Involved in the microalgae area for several years, Roquette has developed new microalgae-based ingredients with nutritional and functional benefits for Nutrition, Health and Nutraceuticals.
- Microalgae: micro-plant, macro potential
Microalgae are microscopic single-cell organisms. Appeared on the Earth more than 2.5 billion years ago, they are at the origin of life. Their ability to generate oxygen contributed to the creation of the Earth’s atmosphere, which in turn allowed life on Earth to develop. They are ancestral tiny plants.
Consumed by the Aztecs and the African tribes for centuries, they were studied later in Europe as ingredients to fighting malnutrition, because of their richness in nutrients and rapid growth.
Currently, scientists estimate that there are several tens of thousands species of microalgae, with only a few hundreds that have been studied.
Those multi-component microorganisms offer huge potentials in terms of nutrition for various markets and the opportunities for innovation are wide.
• Roquette, global leader in whole microalgae cultivation
As a pioneer in the microalgae sector with a long-term strategy, Roquette seeks to capitalize on the extraordinary potential of this renewable resource to respond to the nutritional and demographic challenges of the planet.
Since the year 2000, Roquette has strongly believed in the future role of microalgae in food, nutrition and health. With its expertise in generating value from agricultural raw materials, the Group invested in microalgae:
- creating a dedicated research laboratory in 2006,
- leading a research program in 2008 (ALGOHUB® supported by OSEO now Bpifrance),
- acquiring production sites in Germany in 2008 and in China in 2009,
- building an industrial unit in Lestrem (France) in 2013, now fully operational.
With microalgae, Roquette is diversifying its activity and reinforcing its ambition to be a major player in Food, Nutrition and Health.
- algility™, a range of whole food ingredients
algility™ Whole Algal Flour has been recognized at the FIE Innovation Awards 2013
Involved in the microalgae area for several years, Roquette has developed three new microalgae-based ingredients with nutritional and functional benefits for Nutrition, Health and Nutraceuticals.
algility™ HL Whole Algal Flour:
algility™ HP Whole Algal Protein (*):
A nutrient-rich whole food ingredient (proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals) to boost the daily diet.
Delicious brownies with lipid profile enhancement
A tasty high protein soup with improved nutritional profile
|Food supplements for detox & digestive health thanks to the synergic effect of Chlorella-NUTRIOSE®|
Besides their nutritional benefits, algility™ microalgae can also naturally bring a color to foodstuffs.
Beyond these ingredients, Roquette also aims to develop other solutions for protein enrichment and optimization of the nutritional profile: lipids (omega-3), pigments (carotenoids, etc.), vitamins and minerals.
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