The new omega-3 centre will look to develop products that achieve the best health promoting effects. (Photo: Kjell Merok, Nofima)
New omega-3 research centre to open
Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:50 (GMT + 9)
A new Omega-3 Innovation Centre that will enhance innovation by co-ordinating research into incorporating the fatty acids into human and fish diets is due to open near Oslo, Norway next year.
Co-ordinated by Norwegian aquaculture firms and fisheries and food industries research group Nofima, the new centre will focus on developing high-quality omega-3 lipids and formulated products in diets for humans and fish in order to achieve the best health promoting effects.
“By developing new documentation and novel sets of specifications/standards for high quality omega-3 oils, the sectors will have a powerful tool for leveling up their business and create value from the range of new possible applications the fast growing omega-3 market is bringing.” Nofima’s marketing manager Anders Tromborg stated, NutraIngredients reports.
Nofima senior scientist Bente Ruyter added: “The most important task for the centre will be to work on the best possible taste, odour and shelf life of the omega-3 fatty acids. Through systematic building of knowledge over time, the centre will create the basis for the development of new and innovative products based on omega-3.”
The European market for omega-3 ingredients is estimated to be growing at up to 30 per cent each year reaching a total value of NOK 6.5 billion (EUR 816,500) by 2014.
“It is crucial to future innovation, continued growth and value creation within the aquaculture sector that the quality of the limited volumes of marine lipids meets the highest standards,” said Tromborg.
The quality of the lipids found in the flesh of the fish is a direct result of the quality fed and hence will have direct impact on the healthy image of salmon. How the aquaculture sector handle marine lipid utilisation is also linked to the overall sustainability and the future image of the sector.
Administered by the Norwegian Research Council's Division for Innovation, the research centre will operate for at least eight years on annual funding of EUR 2.5 million per year. It’s progress will be reviewed after five and three years.
By Denise Recalde