Microalgae are considered to be one of the most promising raw materials for a sustainable supply of raw materials and specialties for both food and non-food products.
The microalgae sector is very dynamic and is growing every year. In Europe this sector has more than 100 companies, with a total of 10,000 jobs. This involves companies of different sizes. For example, there are already about 100 Spiruliniers (small farmers growing Spirulina) spread across Southern Europe.
At the same time, the micro-algae sector has attracted the attention of several multinationals, such as DSM, BASF, Roquette and Aqualia, which have an interest in using algae in their products. This involves microalgae paste, dried microalgae and microalgae extracts, each with a wide range of formulations.
In recent years, standardization of algae production has been a problem that the EU and other parties are working on to ensure reliable quality of algae and algae products.
AlgaEurope 2018 offers the opportunity to be updated on current developments in this area and to get an overview of European initiatives.