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Thai Union launches marine oil refinery in Germany

Nov 14. 2018
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By The Nation

Thai Union Group PCL, one of the world’s leading seafood producers, has successfully commissioned its US$24 million Thai Union Marine Nutrients tuna oil refinery.

The refinery in Rostock, Germany, produces highly refined tuna oil which is considered one of the best sources of omega 3 and DHA, ingredients critical to health and infant development.

Thai Union said it was now the only refiner of high-grade tuna oil with complete end-to-end supply chain and production management. Initial oil extraction is completed by Thai Union in Samut Sakhon before being shipped to Rostock via Hamburg. 

“We are focused on creating a sustainable future for the tuna industry by maximising and leveraging high-nutrient tuna byproducts. Our pure tuna oil is just our first step in a suite of nutritional innovations from our marine ingredients business,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO at Thai Union.

Thai Union’s marine ingredients arm was set up in 2017 to meet the growing market demand for natural, seafood-derived byproducts beneficial to human nutrition, such as marine omega-3 fatty acids. 

“This is the beginning of our sustainable innovation journey – what is left after we extract the oil, we will focus on utilising all of the nutritional benefits of the tuna, creating highly sustainable and innovative products to benefit human health and nutrition, now and into the future,” added Chansiri.

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