Aker BioMarine presents new technology at FiE to utilize krill while reducing carbon footprint
09 Dec 2022 --- In Paris, France, Norwegian-based Aker Biomarine showcases its PL + Technology at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE). The technology utilizes the power of the phospholipids already existing in krill oil that harms the bioavailability of other ingredients.
NutritionInsight speaks with Matts Johansen, CEO at Aker BioMarine, who explains the technology further while emphasizing the health benefits of krill oil for human health.
“Krill oil is differentiated from fish oils and other sources of omega 3, because the omega 3 in krill oil is three times better absorbed than other alternatives. This is because all cells in our bodies have a membrane of phospholipids. For the nutrients to enter our cells, they need to be in that phospholipid form.”
“When you serve omega 3 from krill, it is already in that phospholipids form from nature, resulting in better absorption. What we are doing now is using that knowledge and technology to wrap those phospholipids from krill around other ingredients that are not so easily absorbed by our body,” Johansen adds.
He continues to explain that this leads to two results, exemplifying that it can provide a more powerful CBD or curcumin product, or it may reduce the dose so it can fit into a capsule or be a cheaper product for the consumer, making it multifunctional.
What about the environment?
Johansen says that sustainability has been a priority since the company was established 15 years ago.
“We have many resources to ensure sustainability. Firstly, we ensure that we have a sustainable fishery, which is about ensuring we have zero bycatch, being transparent, contributing to science in the ecosystems and responsible regulation of the fisheries.”
“For the seventh year in a row, we have been awarded the most sustainable fishery in the world.”
He continues to explain that Aker BioMarine is now focusing on reducing its CO2 footprint by small measures in its factories and fishing vessels. “The small things add up to have a large impact.”
Johansen says that the company has reduced its CO2 footprint by 50% over the last ten years and that in the coming decade, it aims to reduce it by another 50%.
Recently, Aker BioMarine was included in a report for prominently displaying the so-called ‘Eco-Harvesting’ label. Furthermore, the report cites a Reuters article revealing Aker BioMarine entangled four humpback whales, including three juveniles, during its 2021/22 fishing season.
“We respect that there are different opinions on how Antarctica should be managed, and because we operate in Antarctica, we are scrutinized,” Pål Skogrand, VP of policy and impact at Aker BioMarine, previously told NutritionInsight.
Johansen details that as Aker BioMarine is science-focused, this is where the company remains in terms of innovation.
“In 2022, there has been a lot of new science looking at how krill reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. A huge study in Australia demonstrated how krill reduces the pain and uncomfortable elements related to arthritis, and studies have shown that elderly people can grow muscle strength even past the age of 60 years old.”
“Just last week, a new study was published showing anti-aging effects from krill oil, and I think that’s our keyword for 2023 as we see that as a global trend. People want to be healthier longer, especially focusing on brain health and this new study will be powerful in terms of developing products for that type of consumer.”
By Beatrice Wihlander with live reporting from FiE by William Bradford Nichols
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