Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

By Anna Bonar

- Last updated on GMT

Allma: “We expect the first big jump to happen in either Europe or North America."
Allma: “We expect the first big jump to happen in either Europe or North America."

Related tags Algae Dietary supplement Nutrition Snack

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

The firm is producing rice cereal and chlorella vulgaris​ blends in multiple sizes and flavours like carrots, rosemary and lemon.

Talking to NutraIngredients, Sofia Mendonça, business development manager at Allma, said: “There is a huge potential for chlorella powder as a food ingredient. Mainly because of its nutritional value but also because of its food technology characteristics. It could for example be used as a natural colourant.”

Matrices proposed by the firm include yoghurts, breakfast cereals, snack bars, soups and salad.

Raising awareness

The company started working on the project a couple of months ago and food manufacturers are beginning to show an interest in it.

“We expect the first big jump to happen in either Europe or North America. Asia is also an interesting market for us as they have a long tradition in terms of microalgae. What we need is an acceptance and investment in chlorella as a food ingredient,​ ” Mendonça added.

Chlorella contains vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, protein and polyphenols but claims are only emerging as regulator-friendly science builds, and so most marketing is based around ‘wellbeing’ messaging.

“Chlorella is widely-recognised among people who are taking dietary supplements as well as those who are looking for natural products. Our biggest challenge is to consolidate the awareness and reach the rest of the consumers globally,”​ Mendonça said.

Algae extraction has boomed in recent years with the likes of Roquette and DSM-Martek in the area, along with smaller players like Aurora Algae in California.

The company will be exhibiting at Health Ingredients Europe (HIE) in Amsterdam between December 2-4.

Related news

Related products

show more

Flavor technology for bold, bright citrus flavors

Flavor technology for bold, bright citrus flavors

Content provided by ADM: Gain an Edge with Global Consumer Trends | 10-May-2023 | Case Study

Our collaborative global team of expert citrus flavorists combines technology and experience to make ADM the full-service partner you need to shape your...

Future of Functional Beverages in Europe

Future of Functional Beverages in Europe

Content provided by Glanbia Nutritionals | 05-May-2023 | Insight Guide

The strong appeal of functional beverages to support health is changing the RTD landscape in Europe. Here’s a look at Europe’s functional beverage trends...

Create Better-for-Everyone Reduced-Sugar Products

Create Better-for-Everyone Reduced-Sugar Products

Content provided by SweeGen | 04-May-2023 | Product Presentation

Consumers are growing wiser about wellness. Create reduced-sugar products that are better tasting and better for your consumers with Sweegen’s expertise...

Drinking with our eyes first

Drinking with our eyes first

Content provided by Lycored | 28-Apr-2023 | Product Brochure

Whether flavored waters, sports drinks, juices, mocktails or low alcoholic beverages, the beauty behind coloration doesn’t just lie in visual appeal, but...

Related suppliers

Follow us


View more