KAS Debuts Natural Astaxanthin by Novel Fermentation

February 22, 2021

The company’s break-through is comparable to the emergence of algal DHA using fermentation to replace marine oils for healthy, sustainable nutrition.

Algae technology company, Kuehnle AgroSystems (KAS), has developed a game-changing fermentation process for the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis, a trusted source of natural astaxanthin.

Only KAS produces Haematococcus by dark fermentation. The fermentation process is very fast, high yielding, and low cost. It occurs in closed vertical tank systems for minimal water and land use with maximal purity. And only astaxanthin from Haematococcus is truly natural, as it does not arise from mutagenesis or genetic engineering used for all bacterial or yeast sources (including Paracoccus bacteria and yeasts). Haematococcus is approved for use in the target markets.

“We believe our bioavailable, all-natural algal astaxanthin will significantly disrupt the animal feed and food ingredients market,” said KAS CEO, Dr. Heidi Kuehnle. “End-users in aquaculture operations as well as feed suppliers welcome a path that leads away from using synthetic chemical colorants. Our vision is to offer the natural solution at the same price as synthetic using Haematococcus, known for its added benefits for animal health and well-being.”