BioMar, founded in 1962 by a group of Danish fish farmers, is a leader in high performance diets for more than 45 different fish and shrimp species in more than 80 countries. Their research and development of algae-based ingredients dates back to 2013 with internal and external projects.
The company’s first commercial feeds containing microalgae hit the markets in 2016, and by 2021 BioMar had reached one million tons of salmon feed containing microalgae. Now with BioMar’s recent announcement that they are significantly upscaling microalgae in the raw material portfolio at their Brande, Denmark facility, microalgae are no longer being considered as a niche ingredient for the company.
“Microalgae has been a game-changing strategic ingredient for us for years, and still is,” said Anders Brandt-Clausen, BioMar’s Managing Director. “We are now delighted to increase the volumes while raising the sustainability bar for our flagship products. Microalgae is no longer a novel idea — it has become a commercial reality.”
Marine ingredients such as fishmeal and fish oil are excellent sources of nutrients vital for fish nutrition. However, they are finite resources. By including microalgae that are high in long chain omega fatty acids in feed diets, it is now possible to bypass wild fish and go straight to the original source of marine omega 3s. This helps to relieve pressure on our oceans while ensuring that the fish are getting the optimal nutrition required, and it also lowers the Fish In/Fish Out ratio.
BioMar has a target for their feeds being 50% circular and restorative by 2030. Circular raw materials are those originating from by-product and waste streams. The company defines restorative ingredients as raw materials that significantly shift the balance between ecosystem impacts and human production systems towards a net-positive environmental outcome.
AlgaPrime™ DHA, supplied by Corbion, is now being included in the formulation of BioMar’s high performing flagship diets, and will aid in furthering the sustainability profile of product series such as Blue IMPACT, EFICO Enviro and ORBIT.
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