Astaxanthin is Nature’s Strongest Antioxidant
The Astaxanthin Market
Annual Growth Rate
Price Per Tonne
– $50,000 per tonne in the aquaculture market
Pond & Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is extracted from Haematococcus
pluvialis, a strain of algae that naturally grows in freshwater & marine environments. Astaxanthin content is usually around 3% to 5%.
A growing body of research is uncovering more health benefits of Astaxanthin, while other algae-based supplements like Spirulina are commonly recognized amongst health-conscious consumers. These forces are driving the significant growth in the nutraceuticals vertical.
Salmon and shrimp feed off it to get their signature pink
colour so that Astaxanthin is crucial to the aquaculture industry. Because natural Astaxanthin is so scarce, many fish farms are forced to use synthetic, petroleum-based Astaxanthin, which results in a lower quality product. Farmed salmon are notably less pink and , would havenearly white meat if not for synthetic dyes. Demand for natural Astaxanthin in this vertical is high but cost-prohibitive with legacy technology.
Pond’s design for its first commercial plant in Markham has an annual capacity of 66 tonnes of Haematococcus algae.
Learn more about Astaxanthin in our blog or in this detailed and easy-to-understand summary of scientific studies investigating the superfood’s health benefits.
Information originates from the following sources
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- Marine Harvest http://www.marineharvest.com/globalassets/investors/handbook/handbook-2014.pdf
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