Roquette has built a microalgae production unit at its Lestrem site near Calais in France with a capability to produce 5000 t a year.
The unit will grow chlorella which is claimed to be rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals and will be marketed at the functional foods and supplements sector.
Roquette has developed its microalgae business over the past 14 years and built a research laboratory in 2006. It also launched a microalgae research programme in 2008.
Six years the company acquired algae production sites in Germany as well as in China in 2009.
This plant opened is also the largest of Roquette’s 21 refining units where it produces plant-derived starches.
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