“The Israeli food-tech industry has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years and is taking a leading role worldwide with a broad range of innovative companies and institutions that provide solutions for the changing demands of the global food industry,” says Israel Export Institute food-tech manager Sahar Yazdanpour. “Israeli businesses are pioneering food-ingredient substitutes and improving processes in manufacturing, preserving and packaging food.”
“They are introducing solutions to support the health needs of consumers around the globe,” she says. “We at the Israel Export Institute identified this emerging trend and established a new department that focuses specifically on diverse technologies for the food world and helps promote companies that provide promising solutions.”
Ms. Yazdanpour says that Algatechnologies (Algatech) is an excellent example of how to support important health trends that are gaining momentum. Algatech, an Israeli company, operates a state-of-the-art microalgae cultivation site, producing algae-based products in the heart of the Arava Desert in Southern Israel, just north of the Red Sea. Algatech is considered one of the most advanced and innovative companies in microalgae agriculture.
The company’s range of solutions is very broad, attracting attention worldwide. Algatech currently exports to more than 30 countries, mainly to the United States, Japan and Europe. “Throughout the coming year, Algatech and other food-tech companies are expected to participate in various promotional events — receiving important international media exposure through discussions with foreign journalists, business meetings with international food companies and connections to potential partners abroad,” she says.
Dr. Omer Grundman, Algatech biologist and R&D scientist, says, “During evolution, microalgae developed components and mechanisms that helped them survive extreme conditions and resist bacteria and fungi. These are the same components and mechanisms that we want to exploit for the benefit of humanity.”
“Over the past few years, Algatech has developed a number of groundbreaking products that will be launched soon. The unique combination of agriculture, science and innovation has literally made the desert bloom, and we are all proud to be part of creating food-tech’s future,” he says.
“Our flagship product is AstaPure, a natural astaxanthin derived from Haematococcus pluvialis, known as one of nature’s most potent antioxidants,” says Yael Carrasso, VP of R&D, adding, “Algatech is actually learning how to improve nature from nature itself. Astaxanthin uses its microalgae source to protect its DNA under extreme conditions. Nature’s wildlife has learned to take advantage of astaxanthin for survival: salmon store it in their muscles before starting their long upstream journey; birds of prey accumulate it in their eyes to protect them from the sun’s radiation.”
Dr. Carrasso adds that over 500 clinical and pre-clinical studies have demonstrated the effects of astaxanthin on preserving human health, including: protecting normal eye function; maintaining the skin’s health and appearance; supporting athletic activity; improving cognitive abilities; promoting anti-inflammatory action and more.