Algatechnologies Introduces Highest Content AstaPure® Natural Astaxanthin

Algatechnologies Ltd. (“Algatech”), a leading manufacturer and supplier of natural algae astaxanthin announces the launch of AstaPure® 20% astaxanthin oleoresin. This content of astaxanthin exceeds any in the marketplace.

“The new, advanced product allows our customers to offer much smaller, friendlier sized capsules without changing or reducing the astaxanthin dosage,” explains Efrat Kat, Director of Marketing and Sales at Algatech.

This innovative product is sourced from a rich astaxanthin biomass developed at the Algatech facilities. The oleoresin is then produced utilizing an advanced CO2 extraction technology that enables delicate extraction without the use of organic solvents, keeping astaxanthin’s natural bioactive properties intact.

“The combination of high quality and high concentration in astaxanthin products, plus extended shelf-life, is the perfect solution for natural astaxanthin inclusion in a variety of formulations,” adds Kat.

Algatech is a global biotechnology company specializing in the commercial cultivation of microalgae. The company recently announced another doubling of its production capacity for the AstaPure brand, following an investment of US$20 million in its facility in the Arava Desert.

This launch of high astaxanthin content oleoresin is in line with our strategy to bring added value to our customers by  developing advanced product forms as well as new active ingredients utilizing Algatech’s unique technologies” says Hagai Stadler, CEO of Algatech.

Algatech’s cultivation process employs a closed system that remains completely exposed to natural sunlight. This allows an environmentally controlled process for the production of high-purity astaxanthin ingredients.

The AstaPure line also includes a 10% astaxanthin oleoresin; 2.5% and 2% astaxanthin vegetarian beadlets; 3% astaxanthin powder and 4mg astaxanthin capsules, supplied in bulk.

All AstaPure products can be used across multiple forms of dietary supplements, cosmeceuticals, foods and beverages.

Algatech holds Kosher, Halal ISO 9001-2008, HACCP and GMP international accreditations.

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Algatechnologies Invests $20 million in Natural Astaxanthin Production

Algatechnologies (“Algatech”), Israel, announces a more than 100% expansion of its production capacity of AstaPure® brand natural astaxanthin. This doubling of capacity follows an investment of $20 million in its state-of-the-art facility in the Arava Desert, Israel.

This significant step is only part of the transformation by Algatech’ new owners, Grovepoint, since the UK investment group acquired control of Algatech in 2013. Grovepoint’s distinct aim is development and capitalization of the potential business in natural astaxanthin and related products.

“The expansion will be executed in phases, with a substantial part to be completed in 2014,” says Hagai Stadler, CEO of Algatech. “Part of the new plant is dedicated specifically for production of new microalgae products, based on our expertise and capabilities in the microalgae cultivation process. Innovative technologies will be merged into the current process to increase the facility yield and to reduce costs”

The past few years have witnessed dramatic growth in awareness of the health benefits of natural astaxanthin. This stems from the publication of a number of important clinical trials showing that regular consumption of astaxanthin helps protect the body from health disorders related to oxidative stress.

“This expansion of the production of astaxanthin from microalgae will allow Algatech to maintain its significant leadership position in existing markets as well as leverage it to develop new ones,” adds Leon Blitz, Grovepoint leading director.

The AstaPure® brand is sold mainly in North America, Europe and Asia as an active ingredient in dietary supplements, cosmetics and functional foods and beverages.

“The expansion is symbol of trust on the future of the natural astaxanthin, and in it growth in the coming years” says Ed Hofland, Algatech Chairman.

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