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Corbion and Thai Union complete trial on shrimp fed with AlgaPrime

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Corbion announced that AlgaPrime(TM) DHA, an algae-based source of long-chain omega-3, has successfully trialed in shrimp feed from global seafood producer Thai Union Group PCL.

"Our new opportunity with Thai Union demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability," said Chris Haacke, Global Aquaculture Lead at Corbion at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit. "Shrimp farming is one of the fastest growing sectors in the aquaculture industry and AlgaPrime(TM) DHA has the potential to offer shrimp farmers assurance in traceability and sustainability of their feed, while also allowing them to add beneficial omega-3 to their product.”

The company stated that shrimp farming currently consumes approximately 100,000 tons of fish oil annually, predominantly because fish oil contains DHA, a key ingredient in shrimp growth and development. Global demand for omega-3, such as DHA, is growing rapidly, but the availability of omega-3 from their current source - wild caught fish - is limited.

Since 2016, Corbion has been producing AlgaPrime(TM) DHA at large industrial scale relevant to the needs of the aquaculture industry.  Developed to reduce dependency on marine fisheries and provide a new source of long-chain omega-3 for the aquaculture industry, AlgaPrime(TM) DHA is a native, whole algae ingredient that contains approximately three times the level of DHA of fish oil. AlgaPrime(TM) DHA is a clean ingredient, sustainably produced through fermentation with non-GM cane sugar as a feedstock.

 "At Thai Union, our SeaChange® sustainability strategy drives meaningful improvements across the entire global seafood industry, especially when it comes to traceable and responsible sourcing," said Darian McBain, Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Thai Union.

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