THAI UNION TO USE ALGAE INGREDIENT IN ITS SHRIMP FEED
Thai Union Group PCL, the world’s seafood leader, and Corbion, the global market leader in algae-based ingredients for feed, have announced the expanded adoption of AlgaPrime DHA, an omega-3 rich algae feed ingredient, in Thai Union shrimp feed following a successful large scale trial in 2019. The expanded partnership marks a pivotal moment for both shrimp farmers and other seafood producers as it validates another success of using alternative, sustainable feed ingredients at scale.
As one of the fastest growing species within the aquaculture industry, farmed shrimp currently account for 55% of global shrimp production, presenting an unprecedented opportunity to drive sustainable growth. The expanded adoption of AlgaPrime DHA by Thai Union Feedmill PCL reflects a priority to utilize ingredients that are traceable, reliable and sustainably produced. As an additional source of omega-3s, AlgaPrime DHA is a native, whole algae ingredient that contains high levels of omega-3 DHA, approximately twice as high as the omega-3s found in commonly used fish oils. AlgaPrime DHA is a clean ingredient, sustainably produced through fermentation with non-GM cane sugar as a feedstock. It also helps to reduce pressure on marine resources and provides supply security for a key nutrient for shrimp growth and development.
“At Thai Union, we value driving innovation for a sustainable seafood industry and as such, we look to source new and innovative products that operationalize our SeaChange® sustainability goals,” said Darian McBain, Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Thai Union. “Our expanded work with Corbion progresses our goals on responsible sourcing by making efficient use of marine resources in aquaculture feed and complementing this with the use of alternative oils and proteins. The work with Corbion is helping to provide feed solutions that support optimal nutrition, consistency and supply chain transparency for our network of shrimp farmers.”
Thai Union’s SeaChange® sustainability strategy drives meaningful improvements across the entire global seafood industry, especially when it comes to traceable and responsible sourcing. Inclusion of AlgaPrime DHA in Thai Union’s feed is one initiative that is progressing the company’s goal of bringing responsibly sourced and sustainably harvested shrimp to market.
“We are thrilled to expand adoption of AlgaPrime DHA in shrimp feed through our partnership with Thai Union,” said Chris Haacke, Global Aquaculture Lead at Corbion. “AlgaPrime DHA is positioned to change the landscape of the fast-growing sustainable shrimp aquaculture industry by offering a proven solution to farmers and seafood producers.”
Since 2016, Corbion has been producing AlgaPrime DHA at large industrial scale relevant to the needs of the aquaculture industry.