Sunday, December 6, 2020

Marine ingredients maker appoints co-founder as CEO accelerate sustainability

One of the eco-founders of French biomarine company, Algaia, has been appointed as its new CEO to step-up its environmental ambitions.

As CEO, Frédéric Faure will accelerate and expand the marine ingredient maker’s sustainability plan toward achieving a minimal carbon footprint by 2025.

Algaia is committed to “dramatically advance” its co-extraction strategy of fresh seaweeds in house and optimise the use of raw materials to reduce its environmental impact.

The traditional manufacturing process for seaweed extracts utilizes only a relatively small portion of the biomass while generating significant solid and liquid waste.

Depending on the technologies and the types of extracted compounds, only 15% to 35% of the raw material is actually used. Algaia has set a goal of using its multiple-extraction process to valuize 80 to 90% of the fresh seaweed biomass that it harvests by 2025.

Traditional methods of seaweed compound extraction do not allow for the isolation of some of the more sensitive compounds due to heat treatment and certain ion-exchange reactions.

Some of the components also require fresh seaweeds due to their sensitivity to drying conditions as well as degradation from UV exposure.

These are just some of the technical challenges producers encounter at extraction facilities that rely on dry imported seaweeds.

“Our know-how in extraction, marine biotechnologies, and our innovative multiple stage extraction processes can allow us to generate new byproducts, meeting the needs for more sustainable and naturally sourced solutions,” said Mr Faure.

“We set an ambitious goal to address one of the biggest environmental challenges in producing algae-based products today: keeping up with the fast-growing demand.”

Before helping to found Algaia in 2016, Mr Faure worked in both France and China in managerial positions and portfolio development for global companies such as Cargill, Evonik, and Lucas-Meyer.

He first took on the role at Algaia of Business Development and Commercial Director while leading the setup of the R&D center in Saint Lô, Normandy.

Faure replaces Fabrice Bohin, who remains a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors, while becoming the new president of Diana Naturals SAS within Symrise Nutrition.

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