Algalíf Iceland signs deal to make use of astaxanthin production by-products

31-May-2022

The astaxanthin specialist has signed an agreement with Marea for the development of biodegradable food coating from leftover algae biomass

Astaxanthin specialist Algalíf Iceland has signed an agreement to make use of production process by-products.

On its 10th anniversary, Algalíf Iceland has signed an agreement with start-up company Marea to develop a food coating from leftover algae biomass.

Algalif produces sustainable natural astaxanthin from microalgae. In this process, leftover biomass and oxygen are the only significant by-products. Currently, the leftover biomass is used as a fertiliser, but the company was looking into other uses.

The product will be a biodegradable food coating that will both reduce plastic use and reduce food waste by increasing the shelf life of food.

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This utilisation is a novelty and can be an important step towards increased sustainability in Iceland and around the world. It is an important contribution to the value-creating circular economy of the future.

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