Aker BioMarine Takes Home Sustainability Award at Vitafoods

May 24, 2011

The award recognizes the company’s “leadership and innovation in responsible sourcing, supply-chain efficiency, carbon reduction, and cultural awareness,” the firm says.

Vitafoods Europe and Nutraceutical Business and Technology (NBT) magazine presented their first-ever NBT awards to eight nutritional companies during the trade show, which took place May 10-12 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Aker BioMarine (Oslo, Norway) received the award for sustainability. The award recognizes the company’s “leadership and innovation in responsible sourcing, supply-chain efficiency, carbon reduction, and cultural awareness,” the firm says.

The company says that the head of the awards judging panel and editor of NBT stated during the awards presentation: “In what was probably the most closely contested category in the competition this year, Aker BioMarine claims to have sustainability in its DNA; it has focused on the environmental issues since its inception and invests heavily in relevant certification and traceability. Its effort to go beyond the norm to achieve best practices in harvesting, processing, and production have netted the company tonight’s environmental excellence award.”

“Sustainable harvesting of krill in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica is the core principle of Aker BioMarine’s efforts; it would be impossible for us to approach it in any other manner,” said Matts Johansen, the company’s executive vice president, in a press statement. “Indeed, Aker BioMarine is the only krill supplier to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, and now our customers can use the MSC eco-label on their Superba Krill products, ensuring consumers of sustainable sourcing.”