Jul 02, 2021

Veramaris catches yet another seafood industry pro to further accelerate adoption of its sustainable algae oil

 

Veramaris, the ASC-MSC certified EPA & DHA Omega-3 algae oil producer, has netted former Seafood Connection operations lead Johan Brouwer to join its ever growing Business Development team.

Brouwer, who has spent the last eight years helping to grow the frozen fish specialist, will now focus his expertise and industry connections on growing the European retail and food service seafood markets for Veramaris.  

Commenting on his appointment, Brouwer said: “I am really excited to be joining Veramaris at such a pivotal time for the aquaculture industry, when there is real potential to make a difference to the environmental issues that need to be addressed.

“Veramaris’ sustainability value proposition, including its recent joint certification from ASC-MSC, gives retailers and the food service sector a viable solution for their seafood sustainability challenges and I am looking forward to working with our partners to help them achieve their sustainable seafood goals.

“Veramaris offers a game-changing solution and I am thrilled to be a part of the company as its growth accelerates.”

Veramaris’ CEO Karim Kurmaly said: “Aquaculture needs to scale up to meet the world’s increasing demand for seafood but it can only do so sustainably. This is where Veramaris comes in; our algae oil, naturally rich in both EPA & DHA Omega-3 helps to reduce the industry’s reliance on wild catch fish, and we also have the capacbility to produce, at scale, a natural and sustainable alternative to fish oil.  

“Our success depends on our people and I am thrilled to welcome Johan to our talented team. His proven track record in the industry will be a huge asset as we continue on our mission to expand the world’s supply of certified sustainable EPA & DHA Omega-3.”

Founded just over three years ago by science and chemicals giants DSM and Evonik, Veramaris has made an extraordinary impact on the aquaculture industry in a relatively short space of time.

Earlier this year, Veramaris became the first microalgae oil producer for feed to achieve joint ASC-MSC certification therewith expanding the world’s access to certified EPA& DHA Omega-3 by 45%.

Veramaris represents the sustainable choice for Omega-3 nutrition in both the aquaculture and pet food industries. Salmon, shrimp and other species as well as cats and dogs can now grow up on EPA & DHA Omega-3 from natural marine algae, which reduces reliance on wild-caught fish for feed.

 

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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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