April 19, 2023

Expansion sees MiAlgae launch omega-3 product for use as fish feed



Biotech company MiAlgae officially launched its omega-3 product NaturAlgae thanks to the recent expansion of its commercial production site in Scotland, the United Kingdom.

MiAlgae recycles co-products from the Scotch Whisky industry and turns them into a feedstock to grow omega-3 rich microalgae which can then be used as a nutritious fish feed and pet food ingredient.

The company's pioneering manufacturing process aims to reduce global reliance on billions of wild-caught fish, the traditional source of omega-3.

Following the installation of eight new bioreactors north of Glasgow, MiAlgae will soon be producing hundreds of tonnes of nutrient-rich omega-3 powder per year.

NaturAlgae is a dry powder with a high concentration of DHA and other oils. This powder can easily be added to recipes for pet food and aquafeeds, providing the well-known health benefits that omega-3 provides.

This is the beginning of an exciting new phase for MiAlgae, which has headquarters in Edinburgh, as it continues to develop commercial relationships with customers across the petfood and aquaculture sectors. 

With final commissioning underway, the vessels will enable MiAlgae to boost production capacity almost immediately with a growing waiting list of customers.

Douglas Martin, managing director and founder of MiAlgae, said: "This expansion of our commercial production site marks a huge milestone on our journey to champion the circular economy. With the addition of our new equipment, we are now able to take our product to market at a meaningful scale with significant headroom to grow.

"We are lucky to have a highly experienced and passionate team who share our vision of a more sustainable future. Huge thanks go to them for their hard work in getting to this exciting point."

Using the outputs from a single distillery, MiAlgae's technology has the potential to save 80,000 tonnes of CO2, recycle 14.4m litres of water and protect tens of thousands of tonnes of fish annually.

Earlier this year, MiAlgae announced its partnership with Falkirk Distillery to drive forward a greener and more efficient whisky industry. The agreement will see Falkirk's whisky co-products transported to MiAlgae's site where it will be used in MiAlgae's processes.

Martin added: "We're committed to scaling quickly and have plans to work closely with a number of distilleries across Scotland where we can co-locate MiAlgae's technology with the distilleries, creating an on-site water recycling solution for the distillery and a greater production capacity for MiAlgae. This will allow us to expand rapidly and make a very real stride towards the sector's environmental goals."

Discussing her new role, Polly said: "Having 20 years of experience ranging from innovation management, nutrition and aquaculture, this role helps me to consolidate my expertise and support the commercial activities at MiAlgae.

- MiAlgae

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