As the global demand for protein increases and the amount of sustainable protein sources decreases, seafood will play an important role in feeding future populations. Our seafood ingredients, as flavor providers, are an excellent source of essential amino acids and fatty acids and provide numerous health benefits. Natural, sustainable, fresh, and authentic, our seafood business is a true differentiator for Firmenich.
Conveniently located on the west coast of Norway, the Firmenich Seafood Expertise Center in Ålesund is the center of our seafood expertise. With direct access to fish from the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea, the facility uses seafood raw materials to produce natural extracts, hydrolysate and concentrated oils, liquids, pastes and powder flavors.
Each year, Firmenich processes 10,000 tons of seafood raw materials, largely by-product from the seafood industry. Through sophisticated biotechnological processes, we convert the by-product, which was previously disposed of in the sea, to create seafood extracts and flavors such as codfish, shrimp, lobster, crab, squid and other popular seafood tonalities. Our customers use the flavors in soup, stocks, sauces and ready-to-eat meals.
The Firmenich Seafood Expertise Center was founded and built in 1945, first producing dried and salted codfish. In the mid-1980s we decided to focus activity on seafood extract production, and in doing so, we became a global leader in the seafood ingredients market.
We have established long and strong relationships with our raw material suppliers and work closely with fishing vessels and fishermen to secure the highest quality materials. By working with suppliers to utilize more species and by-products, we are also helping to pave the way for new sustainable ingredients within the food industry.
Firmenich offers flavors that have received certification by the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Chain of Custody standard. This Certification verifies that the labeled product originates from fisheries that meet the MSC standards for well-managed and sustainable fisheries. This means that the origin fishery operates in manner that keeps fish stocks, other marine life and eco systems healthy. It also indicates that the origin fishery has made efforts to minimize its environmental impact, abides by all local, national and international laws, and operates under the guidance of accepted scientific findings to ensure sustainable use of the marine resources.
To learn more about the Marine Stewardship Council, visit www.msc.com
Firmenich's vision is to remain an industry leader in sustainability, creating and capturing value for our customers and their consumers worldwide. We will continue to:
- Create products that make a difference
- Contribute to our customers’ sustainability strategies
- Understand consumer needs in emerging economies
- Anticipate global environmental trends