Jan 31, 2019

Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks starts commercial production of salmon fed on omega-3 marine algal oil, rich in EPA + DHA

  • Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks implements the use of Veramaris omega-3 EPA + DHA algal oil at commercial-scale making salmon production less reliant on finite fish oil resources.
  • German retailer Kaufland first national retailer to offer Lingalaks’ salmon to consumers, as demand for sustainably raised seafood increases.
  • The Lingalaks launch is a result of multi-stakeholder dialogue with partners from across the entire seafood value chain, initiated and facilitated by Veramaris
View over the salmon farm of Lingalaks in Hardanger, Norway.
Karim Kurmaly (CEO at Veramaris), Mads Martinsen (Skretting), Erlend Haugarvoll (Owner of Lingalaks)

Karim Kurmaly (CEO at Veramaris), Mads Martinsen (Skretting), Erlend Haugarvoll (Owner of Lingalaks)

Karim Kurmaly (CEO at Veramaris), Mads Martinsen (Skretting), Erlend Haugarvoll (Owner of Lingalaks)
Erlend Haugarvoll (Owner of Lingalaks)

The Norwegian salmon producer Lingalaks is replacing fish oil in its production with omega-3 EPA + DHA fatty acids from natural marine algae for increased sustainability and product differentiation.

Beginning in October 2018, Lingalaks has been feeding 50% of their salmon production a diet produced by Skretting which includes omega-3 EPA + DHA algal oil produced by Veramaris. Feeding salmon with natural marine algal oil resonates strongly with the sustainability efforts of numerous retailers worldwide. German retail chain Kaufland is now the first to put the new salmon on the shelf. Kaufland and Lidl are part of the German Schwarz Group.

“Omega-3 EPA + DHA from natural marine algae allows us to produce healthier and better salmon. It also gives us the unique opportunity to differentiate our company within a competitive market. Our courage to pioneer a new and more sustainable production method using algal oil resonated well with our philosophy. By being the early adopter of this new technology, we found partners along the seafood value chain who supported us in realizing our vision of superior, sustainable salmon quality and finding new outlets for it”, says Lingalaks owner Erlend Haugarvoll.

Veramaris, a Dutch-based joint venture of DSM and Evonik, orchestrated the stakeholder dialogue of players along the value chain over the past few years, from feed producers, farmers, retailers to NGOs.

“Our omega-3 algal oil rich in both fatty acids EPA and DHA is a novel ingredient for better and more sustainable salmon farming, but sometimes it takes a lot of courage and the right mindset to take the first step to adopt a breakthrough innovation. We quickly realized that traditional marketing and sales approaches would likely be to no avail and we had to bring key stakeholders around one table. Only by collaborating were we able to make this change to current practice”, Veramaris CEO Karim Kurmaly says.

Increasing consumer demand for healthy seafood

Consumer demand for healthy and sustainably fed salmon is rapidly increasing. German retailer Kaufland sees great potential in the collaboration with Lingalaks and Veramaris. The company is pursuing a comprehensive corporate responsibility strategy of which the seafood portfolio, particularly salmon, is an integral element reflecting consumer demands.

“Our customers have high demands on quality and competence of the assortment. The algal oil-fed salmon is an innovative and high-quality product that lives up to our customers’ high demands for good taste and healthy nutrition, and that meets the increasing sense of responsibility for conscious consumption of resources. We are convinced that this cooperation is a forward-looking decision", says Andreas Schopper, Head of Purchasing at Kaufland.

As a first mover, Kaufland has been supporting this trend-setting development right from the start. As of 2019, Kaufland will be offering Lingalaks’ high-quality salmon in its German branches.

The feed for Lingalaks new salmon generation is provided by feed manufacturer Skretting. “As an industry leader with the knowledge to produce 100% fish-free feeds on a commercial scale, Skretting is very happy to support Lingalaks in taking this innovative step,” says Mads Martinsen, Director Product Development, Skretting Norway. “It’s not as simple as just substitution, and many years of research have allowed this breakthrough.”

Ensuring food safety through highly pure algal oil

The Veramaris algal oil is the only commercial non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acids that is rich in both EPA and DHA. Produced on land by fermentation of natural marine algae, the algal oil is of a high purity, free from sea-born contaminants, stabilized with natural antioxidants, excluding Ethoxyquin.

Video: Breakthrough for Omega-3 Marine Algal Oil in Norwegian Aquaculture

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About Lingalaks

Lingalaks AS is a Norwegian family owned fish farming company with production sites in Kvam, Kvinnherad and Radøy municipalities. The company’s main processing facility located in the Hardanger Fjord provides Lingalaks’ salmon with superior conditions: Good temperatures, clean, clear water and strong currents. Since 1978, Lingalaks has developed its reputation as a premiere aquaculture farming company that combines efficient farming techniques with an emphasis on an extraordinarily high-level of sustainability and environmental friendliness. Algae-based marine feed ingredients fit well into the company’s sustainability strategy.

About Kaufland

Kaufland operates more than 660 stores all over Germany and employs around 75,000 people. With an average of 30,000 articles, the company offers a large assortment of food and everything for daily needs. The focus lies on fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products as well as meat, cheese and fish. The company is part of the Schwarz Group, one of the leading food retail companies in Germany. Kaufland is based in Neckarsulm, Baden-Wuerttemberg.

About Skretting

Skretting is the global leader in providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions for the aquaculture industry. Skretting has production facilities in 19 countries on five continents, and manufactures and delivers high quality feeds from hatching to harvest for more than 60 species. The total annual production volume of feed is more than 2 million tonnes. The head office is located in Stavanger, Norway.

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About Veramaris

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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