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Macroalgae and microalgae are gradually taking their place in the French agri-food landscape, without being considered today as fully-fledged vegetables.

Algae are part of a locavore and organic approach for many consumers, reassured by the labels, who buy them in short circuit, in specialized supply networks (organic, …) but also in supermarkets. The development of the offer (diversity, quality, volumes, availability, …) gradually allows manufacturers to incorporate them in a growing range of products and already prepared meals.

The increasing consumption of algae naturally leads to a growing concern of professionals and public authorities for the quality and compliance of this new resource towards standards (especially regarding the heavy metal content).

All these aspects are therefore closely followed by the CEVA who has the aim to help overcome obstacles affecting the marketing and the use of algae in the agri-food and nutrition & health sectors, notably through:

  • The formulation of recipes, stabilization and transformation processes design as well as the development of algae-based ingredients for any agri-food product or food supplement,
  • The exploitation of the organoleptic, nutritional and functional properties of algae and the removal of specific barriers preventing their full processing,
  • The provision of a complete and objective information to qualify the nutritional benefits of algae to all stakeholders,
  • An individual coaching for each stage to develop your innovative ideas, and the option of working in synergy with a multidisciplinary network of private and academic partners.

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Our achievements in this field

Classified by services and innovations, find all the achievements of CEVA

  • Development and industrialization of liquid hearted alginate beads
  • Development of recipes (cooked dishes, soups, drinks, ...)
  • Development and production of aromatic extracts
  • Development of food supplements: formulation and development of assets to meet consumer targets, creation of analytical files
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  • Development / optimization of extraction methods for the quantification of pigments / antioxidants (fucoxanthin, phycocyanin, astaxanthin, ...) in specific seaweed or microalgae
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  • Supply of filtered and / or concentrated seawater
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  • Production of aromatic algae extracts
  • Fine grinding of dry seaweed or ingredients
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  • Algae preservation by controlled fermentation, bleaching or salting
  • Production and fractionation of purified polyphenolic extracts
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  • Taxonomic revision of chlorella and consequences on their use in human nutrition
  • Customized training of R & D and commercial teams or in a context of diversification of activity (biology, molecules of interest, products, production techniques ...)
  • Patent study / preliminary analysis of the freedom to operate for the application of a specific technology for the development of microalgae enriched in bioactive compounds
  • Bibliographic / patent study on extraction technologies of a compound of interest and production scenario recommendations
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  • Microalgae cultivation on agri-food and industrial effluents
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  • Establishment of microalgae and macroalgae culture collections
  • Supply of inoculum / samples of spirulina strains for the Federation of French Spirulina
  • Production of seeded supports for the cultivation of macroalgae
  • Inventory of local species able to be exploited in France and abroad
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  • Technical assistance for algae production: sizing, installation, and diversification of pilot sites (DADD)
  • Feasibility survey for the establishment of a microalgae production site
  • Development of Porphyra and Palmaria cultures
  • Development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)
  • Protein and starch enrichment of green algae biomass
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Innovative food products

  • Development and industrialization of liquid hearted alginate beads
  • Development of recipes (cooked dishes, soups, drinks, ...)
  • Development and production of aromatic extracts
  • Development of food supplements: formulation and development of assets to meet consumer targets, creation of analytical files
Learn more

Specific analysis

  • Development / optimization of extraction methods for the quantification of pigments / antioxidants (fucoxanthin, phycocyanin, astaxanthin, ...) in specific seaweed or microalgae
Learn more

Seawater filtration

  • Supply of filtered and / or concentrated seawater
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Custom production

  • Production of aromatic algae extracts
  • Fine grinding of dry seaweed or ingredients
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Industrial transfer

  • Algae preservation by controlled fermentation, bleaching or salting
  • Production and fractionation of purified polyphenolic extracts
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Secure and accelerate your innovations

  • Taxonomic revision of chlorella and consequences on their use in human nutrition
  • Customized training of R & D and commercial teams or in a context of diversification of activity (biology, molecules of interest, products, production techniques ...)
  • Patent study / preliminary analysis of the freedom to operate for the application of a specific technology for the development of microalgae enriched in bioactive compounds
  • Bibliographic / patent study on extraction technologies of a compound of interest and production scenario recommendations
Learn more

Treat and give value to your effluents

  • Microalgae cultivation on agri-food and industrial effluents
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Secure the sourcing

  • Establishment of microalgae and macroalgae culture collections
  • Supply of inoculum / samples of spirulina strains for the Federation of French Spirulina
  • Production of seeded supports for the cultivation of macroalgae
  • Inventory of local species able to be exploited in France and abroad
Learn more

Microalgae and seaweed cultivation

  • Technical assistance for algae production: sizing, installation, and diversification of pilot sites (DADD)
  • Feasibility survey for the establishment of a microalgae production site
  • Development of Porphyra and Palmaria cultures
  • Development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)
  • Protein and starch enrichment of green algae biomass
Learn more