Allma Microalgae has unveiled a prototype concentrated “liquid Chlorella” that offers the natural nutritional power of Chlorella vulgaris in a format that’s easy for food and beverage manufacturers to use.
The new aqueous extract includes high levels of some of the water-based nutrients from Allma’s sun-grown Chlorella, including essential amino acids, Vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, calcium, chlorophyll, lutein and zeaxanthin; but without the lipophilic oil-based nutrients such as Omega 3 and 6. As a result it offers higher solubility than whole Chlorella powder and a significant reduction in the marine taste sometimes associated with microalgae ingredients.
Portugal-based Allma believes the liquid Chlorella concentrate will prove a success with food and beverage companies seeking natural and vegetarian sources to fortify and enrich their products. Over the coming months, the company intends to optimize the extract to suit specific applications and tailor it to maximize levels of specific nutrients as required.
Allma’s new liquid Chlorella has been developed for use in a wide range of applications, including beverages, dairy products and dietary supplements. “This is the next generation of Chlorella ingredients,” said Sofia Mendonça, Business Development Manager at Allma. “It is a soluble liquid Chlorella that has been developed with the food and beverage industry in mind.”
Allma’s Chlorella is grown at the state-of-the-art Algafarm production facility in Leiria, 100km north of Lisbon, Portugal. The Chlorella is cultivated in water and grows naturally through photosynthesis in transparent tubes exposed to sunlight. After reaching an optimal biochemical profile, Allma’s Chlorella biomass is pasteurized and spray dried gently to preserve its rich nutrient content.
Allma is a joint-venture collaboration between A4F, a Portuguese biotechnology company specializing in the design, construction and operation of large-scale algae production sites, and Secil, one of Portugal’s largest cement companies.
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