Spirulina Voices: Katie Kohlstedt of Spirulina Viva

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Robert Henrikson reports from Mexico with an interview of Katie Kohlstedt, who founded Spirulina Viva in 2010 near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The operation has doubled in size since Robert last visited in 2015.

Spirulina Viva has become a leader in algae cultivation, inspiring spirulina micro-farmers in Mexico and Central America for the past decade. Their products are now distributed all over Mexico, direct to customers, retail stores, restaurants, and juice bars. Some of their food products are in the form of fresh frozen spirulina squares, which are popular as an every-day mix for drinks. The company also markets snack cookies, spirulina super-hero juices and probiotic drinks, as well as freeze-dried Astro bars made from just spirulina and mango.

In this interview Ms. Kohlstedt tells the story of Spirulina Viva’s origin, growth, and path to success in the spirulina industry.

Produced by SpirulinaSource.com ©Robert Henrikson 2022

All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint articles in their entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact david@algaeplanet.com. Algae Planet accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

Seagriculture USA 2024



  • April 15, 2024: Somater, a French manufacturer of plastic and polymer primary packaging for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and industry, has partnered with French start-up Eranova to create a 100% bio-based line of packaging from green algae collected on the banks of a brackish water lagoon near Marseille, in the south of France. READ MORE...
  • April 12, 2024: Global warming is triggering significant shifts in temperate macroalgal communities worldwide, favoring small, warm-affinity species over large canopy-forming, cold-affinity species. A new study delves into the impacts of increasing sea surface temperature on the subtidal macroalgal communities in the southeastern Bay of Biscay over the last four decades. READ MORE...
  • April 10, 2024: A research team at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, has found a bacterium that can form a team with a green alga. Both microorganisms support each other in their growth. The bacterium helps the microalga to neutralize the toxin of another, harmful bacterium. READ MORE...
  • April 8, 2024: An anthropology professor at the University of South Florida recently published a paper on the impact of algae blooms and depletion of coral reefs on the region’s tourism industry. She knew barely anyone outside her field would read it, so…she had the data put to music. READ MORE...

Algae Europe 2024

A Beginner’s Guide