Portuguese microalgae producer, Allmicroalgae Natural Products S.A., has gained EU organic certification for its ALLMA Chlorella vulgaris microalgae. Received on March 9, 2018, this certification elevates Allmicroalgae’s offering to customers, being one of the very few European manufacturers producing organic certified Chlorella biomass.
Allmicroalgae’s organic certified Chlorella meets rising consumer demand for organic, plant-based ingredients of good origin. In Europe, the market for organic foods continues to expand; Euromonitor International valued the European Organic Food & Beverages market at €13,823.3M in 2017, with a YOY increase of 6.6% on 2016. Plant-based diets are set to gain more traction in Europe, with vegan product claims projected to grow steadily in Denmark (27%), Sweden (19%), France (11%), and Germany (8%) between 2018 and 2021.
“Gaining EU organic certification is another step in our commitment to provide appealing solutions for the most demanding consumers. We’re actively developing application concepts where Chlorella can provide valuable consumer benefits, such as vegan health foods and snack concepts,” said Sofia Hoffmann de Mendonça, business development manager from Allmicroalgae Natural Products S.A.
ALLMA Chlorella is cultivated in fully controlled closed systems and the quality of each batch is verified by third-party certified laboratories, enabling a pure, clean and safe product. The production site in Portugal enables transparency of ingredient origin, enforcing consumer trust. A 2016 global consumer study the Nielsen Company found 72% of all consumers “want to know everything that is going into my food.”
“Organic certification gives third party verification, in addition to the currently implemented high quality standards; therefore, it further validates the quality of this new ALLMA Chlorella version, to show our commitment to premium quality and safety, and adaptability to the market demands,” explained Ms. Hoffmann de Mendonça.
Allmicroalgae provides a wide range of non-GMO microalgae solutions for multiple industries and varying customer needs. The company recently introduced fermentation technology in the Chlorella vulgaris production process, to complement its existing photobioreactor capacity. Fermentation production was adopted to increase volume capacity and speed of cultivation and will be crucial to the production of omega-3 DHA/EPA strains for example, of which testing and production are also in its pipeline.