SOFIA, Bulgaria – Huvepharma, a European-based human and animal nutrition company, announced in mid-November the creation of a large-scale joint venture called Huve Nutraceuticals, which will produce omega-3 plant-based algae oils for pet food, animal nutrition and human food. Applications.
These algal oils will be produced at Huvepharma’s fermentation plant in Peshtera, Bulgaria, which is “one of the largest modern fermentation sites” in the European Union, according to the company.
The ingredients will be sold to manufacturers under the brand names HuvePrime® for infant and nutritional products and HuvePure® for use in dog and cat food, horse feed and aquaculture feed.
The manufacturing process involves large fermentation units using purified water, eliminating the dangers of heavy metals, nanoplastics or other toxins that can be found in the animal algal oil counterpart, fish oil. The company stated that a significant portion of the energy used in the process will come from waste and renewable sources, limiting its environmental impact.
In addition, Huve Nutraceuticals has a mission to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 50% compared to the typical carbon footprint resulting from harvesting, processing and shipping fish oil ingredients, the company said.
Thomas Brudenell Bruce, CEO of Huve Nutraceuticals, said: “We are committed to this joint venture and to developing innovative planet-friendly products that reduce our carbon footprint. We are constantly striving to improve our manufacturing and logistics process. We are on a mission to be carbon neutral within ten years. We hope that in due course, we will make a significant contribution to addressing the world’s declining fish stocks and help increase consumption of essential fatty acids from non-fish sources. Algae-based Omega-3 is non-GMO, gluten-free and based on organic extraction methods.”
Huve Nutraceuticals hopes to tap into the growing market for plant-derived marine oils, which have the benefits of sustainability and provide functional health benefits for human and animal nutrition products. These ingredients have been recognized in the pet industry as a source of essential omega-3 fatty acids – specifically DHA and EPA – which can benefit cognitive health and development, skin and coat health, and overall health and wellness.
HuvePure wallet will include DHA [docosahexaenoic acid] and ARA [arachidonic acid] Algae oils, which provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The company markets its algae DHA oil for formulations targeting early-stage development including cognition, the nervous system, and eye health. The ARA component is a vegetarian source of both Omega 3 and 6 derived fatty acids Mortarella Alpina, which is a fungal organism grown in controlled conditions and fermented by the company.
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