Thai Union and Corbion expand adoption of AlgaPrime DHA into shrimp aquaculture

Successful use of AlgaPrime DHA in shrimp feed progress Thai Union’s goal of bringing responsibly sourced, sustainably harvested shrimp to consumers globally.

Thai Union, a producer of seafood-based food products, and Corbion have expanded adoption of AlgaPrime DHA, an Omega-3 algae feed ingredient, in the former’s shrimp feed following a 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 ingredient at scale.

The expanded adoption of AlgaPrime DHA by Thai Union Feedmill reflects a priority to utilise ingredient 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, the companies said. 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.

Darian McBain, global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union, commented: “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 is aimed at driving improvements across the entire global seafood industry, especially in the areas of traceability 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.