Aug 14, 2019

British retailer Tesco moves forward with sustainable, algal oil-fed salmon rich in omega-3

  • Tesco improves salmon standards to increase use of more sustainable aquafeed ingredients like EPA & DHA rich algal oil
  • Veramaris’ omega-3 EPA & DHA algal oil production facility up and running to keep up with increasing demand
  • UK retailer to offer customers algal oil-fed salmon following other early adopters in Germany and France

Tesco PLC is updating its salmon standards with the intention of reducing the amount of wild-caught fish that is fed to salmon in aquaculture. Through their new salmon standard, Tesco is encouraging salmon suppliers to incorporate the use of more sustainable feed ingredients like natural marine algal oil rich in omega-3 EPA and DHA.

As the world’s third largest retailer, with over 3400 stores worldwide, Tesco’s decisions have often helped to influence consumers and other retailers. The introduction of higher salmon standards illustrates the company’s ongoing commitment to implementing impactful sustainability measures that help to make healthy sustainable products accessible and affordable to all.

"The development of sustainable aquaculture is essential for the future of humanity's food security. Appropriate species, environment-friendly techniques, and sustainable feed supplies, such as algal oil, are surely the way ahead", says Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.

Veramaris strongly applauds Tesco’s move to strengthen their sustainability profile in the seafood sector as it sends out a clear signal that sustainability is not tomorrow’s issue, but today’s. With Veramaris’ waste-free algal EPA+DHA omega-3 production facility in Blair, Nebraska, USA up and running, Veramaris is ready to support the seafood industry’s increasing efforts for improved sustainability and healthy nutrition with its natural marine algae oil rich in the essential omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids.

“Value chain collaboration and a forward-thinking mindset are key to implementing sustainable breakthrough technologies, such as omega-3 EPA & DHA rich algal oil. Tesco sets an example as a prime agent of change, helping to provide consumers with healthy and sustainable choices. We are proud that algal oil rich in both omega 3 EPA & DHA in salmon feed contributes to a sustainable salmon that also supports both brain and heart health of the entire family”, stated Karim Kurmaly, CEO of Veramaris.

For the consumer, the continuous consumption of seafood creates a lifetime of health benefits. With a daily intake of more than 250mg, omega-3 EPA and DHA support the normal function of heart, eyes and brain. Within Europe, in 2016 alone, almost a quarter of a million (227,000) deaths due to cardio-vascular disease were explained by a diet low in omega-3 fatty acids.1

Read Tesco’s latest post on their website on sustainable feeding practices in the aquaculture industry.

1 Meier, T., Gräfe, K., Senn, F. et al., European Journal of Epidemiology (2019), 34, Cardiovascular mortality attributable to dietary risk factors in 51 countries in the WHO European Region from 1990 to 2016: a systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study.

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Veramaris, headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands, is a joint venture between DSM and Evonik, both world leaders in science and specialty chemicals. Established in 2018, Veramaris was formed to help realise a vision to conserve natural marine life by using the ocean's own resource, natural marine algae, to sustainably expand the world's access to Omega-3.

Veramaris extracts oil from natural marine algae, rich in both the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA, and also ARA, a long chain Omega-6, vital nutrients for improved brain, heart and eye health in both animals and humans.

The zero-waste industrial scale production process runs at a state-of-the-art site in Blair, Nebraska, USA.

Veramaris enables key stakeholders in aquaculture and pet nutrition to become independent of wild-caught fish and meet the growing demand for sustainable seafood and animal protein.

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