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INGREDIENTS AND FLAVOURS

Algatech launches Fucovital, 3% fucoxanthin oleoresin from microalgae
Friday, 08 June, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Kibbutz Ketura
Algatechnologies, Ltd (Algatech) launched Fucovital, a patented, all-natural three per cent fucoxanthin oleoresin produced and extracted from microalgae. Its unique composition is the first fucoxanthin granted New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDIN) acknowledgement for dietary supplements from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fucovital will be launched in the United States and Japan, and launches will follow in other regions successively.

Clinical trials demonstrate that fucoxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, can have significant benefits for preventing obesity-related metabolic syndrome, such as impaired glucose management, inflammation, high triglyceride levels and liver disorders.

Since 2000, nearly 500 peer-reviewed articles have been published regarding fucoxanthin and its health benefits. The global fucoxanthin market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2 per cent through 2022, and estimated nearly 700 tonne annually.

“Algatech will conduct a series of studies to further substantiate the health benefits of fucoxanthin,” said Hagai Stadler, chief executive officer, Algatech, adding, “This launch marks a significant milestone for Algatech and the microalgae industry.”

Fucoxanthin is traditionally extracted from harvested seaweed, which only contains about 0.01 per cent fucoxanthin. This expensive and time-consuming process, coupled with prior inadequate extraction methods, limits the amount of fucoxanthin available in the market and increases cost significantly. Moreover, the old processes exposed product to contamination, relied on the harvest seasons of edible seaweed, and resulted in excessive waste.

Algatech’s microalgae fucoxanthin production overcomes these major challenges. It identified a unique strain of algae, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, that contains hundreds of times more concentrated fucoxanthin than seaweed. The company then successfully grew and standardised this strain in a closed and controlled cultivation system fully exposed to natural sunlight. Fucovital can be cultivated year-round and is not dependent on seasonal fluctuations.

“Fucovital is cultivated in a patented, eco-friendly, closed system, creating a pure, cost-effective new source of fucoxanthin with a consistent high quality,” said Omer Grundman, chief research and development (R&D) biologist and leader, R&D, Fucovital.

“Our manufacturing process is completely sustainable, relying on power generated at an adjacent solar farm. The closed-cultivation system is unlike other available products, and has a minimal ecologic footprint,” he added.

“Commercialisation of new microalgae ingredients is something few companies have achieved,” stated Stadler, adding, “It requires diverse and accomplished research and skills, incorporating marine biology, biotechnology, and organic chemical engineering. We are proud to launch Fucovital, with its complete stability and boosted capacity. And it is just one of series of microalgae ingredients Algatech is planning to launch in the next few years.”
 
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