600 Spirulina Producers Innovating Products Worldwide

Seagriculture USA 2024
Spirulina Producers

The first spirulina microfarm in Northern California is in Half Moon Bay, near the California coastline south of San Francisco.

A new series of industry research reports documents the growth of spirulina producers and products internationally. The research organization Spirulina Source has released its seventh in a series of free spirulina industry reports, highlighting the global growth of spirulina producers and their products. Current in-depth reports have now been released for China, India, Africa, France, Southeast Asia, North America, and Latin America. They are available for free at SpirulinaSource.com.

“The global spirulina market has evolved in surprising ways over the past 40 years,” says Robert Henrikson, founder of Spirulina Source and algae industry pioneer since the 1970s. “About 50 medium and large farms dominate production of spirulina powder and phycocyanin. Large Chinese farms produce over 70% of the world supply, about 75% is for the Chinese market, and 25% for export.”

Small enterprises have proliferated around the world and drive product innovation. “More than 550 small micro producers sell their dried, fresh, and frozen spirulina in supplements, foods, and beverages in local and regional markets. Over 150 of these enterprises are in France alone,” noted Henrikson.

Robert Henrikson is CEO of Smart Microfarms, which develops scalable and sustainable microalgae systems for rural, urban and rooftop farms. A pioneer in algae production and marketing, Henrikson was a founder of Earthrise Farms, the world’s largest spirulina algae farm. For 20 years as President of Earthrise Company, he promoted Earthrise® Spirulina and green superfoods in 30 countries. Robert has visited algae farms and companies all over the world and has produced over 40 educational videos. Since 1999, his website SpirulinaSource.com has been a global resource center for spirulina, launching the Spirulina Voices video series in 2022.

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