations have been finished and a geological survey has been made. Everything is prepared to start.

Behind me you see just a field - but it´s our field and on this place we will build our shrimp farm
Behind me you see just a field - but it´s our field and on this place we will build our shrimp farm
The architectural drawing showing the four breeding buildings
The architectural drawing showing the four breeding buildings

Become part of the project!

In order to make our vision come true, we need your support! You as our first customers will actively help us to breed the first generation of our bio shrimps. Together, we will fund the shrimp farming, so that you can enjoy healthy seafood and a freshness you have never tasted before.

Of course it is possible to support us without getting fresh shrimps. Every pledge is fantastic for us - and a reward is obvious. With our Shrimp Lover Shirt you can show your support for shrimps that really deserve the term organic.

We honestly appreciate your support and look forward to sending you the first orders of our truly organic shrimps.

Risks and challenges

We will build a shrimp farm as we love fresh, healthy, organic sea food that has been produced in an environmentally responsible way – and we are convinced that you and many other people are with us. The kickstarter campaign is a very important step to make our vision come true. With Kickstarter we can show that people want to buy our tasty and organic shrimps. This will be the most convincing statement for our organic shrimp production.

As you saw in the state of affairs section we didn´t start the building yet, but everything is prepared. We own the land, plans have been drawn and connections to suppliers and business partners been established. In our opinion Kickstarter is the decisive step as we can show and proof to banks and potential financiers that our shrimp farm will be successful as people want to buy our organic shrimps. That´s the best argument for the following process.

We did not just choose Kickstarter for the money we need to start - it´s the feeling to do the right thing at the right time when all of you funders say "Yes" to organic shrimps. This certainty will be an invaluable help for all next steps. We guarantee that all your funds go directly in the building of the farm.

We are ready to kick off and Kickstarter is the starting gun for the next steps. If we succeed here we will use the tailwind. Our ambitious goal is to finish the building by April 2015, and we plan to deliver the first shrimps in the Fall of 2015.

We will keep you all posted and tell and show you what´s going on here in Northern Germany and how our shrimp project is proceeding. With your support we will overcome all challenges.

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    Supporting bio gourmet: Stay tuned and receive early and first-hand the latest news about the project "Bioshrimps from northern Germany". All registered customers receive our newsletter and will be preferentially treated after production begins.

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    Shirt "Bio Gourmet": You support our idea and the concept of bio shrimps. We thank you with a shirt so that you can tell everybody "'Cause it´s real bio!" and of course you receive our newsletter with all facts about the next steps to our farm.
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    Starter Bio Gourmet: Taste und enjoy the marvelous quality of our bio-shrimps. Get 500 g of our high quality shrimps, produced according to organic bio standard. For shipping we use temperature preserving packaging, all shrimp is either cooled or frozen, depending on destination, and is guaranteed to arrive fresh at your door within 24 hours after fishing. Add 21 $ shipping costs for Germany, 79 $ for Europe, 99 $ for USA and Canada, 199 $ for South America, Asia, Africa, Australia.

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    Single Bio Gourmet: Taste und enjoy the marvelous quality of our bio-shrimps. Get 2 kg of our high quality shrimps, produced according to organic bio standard. For shipping we use temperature preserving packaging, all shrimp is either cooled or frozen, depending on destination, and is guaranteed to arrive fresh at your door within 24 hours after fishing. Add 21 $ shipping costs for Germany, 79 $ for Europe, 99 $ for USA and Canada, 199 $ for South America, Asia, Africa, Australia.

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    Family Bio Gourmet: Taste und enjoy together with friends or family the marvelous quality of our bio-shrimps or try a portion for the guests in your restaurant. Get 5 kg of our high quality shrimps, produced according to organic bio standard (250 $ regular price after production begins).
    For shipping we use temperature preserving packaging, all shrimp is either cooled or frozen, depending on destination, and is guaranteed to arrive fresh at your door within 24 hours after fishing. Add 29 $ shipping costs for Germany, 105 $ for Europe, 149 $ for USA and Canada, 299 $ for South America, Asia, Africa, Australia.

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    Party Bio Gourmet: The gourmet idea for your party or an elegant delicious fingerfood for your celebration: Get 10 kg of our high quality shrimps, produced according to organic bio standard (500 $ regular price after production begins).
    For shipping we use temperature preserving packaging, all shrimp is either cooled or frozen, depending on destination, and is guaranteed to arrive fresh at your door within 24 hours after fishing. Add 29 $ shipping costs for Germany, 105 $ for Europe, 149 $ for USA and Canada, 299 $ for South America, Asia, Africa, Australia.

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    Passionate Bio Gourmet: You are passionate about high-quality gourmet food from the sea or operate a little cosy Restaurant? With the small bio-shrimp subscription you get once a week 2 kg our high quality shrimps, produced according to organic bio standard (compared to 5.000 $ regular price after production begins, 50 deliveries a year).

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    Professional Bio Gourmet: You offer regularly high-quality gourmet food from the sea in your restaurant ? Cover your needs for responsibly produced and delicious bio shrimps with the big bio-shrimp subscription. Get 10 kg of our high quality shrimps once a week for a half year, produced according to organic bio standard (compared to 12.500 $ regular price after production begins; 25 deliveries a year).

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Funding period

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