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GOED has been producing a small weekly web series called “Meet a Member” in order to introduce it’s member companies and draw a meaningful picture of the global omega-3 industry. This month, Bioriginal was invited to be interviewed in one of these videos. In the interview, Biorignal’s Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Cameron Kupper, speaks to what sets Bioriginal apart from other omega-3 suppliers and challenges pertaining to in the industry.

Click here to watch the video.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – March 6, 2017

A new plant-based jerky that taps into consumer demand for an alternative to the popular meat-based snack combines coconut with a high-quality plant-based protein blend and will be introduced at Natural Products Expo West (NPEW) March 9-12 in Anaheim, California.

“Consumers are looking for snacks that are both healthy and satiating,” noted Bioriginal President Joe Vidal. “Coconut jerky was created with that in mind. We took an ingredient consumers trust and love – coconut – and combined it with other popular plant-based proteins like pumpkin and faba bean, to create a snack food that is portable and tasty.”

Bioriginal’s coconut jerky offering is not only plant-based and suitable for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, but is gluten-free and a good source of protein.

According to market research firm IRI, the jerky market is a nearly $1.5 billion industry in the United States. The report noted sales were up by 13 percent since 2013, and by 46 percent since 2009.1

Today, jerky continues to be embraced by consumers as a convenient, high protein snack. A report by market research firm Euromonitor found that jerky outsells seeds, party mixes, and pita chips – combined.

Bioriginal will also introduce its new 100% coconut derived MCT powder which boasts a higher MCT oil load than others on the market. Previews at NPEW will be available through appointments that can be booked through

“MCT powder is the next generation of coconut fueled energy,” Vidal said. “These two products represent the evolution of coconut.”

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Bioriginal is a global leader in delivering complete nutritional solutions to the food and nutraceutical industries. They are headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada with facilities throughout the U.S., in Europe and Asia. Bioriginal is the Human Nutrition Division of Omega Protein Corporation.

To learn more or to arrange an interview please contact:
Adrienne Percy
Bioriginal, Marketing Communications Manager

Jerky and snack market at a glance:

  • A recent report by market research firm Euromonitor found that jerky outsells seeds, party mixes, and pita chips—combined.1
  • The market for jerky has ballooned into a nearly $1.5 billion industry in the United States. Sales are up by 13 percent since 2013, and by 46 percent since 2009, according to data from market research firm IRI.2
  • “The global market for savory snacks is expected to grow from US$94.5 billion in 2015 to US$138.2 billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent, according to market data from Canadean”1

  1. “Why beef jerky, the manly, protein-packed snack, has become so damn popular.” The Washington Post, 30 January 2015,
  2. “Global Savory Snacks Market to Reach $138 Billion by 2020.” Natural Products Insider, 7 September 2016,

*Please contact Bioriginal’s business development team for detailed information on specifications.

Our business offices:

102 Melville Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada S7J 0R1

Telephone: (306) 975-1166
Facsimile: (306) 242-3829

1851 Kaiser Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614

Telephone: (949) 622-9030
Facsimile: (949) 622-9033

Bosland 40
3258 AC Den Bommel
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)187 618 020
Fax: +31 (0)187 618 040

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Everybody’s doing coconut right? Not like this…

Beverage Industry – February 15, 2017

As consumers increasingly strive to improve their cognition and overall health and well-being, more products are being launched that target consumers’ need for improved memory, focus, concentration and mood, experts say.

In this article, Matt Phillips, Vice President of Business Development at Bioriginal, Irvine, Calif., provides some insights into the cognitive health market.

Fosnavaag, Norway – September 22, 2016

RIMFROST AS is a Norwegian vertically integrated krill company which offers krill oil and krill powder to worlds food supplement markets. The company’s strategy to offer this product in South America has now reached a milestone as the company has been granted regulatory approval in Brazil.

The health and wellness market remains strong in Brazil and consumers are increasingly looking for natural products with a high degree of added value. Krill oil from RIMFROST is characterized by its phospholipid bound omega-3 fatty acid content and clear red colour coming from the carotenoid antioxidant astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is known to be a highly potent antioxidant supporting the stability of cell membranes. As for all carotenoids, the bioavailability of astaxanthin is quite low. However, in association with krill oil phospholipids, the bioavailability of astaxanthin is increased.

“We are happy to have received the regulatory approval for RIMFROST krill oil in Brazil and we strongly believe that we are perfectly positioned in this market as our oil is 100% natural and contains a high concentration of astaxanthin.” says Ole Arne Eiksund, EVP, RIMFROST AS.

“It is well known that UV light induces oxidative damage to the skin and eyes and this is a concern in southern countries like Brazil. We will continue to develop and publish documentation regarding the antioxidant properties of RIMFROST krill in order to support our customers and grow the krill oil market in Brazil.” Says Dr. Inge Bruheim, Chief Scientific Officer, RIMFROST AS.

For additional information, please contact:
Inge Bruheim (PhD), Research Director, RIMFROST AS
Mobile +47 416 46 382

Ole Arne Eiksund
Executive Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, RIMFROST AS
Mobile +47 908 43 944

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Bioriginal will be exhibiting at SupplySide West 2016, taking place in Las Vegas on October 6-7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Come visit us at our booth PP159, and be sure to join us Thursday, October 6th, for an exciting event we’re co-hosting with RIMFROST!

For further details, please see the invitation below.

RIMFROST SSW 2016 Event Invite

Fosnavaag, Norway – September 5th, 2016

RIMFROST AS is a Norwegian vertically integrated biotechnology company that provides high quality Antarctic krill products such as Rimfrost Pristine krill powder. This pinkish and free flowing powder is a natural combination of omega-3 phospholipids, astaxanthin, proteins and peptides and can be used in nutritional applications for humans and animals. In a collaboration with NOFIMA and Denmark Technical University (DTU), and with the financial support from the Norwegian Research Council, two stability studies have been performed. The results showed that the krill powder is stable and minimal degradation takes place.

As expected for all natural products krill powder is not inert. The results from NOFIMA showed that the astaxanthin decreased over time, however, there was no significant change in the other ingredients when stored at two years at room temperature. The DTU stability trial was shorter and has recently been published in the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. The results confirmed the high stability of the powder and that the overall oxidation and hydrolysis was low. The use of vacuum packaging increased the oxidative stability of the krill powder as determined by higher contents of astaxanthin and Vitamin E.

“This shows that our proprietary and gentle state of the art enzymatic hydrolysis technology results in a krill product with superior quality.” Says. Dr Inge Bruheim, Chief Scientific Officer, Rimfrost AS.

“Rimfrost Pristine krill powder can be formulated as a stand-alone product or mixed with other dry ingredients into tablets or capsules, thus providing our customers with a range of product combinations and marketing opportunities”. Says Henrik Traaholt, VP Sales, Rimfrost AS.

For additional information, please contact:
Inge Bruheim (PhD), Research Director, RIMFROST AS
Mobile +47 416 46 382

Henrik Traaholt,
VP Sales Europe, RIMFROST AS
Mobile +47 930 26 678

To view the original press release, click here.

Aalesund, Norway – July 13th 2016

RIMFROST AS is a Norwegian vertically integrated biotechnology company that operates and controls the production of high quality krill products from raw material to finished capsules. The company’s recent innovation, a 100% pure krill oil extract with 60% phospholipids, has now obtained a favourable opinion from the Finnish Novel Food Board based on substantial equivalence and is therefore ready for the European market.

One of the strong benefits of krill is that omega-3s are bound to phospholipids – this feature has seen krill oil readily adopted by consumers who appreciate the enhanced absorption and comfort of use. Moreover, it follows that with RIMFROST’s innovative high-phospholipid RIMFROST SUBLIME 60% the levels of EPA and DHA are also greatly increased. RIMFROST SUBLIME 60% contains 30% more EPA/DHA than the previous generation of krill products. This allows formulators to develop new products with associated health claims for both EPA and DHA and also for choline which also features in greater levels in RIMFROST SUBLIME 60%.
The EFSA approved health claims are:

  • Choline contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism
  • Choline contributes to normal lipid metabolism
  • Choline contributes to normal liver function
  • EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart
  • DHA contributes to the normal brain function
  • DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal vision

“Krill oil is difficult to encapsulate due the presence of phospholipids and the industry has experienced difficulties with leaking capsules in the past. We have overcome this problem and we will therefore offer the product not only in bulk, but also in capsules” says Henrik Traaholt, VP Sales and Marketing Europe, RIMFROST AS.
“The product is high in astaxanthin and the EU regulatory approval allows the product to be marketed in concentrations up to 600 mg/kg. This natural high concentration provides our customers with an added value and is obtained because of the innovative technology applied at our New Zealand facility” says Inge Bruheim, Research Director.

For additional information, please contact:
Inge Bruheim (PhD), Research Director, RIMFROST AS
Mobile +47 416 46 382

Henrik Traaholt,
VP Sales and Marketing Europe, RIMFROST AS
Mobile +47 930 26 678

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Omega Protein has published its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibly report which features product stories, community support programs and environmental initiatives. Learn more about Omega Protein and its product offerings by reading the report here:

February 23, 2016 – HOUSTON – The U.S. has a large enough supply of sustainably produced menhaden-derived fish oil to meet the omega-3 fatty acid nutrition needs of several key demographics, and annually save $1.7 billion in healthcare costs, according to a study published today in Lipid Technology. The study, “United States menhaden oil could save billions in U.S. health care costs and improve IQ in children,” is authored by Dr. Doug Bibus, President of Lipid Technologies and an expert on omega-3 fatty acids.

“Menhaden oil offers a rich and sustainable source of EPA, DPA and DHA, the long chain omega-3 fatty acids that are required for proper health and development,” said Dr. Bibus. “Menhaden can literally supply our omega-3 needs to both treat every person with cardiovascular disease, and provide for every expecting mom in the US.”

A strong body of established research, as well as recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA), link omega-3 fatty acids with cardiovascular health. Additionally, the FDA has approved qualified health claim for reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) on foods containing EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

Drawing from previous economic research, the study concludes that if menhaden-based fish oil were directed to supplying omega-3 fatty acids to coronary heart disease patients over the age of 55, the health savings would total over $1.7 billion. As well, there would be additional savings coming from the health benefits for other cardiovascular issues.

“Inadequate long chain omega-3 intake ranks among the top ten preventable causes of death in the U.S.,” said Dr. Alex Byelashov, Director of New Product Development at Omega Protein. “As a result, marine oils have a tremendous positive impact on human health, and offer great potential for further impacts in the U.S. and around the globe.”

The health benefits gained from shifting the U.S. fish oil supply into human nutrition also extend to early neural development and would benefit women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. The FDA has issued advice encouraging these groups consume between 8 to 12 ounces of fish per week. Dr. Bibus’ paper and states that adhering to these guidelines could result in a net increase of IQ by 5.5 points in developing children and could improve early verbal development.

Dr. Bibus’ study finds that the U.S. supply of menhaden oil is also able to meet these needs. The amount of menhaden oil used to fuel aquaculture is enough “to supply every pregnant and lactating woman in the U.S. with two to three servings of oily fish per week.”

“The deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids is wide spread and completely preventable,” said Dr. Bibus. “Dietary deficits of omega-3 fatty acids put us at risk for developing chronic disease, and rob us of cognitive ability.”

Read the full study here

View a PDF of the release here

About Lipid Technologies
Lipid Technologies is an analytical services and biotechnology consulting company that specializes in the areas of fatty acid and lipid analysis, nutrition, and biochemistry consulting. Since 1995, Lipid Technologies has served the fatty acid and lipid analytical needs of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Fortune 500 food companies, the Department of Defense, and university and clinical researchers.

About Omega Protein
Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE:OME) is a century-old nutritional company that develops, produces and delivers healthy products throughout the world to improve the nutritional integrity of functional foods, dietary supplements and animal feeds. Omega Protein’s mission is to help people lead healthier lives with better nutrition through sustainably sourced ingredients such as highly-refined omega-3 rich fish oil, specialty proteins and nutraceuticals.

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Den Bommel, NL – febr 8 2016

Andean Grain Products Ltd. (“Andean Grain”) and Bioriginal Europe/Asia B.V. (“Bioriginal”) announce a partnership to produce and market cold pressed chia oil, following Andean Grain’s recent approval under European Union Novel Food regulations to legally market chia oil within Europe.

The partnership brings together Andean Grain’s strength in producing and supplying chia seed with Bioriginal’s in-depth expertise in the production of Omega ingredients and oils. Together ensuring full traceability and the highest standards in chia oil production.

“We are proud to offer the highest quality chia oil available on the market and are thrilled to be working with Bioriginal, who share our passion for nutritious and heart-healthy Omega-3 products”, said Thomas Spillane, Director of Andean Grain Products Ltd., based in London.

Andean Grain produces sustainable chia directly from the foothills of the Andes Mountains in South America and processes it via a cold pressing process that ensures it retains its impressive nutritional properties. Their chia oil contains 63-64% Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), and approximately 20% Omega-6 fatty acids, together with high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients.

Chia oil also has a variety of applications, such as a nutritional addition to foods and beverages, consumed directly, processed into softgels for a food supplement and numerous applications in cosmetic and skin care products.

“The collaboration with Andean Grain has been wonderful, and we look forward to creating a market success together with this beautiful high quality and versatile product”, said René Van Hoorn, Director Infant Milk Formula / Natural & Organic for Bioriginal.

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Andean Grain Products is dedicated to producing and supplying the highest quality superfoods from the Andean region of South America including chia seed, quinoa, maca and maqui berry. Andean Grain Products produces from farms located in Argentina in the foothills of the Andes mountain range and sources and contracts production from independent farmers in Argentina, Bolivia, Chia and Peru that share our values of environmental sustainability and having a positive impact on the local communities in which we work. Andean Grain Products exports container load volumes of its products in bulk directly from South America to customers across the globe, as well as supplies smaller volumes from its warehouse located in Belgium. In addition to bulk packaging, Andean Grain Products offers private label retail packaging as well as the products under its own brand, “Andean Sol”. Andean Grain Products handles all commercial sales from its office located in London, United Kingdom. Export operations are handled from offices and facilities located in Argentina and small volumes sales from its warehouse located in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information, please visit

For additional information, please contact:

Thomas Spillane
Andean Grain Products Ltd.
Phone: +44(0)207 193 6382

Bioriginal is a global leader in delivering complete omega solutions to the food and nutraceutical industries. With over 20 years of global expertise in plant and marine-based omegas, Bioriginal has carved out a niche by scientifically combining ingredients from all over the world, directly from the source, to create unique and efficacious solutions. Bioriginal has developed proprietary methods and systems to provide customized turnkey solutions for our customers that help them compete and win in a highly competitive space. Bioriginal is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada, with facilities in Europe, Asia and North America, and is a subsidiary of Omega Protein Corporation. For more information, please visit

Omega Protein Corporation’s Human Nutrition division includes Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. (Bioriginal) and Nutegrity. Their ingredient portfolios include three primary lines: protein products, specialty omega ingredients and other nutraceutical ingredients. Nutegrity™ represents the combined expertise of Cyvex Nutrition (botanicals and fish oils), Wisconsin Specialty Protein (dairy ingredients), and InCon Processing (molecular distillation).

For additional information, please contact:

Rene van Hoorn
Director Infant Milk Formula / Natural & Organic
Bioriginal Europe/Asia B.V.
Phone: +31 610395381

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Andean Grain Products Ltd and Bioriginal Europe/Asia B.V. Announce Partnership for Chia Oil in Europe