June 26, 2020
Corbionexpands algae business with strategic appointments
New leadership and team members will accelerate adoption of AlgaPrime DHA, the leading algae omega-3 feed ingredient, in established and new markets.
As a result of the growing demand for sustainable, algae-fed seafood, Corbion, the global market leader in algae ingredients for aquaculture feeds, announced three strategic new appointments to the Algae Ingredients team, expanding the impact of the company's award-winning omega-3 algae feed ingredient, AlgaPrime DHA. The expanded team will continue to lead business development and innovation with our customers and farmers internationally. With the proven success of AlgaPrime DHA's adoption in the salmon industry, the new team will continue to drive commercialization of omega-3 ingredients in the shrimp, marine fish, pet and livestock markets.
The appointment of Ruud Peerbooms as President of Algae Ingredients, and a member of the Corbion Executive team, demonstrates Corbion's commitment to driving greater adoption of algae ingredients around the world. In this role, Ruud will drive strategic initiatives to expand Corbion's algae business, including overseeing the company's partnerships for the development of the next generation of algae ingredients.
Ruud has spent most of his career in commercial roles in the specialty food ingredients industry, and joined Corbion in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Food. In addition to his role at Corbion, Ruud applies his passion for science and technology as Chairman of Ingredients for Food Innovators (IFFI), a Dutch business network of food ingredient producers that focuses on the development of healthy, sustainable and affordable foods.
As adoption of AlgaPrime DHA in the aquaculture sector continues to accelerate, two new team members will help to expand commercialization of the omega-3 rich feed ingredient both globally and in key markets including Norway and Chile.
The new team members include:
Geir Ivar Lanes as Senior Business Development Manager leading the application of Corbion'sAlgaPrime DHA ingredient in salmonid feed. With an early background as a managing director in oilrig IRM Services, Geir Ivar has spent the past 21 years as Managing Director of Havbrukskontroll AS, a consulting company working with both aquaculture farmers and aquaculture suppliers within areas of Broodstock, Smolts, Enclosed Systems and Sea Cage Production. His work encompassed nearly all technical aspects of the aquaculture industry supporting customers both in Norway and internationally. Geir Ivar has a degree in Chemistry.
Paula ArriagadaStrodthoff, Senior Business Development Manager leading Corbion'sAlgaPrime DHA work with salmon farmers and feed companies in Chile. Paula was formerly Head of Nutrition and Technology for EWOS Chile, where she was responsible for developing field trials and nutritional solutions for salmonids. Paula comes to Corbion with 19 years of experience in technical support for human and animal nutrition. She holds an MSc in Food Science from McGill University and a Bachelors in Food Engineering from Universidad Austral de Chile.
"We're thrilled to have Ruud, Geir Ivar and Paula on our team as they are committed to driving change within the sustainable aquaculture industry and beyond," said Olivier Rigaud, CEO at Corbion. "Their expertise and commitment to innovation will undoubtedly expand AlgaPrime DHA's footprint within key aquaculture markets and beyond into additional markets."
Since 2016, Corbion has been producing AlgaPrime DHA at large industrial scale relevant to the needs of the aquaculture industry. Unlike other resources such as fish oil, which can fluctuate on supply and price, AlgaPrime DHA is a reliable and consistent source of omega-3s. The expansion of the team is the latest in a series of milestones that acknowledges the demand for algae-fed salmon among farmers, brands, retailers and consumers. In addition to expanding its industry footprint and market penetration, AlgaPrime DHA was recently recognized as part of Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas Award.