WholeFoods calls astaxanthin “King of Carotenoids”

WholeFoods calls astaxanthin “King of Carotenoids”

WholeFoods Magazine, a shopper’s guide to current health and nutrition information, and new and emerging product categories, has in its current issue dubbed astaxanthin “The King of Carotenoids.” The issue takes a deep look at practical information on the algal-derived super antioxident, describing its broad palate of…

Health Canada approves three red/green algae products

Health Canada approves three red/green algae products

BioAge, a wholistic health company that provides BioSuperfood products to the United States and Canada, has announced that Health Canada, under the Natural Health Products Regulations, has approved three BioSuperfood products for those looking for natural alternatives for their health needs. The algae…

Seaweed foraging — the new gourmet sport

Seaweed foraging — the new gourmet sport

Joy Lanzendorfer reports for NPR that, as seaweed continues to gain popularity for its nutritional benefits and culinary versatility, more people are taking up seaweed foraging to eat it fresh, as well as sell it to restaurants in up scale places like Napa and San Francisco. Heidi Herrmann, owner of Strong Arm Farm in Healdsburg…

Sun Chlorella to roll out awareness campaign

Sun Chlorella to roll out awareness campaign

FoodBev Media reports that Sun Chlorella will leverage the growing reputation of algae in a new marketing campaign for 2017 in the UK, designed to extend the appeal of chlorella supplements beyond its current consumer base and into more mainstream markets. Alongside a PR campaign highlighting the…

TerraVia’s Whole Algal Protein gets Canadian approval

TerraVia’s Whole Algal Protein gets Canadian approval

TerraVia has announced that Health Canada has issued an approval for its Whole Algal Protein ingredient for food use in Canada. With this approval, TerraVia has achieved regulatory approval for its portfolio of AlgaVia® Whole Algae Ingredients, including AlgaVia® Whole Algal Protein…

DHA-enriched pork, milk and eggs coming to market

DHA-enriched pork, milk and eggs coming to market

Algae nutritional products from Alltech are now registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in the diets of pigs, dairy cows and laying hens. The DHA found within algae can naturally enrich pork, milk and eggs. Canadian dairy, swine and layer producers will be able to market their DHA-enriched…

AlgaeHealth NDI for >12mg/day astaxanthin dosage

AlgaeHealth NDI for >12mg/day astaxanthin dosage

Algae Health Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of BGG, has announced that it has submitted a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) to the US FDA for its flagship product AstaZine® Natural Astaxanthin. This new NDI builds on a previous NDI in late 2015 for the use of AstaZine as a bulk dietary ingredient at a dose that does…

Algae snacks on Shark Tank

Algae snacks on Shark Tank

If you’re a fan of the television show “Shark Tank”, you won’t want to miss the episode that airs this Friday, November 18th 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST on ABC Television, when Catharine Arnston, Founder/CEO of Boston’s ENERGYbits makes her pitch. Will the Sharks eat the algae? — or eat her alive?

Astaxanthin suppliers exploring new algae strains

Astaxanthin suppliers exploring new algae strains

Jennifer Grebow reports for Nutritional Outlook magazine from the SupplySide West ingredient trade show in Las Vegas that, according to natural astaxanthin suppliers, the industry’s struggles to meet rising demand with supply are a thing of the past. Suppliers are now looking forward with a focus on new research…

Canadian Astaxanthin Reshuffles

Canadian Astaxanthin Reshuffles

Regenurex Health Corporation (formerly AlgaeCan Biotech) has announced the launch of Regenurex (formerly AstaVantage), the only Astaxanthin antioxidant produced in Canada, according to the company. Regenurex is made from Haematococcus pluvialis, fresh water microalgae from British Columbia…

Astaxanthin program to treat Sarcopenia

Astaxanthin program to treat Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle. In sarcopenia, muscle mass, quality, and strength progressively decreases beyond the normal aging process, compromising physical function and independence, increasing risk of disability, and lowering quality of life in older adults. Although it is estimated that sarcopenia…

Non-GMO Project Verification for bulk BioAstin

Non-GMO Project Verification for bulk BioAstin

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation has announced that its bulk raw material BioAstin® SCE products have received Non-GMO Project Verification. “We are very excited about this verification as it leads to receiving Non-GMO Project Verification for our finished goods,” said Dr. Gerald Cysewski, Interim…

TerraVia opening doors in protein powder market

TerraVia opening doors in protein powder market

Algal-based food ingredient maker TerraVia has announced that its AlgaVia® Protein-Rich Whole Algae is now being incorporated into bakery snacks, beverages, and energy bars by OLLY, Enjoy Life Foods, and K’ul Chocolate products, distributed nationally. A whole food, not a processed isolate…

Is kelp the new kale?

Is kelp the new kale?

Fred Bever reports for NPR that “Kelp is the new kale,” according to Barton Seaver, who directs Harvard’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program. A former D.C.-area chef, he has recently published a seaweed cookbook and sees a bright future for macroalgae. Their virtues are many, in Mr. Seaver’s eyes: They require…

Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Katie Demeria at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia native Elliot Roth wants people to drink spirulina.“It’s a highly efficient food source, and it can grow practically anywhere,” says Mr. Roth, a 2015 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and founder and CEO of Spira…

AFA: From Horse Food to Wellness Trend

AFA: From Horse Food to Wellness Trend

Katie Van Syckle writes in New York Magazine that, as a heath-food trend, many swear by blue-green algae’s (BGA’s) energy-boosting properties. In health-food circles, BGA usually refers to spirolina, chlorella, or a quickly rising star by the name of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). Spirulina has been on the market for…

EID Parry developing algae-based food colors

EID Parry developing algae-based food colors

Gireesh Babu reports for businessstandard.com that Murugappa Group’s EID Parry, in India, is working on developing natural food colors as part of strengthening its presence in the wellness space. It has mapped out plans to reduce the dependence on sugar by extending the core business to ethanol, biofuels, power and…

India’s spirulina conundrum

India’s spirulina conundrum

Afshan Yasmeen reports in The Hindu that India’s recent moves to provide two grams of spirulina as nutritional supplements to undernourished children living in the country’s anganwadi shelters in the state of Karnataka is getting push back from some activists and nutritionists who see it as inferior to a balanced meal…

25 ways to eat spirulina

25 ways to eat spirulina

Pete Hughes in England writes about a former Oxford Times writer who has published a book of 25 recipes all featuring spirulina as a prime ingredient. There is even a recipe for dog biscuits. Helen Peacocke wrote her Green Power cookbook inspired by an Abingdon charity’s project to farm spirulina in Africa as a cheap…

New algal-based sugar substitute

New algal-based sugar substitute

Fiona Macrae writes for the London Independent that British scientists claim to have found a green alga that produces a sugar-like chemical to protect it from harm. When refined into a white powder, the substance can be used to sweeten products without adding calories. GlycoMar, a Scottish marine biotechnology…

Food execs “bullish” on plant proteins, algae

Food execs “bullish” on plant proteins, algae

Teresa Novellino writes in the New York Business Journal that we should expect to see more plant-based proteins, algae and meat-mimicking products on our plates and in our grocery stores in the future. Alternative foods dominated the discussion at Rethink’s Future Food-Tech conference this week in Manhattan…

Algal cooking oil testing well at retail

Algal cooking oil testing well at retail

TerraVia™, a next generation food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company, the former Solazyme, has reported that its Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil – the first consumer food product incubated by the Company – has successfully completed a retail market test and will be expanding its roll-out…

Solix certifies Solasta® Astaxanthin

Solix certifies Solasta® Astaxanthin

Fort Collins, Colorado-based Solix Algredients, Inc., a supplier of natural algal ingredients for the nutrition and personal care markets, has announced that it has been certified by UL Registrar as meeting the Natural Product Association’s (NPA) requirements for compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s…

Malnourished children in India get spirulina boost

Malnourished children in India get spirulina boost

Ashwini Y S, Bengaluru writes in India’s Deccan Herald that the Department of Women and Child Development has launched a spirulina dietary supplement program for Anganwadi children in the south western state of Karnataka, claiming that the initiatives carried out by three major organizations…

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