TerraVia, Bunge advance algae-based omega-3 into Europe’s pet food market

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In Europe, TerraVia and Bunge Limited are expanding their algae-based docosahexaenoic acid animal feed into the European Union pet food market through a distribution agreement with Seafoodexport.

DHA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid critical to animal and human development. It is usually supplied through fish oil or high-DHA oil seed crops. However, TerraVia and Bunge say AlgaPrime DHA provides an economically viable source of omega-3s without further depleting wild marine fish stocks.

“On a DHA basis, one metric ton of AlgaPrime DHA is the equivalent of saving up to 40 metric tons of wild caught fish from our oceans,” says Graham Ellis, Senior Vice President at TerraVia.

According to David Sussmann, President of Seafoodexport, the European pet food industry uses more than 50,000 metric tons of fish oil each year. “As demand increases for wild marine fish stocks, Seafoodexport sees AlgaPrime DHA as a critical ingredient in feed formulations that will allow continued sustainable growth in the industry,” he adds.

AlgaPrime DGA is produced at in Brazil by SB Renewable Oils, a joint venture between TerraVia and Bunge