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Unilever's partnership with Algenuity upholds algae as an opportunity for the food industry

Published:
August 03, 2020
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Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...
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by Laura Krishfield
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The economic viability of algae production is questionable for most products due to high production costs. Nevertheless, algae is suddenly attracting interest as a protein ingredient from major food companies – first with Nestlé and Corbion and now with Unilever's new partnership with Algenuity. The key differentiating factor for both of these algae developers is the use of scalable photobioreactor technology rather than open-pond systems. Above all, Algenuity claims differentiation in selective trait development of its strain to improve its algae powder's taste, smell, and nutritional content. Clients, when it comes to algae, only engage with developers that can succeed in producing high-value products worth the cost of production.

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