Microalgae producer Corbion partners with Salmon Group

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AlgaPrime DHA expands into custom feed by BioMar supplied to Salmon Group, which is the largest network of local, family-owned fish farming and aquaculture companies, representing 12% of the total production volume in Norway.

Corbion, a main supplier of algae feeds to the feed manufacturer BioMar has announced a new feed partnership with the Norwegian-based Salmon Group, the world’s largest network of local, family-owned fish farming and aquaculture companies.

Salmon Group represents 44 Norwegian fish farmers and 12% of all fish feed sold to salmon and trout farms in Norway.

Made by the hundred-year-old company (founded for the production of sugar from sugar beet), AlgaPrime DHA is a native, whole algae ingredient that contains approximately three times the level of DHA of fish oil, which is produced through fermentation with non-GM cane sugar as a feedstock and a production system powered by renewable energy.

The first farmed salmon fed on the new recipe is expected to reach the market by the end of 2019.

“Salmon Group has been working systematically for several years to ensure more sustainable farming practices, and feed is a key element here,” said Salmon Group CEO Anne-Kristine Øen.

“Through BioMar’s innovation efforts, they have identified and sourced alternative ingredients, like AlgaPrime DHA, that help put our sustainability goals into practice, and meet retail and consumer demand for more responsibly raised seafood.”

“The leadership shown by Salmon Group is impressive and we are thrilled to play a part in improving sustainable aquaculture across the globe,” said Corbion Executive Vice President of Innovation Platforms Marc den Hartog.

“AlgaPrime DHA continues to be adopted and trusted by salmon farmers, as they look to improve the omega-3 content and sustainability profile of their salmon,” he added.

To date, BioMar had sold at least 500,000 tonnes of feed containing AlgaPrime DHA over the past three years.

“As demand for sustainable food options is hitting a critical mass, key industry players in food service and retail are increasingly relying on their supply chains to improve their environmental impact,” said BioMar Global Sustainability Director Vidar Gunderson. “The use of alternative feed ingredients, such as algae-based omega-3s, is an important part of the effort to address sustainability issues within the salmon industry and beyond.”

Corbion has been producing the feed additive at large industrial scale since 2016.