Aquasta is used in aquaculture feed to enrich and pigment salmonids. (Photo: Naturxan/FIS)
Astaxanthin producer goes global
Friday, May 28, 2010, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
Astaxanthin producer Naturxan LLC announced on Thursday it has finished an expansion of its production and distribution capabilities that pitches product Aquasta® worldwide.
Naturxan is a joint venture between Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Igene Biotechnology, Inc. Its product Aquasta is a naturally sourced astaxanthin made from Phaffia yeast and used in aquaculture feed to enrich and pigment farmed salmon and trout.
“Our recent efforts help ensure we can provide feed manufacturers and fish producers around the world with a stable, year-round supply of high quality, industry-tested, naturally-sourced astaxanthin,” said CEO Richard Grelewicz.
“Over the last year, we have invested more than USD 3 million of capital and dedicated significant science and engineering resources into scaling production capacity and inventory volume to fulfill ongoing customer demand,” he added.
Naturxan can now deliver Aquasta wherever and whenever it is required around the world thanks to its access to ADM’s premiere production and transportation network, plus with export and distribution centers in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Naturally sourced Aquasta gives the aquaculture industry an alternative to synthetic, non-renewable sources of astaxanthin to produce the pink color of wild salmon in its farmed counterpart.
Aquasta has proven as effective as synthetic astaxanthin, Naturxan said, via tests of various feed product extrusion processes, production timelines, storage temperatures and in commercial field trials using fresh, frozen and smoked fish such as Atlantic salmon, coho salmon and rainbow trout.
The firm’s astaxanthin is made from renewable ingredients and without the use of petrochemicals or recombinant DNA modification to the production organism. It thus meets the health and purchasing preferences of consumers and retailers who opt for naturally derived aquaculture products, Naturxan said.
Aquasta is accepted by notable organic programmes worldwide, including Naturland, BioSuisse, DEBIO, KRAV, the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Organic Food Federation, the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association and Agriculture Biologique.
“We believe Aquasta provides benefits that cannot be found in other sources which claim to be natural, making us the clear choice in the aquaculture market,” told Dr Stephen Hiu, CTO.
“Aquasta does not pigment fish with adonirubin, which is not naturally found in salmon at the very high levels as that resulting from the use of the competitive product,” he explained.
Aquasta has a high and more proportional astaxanthin bioavailability than certain other astaxanthin sources, is consistently dose responsive and the astaxanthin is almost indistinguishable to that from krill, which wild salmon feed on to develop their natural color.
Naturxan touts itself as the world’s leading provider of naturally sourced astaxanthin from Phaffia yeast, serving customers of all sizes in the aquaculture sector around the planet for over a decade. The firm’s naturally sourced astaxanthin is used in both specialty and commercial-scale feed and fishing operations by customers in more than a dozen countries.
By Natalia Real