AlgaeHealth Announces the World’s First Organic Astaxanthin crop

March 8th, 2016

Anaheim, March 8th, 2016 – Algae Health Sciences, Inc. (AlgaeHealth), a subsidiary of BGG, announced today that its Haematococcus pluvialis crop has obtained organic certification by Ecocert, an organic certifying agency based in France. Haematococcus pluvialis is well known for its high content of the strong antioxidant Astaxanthin and is the starting material AlgaeHealth uses for the production of its AstaZine® product line. This landmark achievement comes after a long-term product development project and heavy investment to become the world’s first organically produced Astaxanthin crop.  “AlgaeHealth and our parent company BGG pride ourselves on product quality and innovation” said Joe Huff, CEO of AlgaeHealth’s North American operation.  “This pinnacle achievement for our flagship product AstaZine® Natural Astaxanthin will be very exciting for cutting edge companies that target the organic market.

Christian Artaria, global CMO of BGG and CEO of BGG’s European operation based in Switzerland echoed Mr. Huff’s sentiment.  “The organic market is growing quickly in Europe and North America.  The organic certification of our Haematococcus pluvialis crop differentiates our Astaxanthin from anyone in the market place and answers an unmet need of our customers and end-users.

Organic labeling laws vary from country to country, but in many regulatory environments brands featuring AstaZine® Natural Astaxanthin 5% Haematococcus pluvialis powder will be able to claim “Astaxanthin from Organic Haematococcus pluvialis” on their labels.  “While brands will have to check on their local regulations, we’re confident that in most markets, our customers can now launch our Astaxanthin powder informing their end-user that the product they are getting is made starting from organic material,” said Mr. Huff.  “We’re currently looking at emerging delivery methods which will allow brands to use a Certified Organic logo such as the USDA’s on their packaging as well.”


AlgaeHealth will be displaying at their first industry trade show, Natural Products Expo West/Engredea in Anaheim, California March 10 – 13 at booth #468.  For more information, please contact us at

About Algae Health Sciences, Inc.:

Algae Health Sciences, Inc. focuses on the production and marketing of efficacious ingredients from natural algae sources. With the world’s second largest capacity to produce Natural Astaxanthin from microalgae, Algae Health Sciences, Inc., plans to become the world’s largest Astaxanthin producer in 2020. The company has offices in USA, Switzerland, Japan and China.

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 About BGG Group:

Founded in 1995, BGG is specialized in development and manufacture of fruit and botanical extracts, microalgae secondary metabolites, natural vitamins, natural sweeteners and flavour enhancers for use in the dietary supplement, food/beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. BGG employs about 400 staff, has 5 production sites, international branches in North America, Japan and Switzerland and manages sales in more than 20 countries. BGG is ISO9001, ISO22000 and GMP certified.

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ECOCERT is an inspection and certification body, established in France in 1991 by agronomists aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and of the importance of offering some form of recognition to those committed to this method of production. From its creation, ECOCERT is specialized in the certification of organic agricultural products. ECOCERT contributed to the expansion of organic farming in the 1990s by helping to draw up French and European regulations. Still very involved in promoting organic farming, ECOCERT today works with French and International institutions in supporting project development. By winning the confidence of professionals and consumers, ECOCERT has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide. Since the outset, ECOCERT has been an independent company that has remained faithful to its convictions. Consistent with its commitment to organic farming, ECOCERT has opted to put its technical expertise to use in supporting the environment, developing its own specifications for the inspection and certification of products, systems and services. By defining strict requirements that meet consumer expectations, Ecocert Group encourages economic stakeholders to adopt responsible practices

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Press Contacts: 

Algae Health Sciences, Inc.
Bob CapelliExecutive Vice President Global

Christian Artaria

Global Chief Marketing Officer



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