Sustainable Algae Ingredient Production

We use science to propel nature’s ingenuity

Living on one planet, we are fast running out of time. While populations are growing, the resources left to serve them are diminishing. For the sake of current and future generations, we need to shift gears. We are finding new ways of operating which don’t just take, but which respect our planet’s natural boundaries. 

AlgaPrime™ DHA is a new, abundant source of long chain omega-3s. A sustainably produced algae feed ingredient, AlgaPrime DHA helps to meet rising omega-3 demand while reducing pressure on the oceans to provide this critical nutrient.

Sustainable Algae Ingredient Production

Our facility embodies the principles of sustainable production to produce microalgae-based products with low carbon, water and land use impacts. To make AlgaPrime DHA, microalgae are grown in closed fermentation tanks where they transform renewable, sustainable, plant sugars into algae containing omega-3-rich oil in a matter of days. Our facility sits among sugar cane fields and is located next door to a sugar cane mill.

Compared to other sugars’ sources like corn and wheat, the sugar cane used to grow AlgaPrime DHA is one of the world’s most productive sugar sources. Even the sugar cane waste is used as a renewable source of energy to fully power the sugar mill and our algae facility.

Graph: AlgaPrime Process
Watch our video to learn more about AlgaPrime DHA’s low impact production process

Good for People and Planet

Sugarcane is our Feedstock and Fuel

Sugarcane is one of the most productive sugar sources today. Why does that matter? The more sugar produced per hectare, the more omega-3s can be produced per hectare of land. And even better, the energy to power our algae facility and the sugar mill next door also comes from that same hectare of land through the waste sugarcane, called bagasse.

Responsible Sourcing

To safeguard our positive environmental and social impact of AlgaPrime DHA, we work to ensure that our raw materials are sourced responsibly. Our algae production takes place in the São Paulo State of Brazil, the major sugar cane production area in Brazil.

Zero Deforestation

Sugarcane for our algae facility is sourced in a 30 km radius of our facility. There is a mix of cropland, grazing land and sugarcane fields in the area. An analysis of 20 years of satellite images of the area revealed zero deforestation.1 

The location of our Algae production plant is more than 2,500 km away from the Amazon rainforest, in São Paulo State of Brazil.

Map of Brazil and AlgaPrime DHA Facility in Sao Paulo

1 Assessment conducted by Global Risk Assessment Service using the GRAS Tool. Zero deforestation definition according to soy and palm oil certification standards.

Protecting our Oceans

Global demand for omega-3s is growing in aquaculture, human and animal nutrition markets. Fish oil has traditionally been the primary source of long chain omega-3s. Demand for long chain omega-3s is rising rapidly, but the availability from wild caught fish is reaching its limit and supply has been essentially flat for years. As an alternative to fish oil and oils present in fishmeal produced from forage fish, AlgaPrime DHA can help to reduce pressure on global forage fisheries.

Fish oil supply and demand gap

Graph: Supply Demand Gap continues to rise

1 Estimated based on recommended consumption (EPA/ DHA per week) and world population estimated 9 billion people – FAO Source: D.R. Tocher 2015 Omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and aquaculture in perspective

Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals that define the 2030 development agenda of the United Nations. They are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs challenge companies to align their goals with the international community, which holds enormous potential for positive change.

Corbion has selected three SDGs to focus on and set targets for each of them.

Zero Hunger20252030
Verified responsibly sourced cane sugar1,2100%100%
Verified deforestation-free1,3100%100%
Products contributing to SDG2 covered by PSM1,650%100%

Good Health & Well Being20252030
Total Recordable Injury Rate<0.5<0.25
Products contributing to SDG3 covered by PSM1,650%100%
Responsible Consumption & Production20252030
Reduction of GHG emissions per Mton of product420%33%7
Products contributing to SDG12 covered by LCA1,5100%100%

1 by quantity; 2 verified through Bonsucro certification or independent audit vs Corbion cane sugar code; 3 for key agricultural raw materials, verified through satelllite data (GRAS), RSPO certification; 4 Scope I, II and Scope III emissions of key raw materials and transport; 5 Life Cycle Assessment; 6 Product Social Metrics; 7 approved by Science Based Targets initiative