Major investment announced by Allmicroalgae
30 November 2015 • Author(s): Victoria White
Allmicroalgae has announced that it is the new supplier of Allma Chlorella – and has unveiled plans for a significant new phase of investment in its production facilities.
Allmicroalgae supplies high quality microalgae ingredients, like Allma Chlorella, for use in a wide range of food, beverage and dietary supplement applications. Microalgae contain all the phytonutrients found in higher plants, but in a much more concentrated format. Some contain exceptional nutrients, such as long-chain omega-3 fatty acids – currently derived from fish oils, and also carotenoids and other powerful antioxidants.
With immediate effect, Allmicroalgae will sell Chlorella ingredients under the Allma brand, with production continuing at the existing Algafarm plant in Leiria. However, this site will be revamped with new, state-of-the-art production technology that will boost output and increase quality levels further.
As part of this investment, Allmicroalgae will widen its product range to include other forms of microalgae besides Chlorella, including Nannochloropsis. It will also upgrade the Algafarm so it can offer a greater variety of production technologies, including fermentation. These new installations will operate alongside Allmicroalgae’s existing sun-grown Chlorella facilities.
Microalgae business ‘very fast-moving’
Sofia Hoffman De Mendonça, Business Development Manager at Allmicroalgae, said: “The microalgae business is young and very fast-moving. New technologies and applications are becoming available all the time, and to maintain our competitiveness it’s important that we stay on top of the latest developments.”
She continued: “Our priority is to produce and sell the highest quality microalgae available anywhere in the world – in formats that our customers can use in a wide range of food and beverage applications that consumers will love.”
Allmicroalgae is 100%-owned by Secil, one of Portugal’s largest cement companies. Sofia added: “Secil’s vision is to build a sustainable microalgae business that will be successful over the long term. Microalgae remains a sector in the early stages of its development, and Secil is committed to ensuring Allmicroalgae is well position to capitalize on growing demand over the next decade and beyond.”
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