The use of Corbion’s AlgaPrime DHA advances Thai Union's goal to bring sustainably harvested shrimp to the market

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Thai Union to use Corbion’s ingredients in shrimp feed. (Credit: Pixabay/Gerhard G.)

Thai Union Group, a Thailand-based seafood company, has agreed to use AlgaPrime DHA, an omega-3 rich algae feed ingredient, from Corbion, in its shrimp feed.

The selection of Corbion’s AlgaPrime DHA follows a successful large scale trial last year.

The partnership between Thai Union and Corbion is also considered as a major development for both shrimp farmers and other seafood producers, as it validates the use of alternative, sustainable feed ingredients at scale.

The adoption of AlgaPrime DHA by Thai Union also reflects the use of ingredients that are traceable, reliable and sustainably produced.

AlgaPrime DHA is further claimed to be an additional source of omega-3s and is a native, whole algae ingredient which is high in omega-3 DHA, nearly twice as much in commonly used fish oils.

According to the company, the ingredient is sustainably produced through fermentation with non-GM cane sugar as feedstock, reducing pressure on marine resources.

Thai Union corporate affairs and sustainability global director Darian McBain said: “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.

“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.”

SeaChange is Thai Union’s sustainability strategy for improvements in the global seafood industry

Thai Union is helping drive sustainability through its SeaChange, which aims to drive meaningful improvements across the entire global seafood industry.

The improvements are especially important in terms of traceability and responsible sourcing.

By including Corbion’s AlgaPrime DHA, Thai Union is touted to progress its goal of bringing responsibly sourced and sustainably harvested shrimp to the market.

Corbion global aquaculture lead Chris Haacke said: “We are thrilled to expand adoption of AlgaPrime DHA in shrimp feed through our partnership with Thai Union.

“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.”