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Salmon fed with Veramaris' natural marine algal oil rich now sold in France
Fresh salmon sustainably fed with natural marine algal oil from Veramaris is now being sold in France, particularly in 116 stores of the French supermarket chain Supermarché Match in northeastern France.
Supermarché Match sources the salmon from Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks, headquartered in Norheimsund, Hardanger. Since October 2018, Lingalaks has been feeding a sustainable salmon diet developed and manufactured by feed producer Skretting, which includes omega-3 EPA & DHA algal oil from Veramaris as an alternative to fish oil from wild-caught fish.
In France, 93% percent of salmon consumers say that omega-3 content is important when buying salmon, according to a survey conducted by Veramaris in 2016-2018. As a result, omega-3 content is among the top five reasons for consuming salmon.
"Omega-3s are among the most important nutrients that people need for a healthy life. Omega-3 EPA & DHA are at the very core of the salmon brand-promise, making salmon a food choice consumers can count on when it comes to health benefits. This is our contribution to differentiate salmon and support retailers in increasing their fair share index of the salmon category", Veramaris CEO Karim Kurmaly said.
Veramaris orchestrated the stakeholder dialogue of players along the value chain over the past few years, from feed producers, farmers to retailers and NGOs. Feed producer Skretting has, in turn, intensified its engagement along the value chain to accelerate adoption of the Veramaris omega-3 solution.
The Veramaris oil is the only commercial source of omega-3 fatty acids from algae that is rich in both EPA and DHA. Producing natural marine algal oil through large-scale fermentation, Veramaris enables the aquaculture industry to become less dependent upon finite marine resources.
The largest facility for the production of omega-3 EPA and DHA is located at Blair, Nebraska, USA. In July 2019, this US$200 million, zero-waste manufacturing facility will begin producing and delivering the innovative algal oil rich in omega-3 EPA and DHA at an industrial scale.
The initial annual production capacity of the Blair facility will meet roughly 15% of the total current annual demand for EPA and DHA by the salmon aquaculture industry. Pilot quantities for market development purposes have already been available for the past two years.

INVE Aquaculture introduces 2 new tech innovations
INVE Aquaculture, Benchmark's Advanced Nutrition division, has been the market leader in Artemia cyst products ever since it was founded in the early ’80s as a spin-off by researchers from the Artemia Reference Centre (ARC) at Gent University in Belgium.
INVE Aquaculture's vision was not just to market Artemia as a simple commodity, but to improve the cysts with patented technologies and to simplify their optimal use.
As a culmination of efforts to revolutionise the sourcing, characterisation, enrichment and ease of use of Artemia cysts, INVE Aquaculture recently announced two additions to its set of Artemia technologies.
One of these is SMArt, a new technology that allows cysts to hatch in the dark, thus avoiding decreased hatching performance due to lower light exposure.
The other is D-FENSE, a new built-in protection for the best hatchery biosecurity. D-FENSE forms a specific coating that suppresses the growth of bacteria such as Vibrio sp during the hatching. This important bacterial reduction results in better larval survival and reduced contamination risks
These two state-of-the art enhancement technologies are in addition to the already successful SEP-Art technology, which provides a coating on the cysts, adding a new and unique feature to the shell: complete separation of the nauplii from the shell by means of a set of passive magnets. The result is a suspension of pure, clean and active nauplii, without shell material of any kind and without the use of bleach or other harmful substances.
These three enhancement technologies are now marketed under INVE Aquaculture’s prime Artemia brands.


Pollock producers and Trident Seafoods in partnership again
The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is again partnering with Trident Seafoods to demo Protein Noodles made of wild Alaska pollock in box stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and along the eastern seaboard, from Virginia to Connecticut.
The tie-up between the GAPP and Trident Seafoods is part of the former's North American Partnership Programme, which was conceived to recognise and provide support for companies throughout the wild Alaska pollock industry who are looking to bring new, innovative products to market or introduce the fish to food influencers and decision-makers at forums where it hasn't previously had visibility.
"It's exciting that the Protein Noodles have been well received and that we can once again partner with Trident to introduce even more consumers to this amazing product", said Craig Morris, chief executive officer of GAPP.
"I can't wait for folks in San Francisco and on the East Coast to get to experience the versatility, healthfulness and deliciousness of these Protein Noodles and start to incorporate them into their diets."
Earlier, GAPP also partnered with Trident, which is the US’ largest seafood company, during the first round of North American Partnership Programme to demo the product for consumers in Los Angeles and San Diego, both in California.
"We have learned from our initial demos that consumers are open to trying the protein noodle but are much more likely to purchase once they have tried them," said Trident CEO Joe Bundrant. "The additional demos funded by GAPP enable us to reach that many more consumers and help get this revolutionary product into their shopping cart".
Trident’s Protein Noodles received four awards in the Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition. They were also recently named a National Restaurant Association Food and Beverage Innovation Award winner. Additionally, Trident is now launching the product in the food service channel under the 10g™ brand.

    Protein Noodles made with wild Alaska pollock  (Image: Trident Seafoods)

Thai Union Group net profit up 46.5% in 1st quarter

Seafood giant Thai Union Group PCL reported a 46.5% year-on-year rise in its first-quarter net profit to 1.273 billion baht (US$39.8 million), as it said operational improvements continued, gross margins recovered further and sales volumes increased.
Gross profit, on the other hand, increased 29.3% from a year ago to THB4.382 billion ($137 million), while operating profit increased ten-fold year-on-year to THB1.020 billion.
Consolidated sales were up 0.1% to THB29.369 billion ($917.8 million) compared with the first quarter of 2018. However, excluding the impact of foreign exchange, sales value growth improved 2.3% year-on-year, driven largely by sales growth in the frozen and PetCare businesses.
Sales contribution from Thai Union's frozen and chilled seafood business rose 3.4%% year-on-year to THB11.529 billion ($360.5 million), due to improved frozen seafood sales in the US.
Another strong cash flow performance from operations helped to continue the deleveraging of the net debt to equity ratio to 1.35 from above 1.4 a year ago. During the quarter there was also growth from Thai Union Ingredients after the first 100 metric tonnes of refined tuna oil were shipped to customers producing infant formula.
"Our first-quarter performance was a positive start to the year for Thai Union. Thanks to continued operational efficiencies and continued margin recovery, we are starting to see the flow-on benefits, with a recovery in our overall performance and normalising of our operations," said Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union Group.
Last year Thai Union was ranked No. 1 in the world in the food products industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, achieving a 100th percentile ranking for total sustainability score. 

World's 1st sustainable land-based prawn farm in Scotland
The world's first sustainable land-based prawn farm has started operation and will start harvesting up to 1 million prawns this summer.
He farm, owned and operated by Great British Prawns (GBP), is located at Balfron village in Stirlingshire, Scotland.
The company said that with its specially developed aquaculture technology, it can produce warm-water king prawns in clear and clean water.
With the majority of the UK's king prawns currently sourced frozen from farms in the Far East and Central America, the Scottish farm will conveniently avoid freezing or air miles, GBP stressed, adding it aims to deliver king prawns from the tank to the plate within 24 hours.
"Most prawns have travelled 6,000 miles to reach a UK consumer, with worldwide demand continuing to grow", said James McEuen, the company’s chairman and commercial director.
"We aim to meet growing UK consumer demand for regional and local food production with the reassurance of outstanding husbandry, provenance and sustainability", he added.
The GBP will grow king prawns, or Pacific whiteleg shrimp, in more than 300 tonnes of water that can hold up to a million prawns. Each fully grown prawn can reach an average size of 25 grammes (0.9oz).
McEuen said that to be sustainable, the future of aquaculture has to be land-based.
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