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Roquette starts microalgae production in Lestrem

Remember when France-based Roquette announced last year that it has dissolved its microalgae joint venture with Solazyme (Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals LLC)? Well, it’s because Solazyme now has a competition in this area as Roquette announced its newly-started 4,000-5,000 tons/year production unit at its Lestrem, France, industrial site, which will cultivate chlorella by fermentation.

The company also formally launches a new range of nutrients-enriched food ingredients made from the microalgae under the brand algility™. The line of products include whole algal flour, whole algal protein, and algility™ chlorella.

By the way, Solazyme and Roquette are not the only companies in the microalgae-based food ingredients space.  DSM’s Nutritional lipids portfolio, which it acquired from the former Martek Biosciences, includes infant formula, and nutritional and dietary supplements to the food and beverage markets, even including pet foods.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


One Response to “Roquette starts microalgae production in Lestrem”

  1. Roquette is starting to fast forward algae business in Europe massively! They are becoming a major player in the scene. This is nice to see, especially as most of the companies in this sector are quite small throughout Europe…

    Posted by AlgaeObserver | June 18, 2014, 10:46 am

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