Alltech sees big growth in algae for aquaculture

Alltech sees big growth in algae for aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016, to 39.9 million metric tons. “‘The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced…

AlgoSource adds new production unit for phycocyanin

AlgoSource adds new production unit for phycocyanin

Saint-Nazaire, France-based AlgoSource has announced the recent launch of their new production unit that will allow the company to quadruple their spirulina extract production in 2017 to an annual capacity of 100,000 liters. The expansion, according to the company, will ensure the sales development in new segments…

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Nutraceutical Business Review reports that Scottish research scientists are scaling the ability to produce large quantities of a blue pigment-protein called C-phycocyanin (C-PC) to be able mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries. Global demand for natural blue…

Spanish consortium to develop microalgae food products

Spanish consortium to develop microalgae food products

“Algae for a Healthy World,” a seven-member consortium to produce biocompounds with food applications from microalgae, was launched on December 23, 2016, in Madrid, Spain. Comprised of Spanish project members AINIA technology center, the Centre for Biological Research (CSIC-CIB), Endesa, Mar Cristal Marilum…

Allmicroalgae scales-up for omega-3

Allmicroalgae scales-up for omega-3

Portuguese microalgae producer, Allmicroalgae Natural Products S.A., has moved to the next stage in development of new production technologies to grow Nannochloropsis oceanica on a large scale, to provide price-competitive omega-3 oil rich in EPA. “Currently, we’re working with strategic partners within the…

DIC expands capacity for Linablue food coloring

DIC expands capacity for Linablue food coloring

DIC Corporation has announced that it will expand the production capacity of its California-based subsidiary Earthrise Nutritionals, LLC, for Linablue, a natural blue food coloring derived from spirulina. Investment in this project, estimated at approximately US$13 million, follows the investment of around…

Cellana and PIVEG partner for algae commercialization

Cellana and PIVEG partner for algae commercialization

Cellana, Inc., a leading developer of algae-based products for sustainable nutrition and energy applications, and PIVEG, Inc., a leader in high-specification ingredients for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food and beverage, feed and cosmetics industries, have announced that they have signed a letter of intent…

Astaxanthin facility opens in Borneo

Astaxanthin facility opens in Borneo

James Kon reports for borneobulletin.com that MC Biotech Sdn Bhd, the first commercial biotechnology facility in Borneo, was launched this week to produce natural astaxanthin. The move will contribute to the diversification of economy and create employment for locals. With an investment of BND20 million…

Alltech sees building plants globally for fish oil alternative

Alltech sees building plants globally for fish oil alternative

Jason Smith reports for undercurrentnews that Kentucky-based Alltech is willing to invest in overseas algae production plants closer to its feed customers if demand for its products as a fish oil supplement grows, according to Keith Filer. The company’s research coordinator for aquaculture told a crowd…

Agcore triples facility size for aquafeed demand

Agcore triples facility size for aquafeed demand

Agcore Technologies LLC, producer of Agcore Spirulina, has announced that their 2016 expansion project to support their growing aquafeed demand is in the completion process. The new facility, which includes a greenhouse, cultivation and harvesting system, triples Agcore’s existing output….

BioMar, TerraVia ramping up aquaculture feed

BioMar, TerraVia ramping up aquaculture feed

Danish feed firm BioMar Group and algal food and feed specialists TerraVia are preparing to ramp up sales of their microalgae-based feed ingredient, according to Neil Ramsden, of Undercurrent News. Their challenge now is to persuade the industry of the value of adopting an omega-3 ingredient that might…

Greensea expands production capabilities

Greensea expands production capabilities

Greensea, the marine subsidiary of French biotechnology company Greentech, has recently invested in a new production tool to make liquid and soft extracts of micro- and macroalgae. This new capacity is in addition to their existing annual production capacity of 70,000 liters of microalgae, and to their tangential filtering…

Algae.Tec’s nutraceutical plant “ahead of schedule”

Algae.Tec’s nutraceutical plant “ahead of schedule”

Algae.Tec has announced that, with the completion of the US$1M injection by Gencore, their nutraceutical plant upgrade in Cummings, Georgia, is progressing ahead of schedule. As a result it is now expected that initial sales will be made to Gencore within weeks, with full production being achieved within 3 months…

Noblegen founder Ontario’s named best young entrepreneur

Noblegen founder Ontario’s named best young entrepreneur

Joelle Kovach reports in Ontario, Canada’s Peterborough Examiner that a 22-year-old scientist whose algae startup company is booming has won a prestigious business award. Adam Noble, the founder of the Peterborough-based company Noblegen, has been selected as Ontario’s best young entrepreneur of the…

Deep Green Biotech Hub incubator launched in NSW

Deep Green Biotech Hub incubator launched in NSW

In Australia, the New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) has been launched as an enabling incubator environment to foster the development of algae as a cost effective and sustainable resource. The incubator will facilitate a diverse range of products including nutritional supplements, cosmetics, industrial…

New Zealand culture collection moves to new home

New Zealand culture collection moves to new home

In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was recently moved into a new home in Cawthron Institute’s recently built Envirotech building in central Nelson. The laboratory includes cabinets…

Seaweed feed company expands reach to UK

Seaweed feed company expands reach to UK

Amy McShane writes for Ireland’s Farmers Journal that a local seaweed feed company has secured a deal with a leading manufacturer in the UK. Oceanfeed, based in Milltown, Co. Galway will be joining up with Battles UK, a British manufacturer of animal health and equestrian products. Oceanfeed was…

Queensland’s Qponics to farm algae for omega-3

Queensland’s Qponics to farm algae for omega-3

John Ballot reports in Brisbane, Australia’s Courier-Mail that Queensland start-up Qponics is set to tap into the booming Chinese supplements market as it prepares to open Australia’s first sustainable omega-3 producing farm. Qponics, which was started in 2011, received a $1 million grant in June through the Federal…

Taiwan Cement to expand microalgae production

Taiwan Cement to expand microalgae production

Kuo Chia-erh reports for Taipei Times that Taiwan Cement Corp, the nation’s leading cement supplier, has announced plans to expand its microalgae farm, which produces astaxanthin. The expanded plant is expected to become operational in the first half of next year, Taiwan Cement chairman Leslie Koo told reporters…

Algae in the DOE 2016 Billion-Ton Report

Algae in the DOE 2016 Billion-Ton Report

The U.S. Department of Energy’s just released 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy summarizes the most recent estimates of potential biomass that could be available for biorefining in the future. This report is the first in the Billion-Ton series to include algae in the biomass…

GNT builds spirulina plant for food colorant

GNT builds spirulina plant for food colorant

The GNT Group, a market leader in using algae as natural ingredients for color, has begun construction of an additional spirulina plant at its headquarters in Mierlo, the Netherlands. The new facility will more than double GNT’s capacity for blue and green food colorants. Currently, the family-based company produces enough…

UK and India collaborate on algal bioenergy production

UK and India collaborate on algal bioenergy production

A joint collaborative program among organizations in the UK and India is developing algae to clean industrial effluent. The program is focused on understanding the interactions between algae and bacteria, with the aim of promoting algal growth for bioenergy production. The project is in collaboration with Plymouth…

Scotland commercializing the biorefinery concept

Scotland commercializing the biorefinery concept

Scotland is planning the move from an oil-based economy to a bio-based future. A key principle of the government’s desire to embrace a more circular economy in the process is the broad application of Industrial Biotechnology (IB). IB applications drive Scotland’s “Biorefinery Roadmap,” specifically…

$300,000 greenhouse for algal innovation accelerator

$300,000 greenhouse for algal innovation accelerator

A $300,000 greenhouse will be constructed, and the Maine Algal Research and Innovation Accelerator (MARIA) will be formed, on the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ campus in East Boothbay this spring, scheduled to begin operations in the fall. Bigelow, an independent not-for-profit research institution…

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