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Benchmark Holdings Acquires TomAlgae

26 February 2015, at 12:00am

BELGIUM - Benchmark Holdings has announced that they have bought the specialist product development company, TomAlgae.

TomAlgae is a pioneer in the development and production of freeze dried microalgae for use as feed for shrimp and fish in aquaculture.

Based in Belgium, the Company produces algae in specially adapted greenhouses to maintain a year-round supply of high value feed for the hatchery stages of production in aquaculture.

TomAlgae will join Benchmark’s Animal Health division. In addition to feed, there are significant opportunities to develop technology exploring the capability of algae as a method of carrying vaccines and health products for aquaculture species.

After the algae is grown, it is freeze dried, packaged and shipped to fish and shrimp farms where it is rehydrated before being used as feed.

Using algae as an administration of vaccines or medicines would be a positive step for fish health and welfare as a totally non-invasive method of treatment.

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