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Spirulina is the Primary Source of Clean-label Blues and Greens for the Food Industry

25 June 2018

Tarrytown / United States – Elena Leeb (GNT) is one of four panelists participating in a featured IFT symposium focused on the future usage and cultivation of spirulina (Arthrospira platensis). During her presentation, Elena will provide insight into the quality and functionality of spirulina as a natural color solution. Spirulina, commonly known as blue-green algae, is a photosynthetic bacteria valued for its rich nutritional profile and natural coloring properties, and it is one of two species of microalgae that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Food manufacturers are incorporating spirulina into a variety of applications from confections and baked goods to decorative sugars and coatings.

The symposium will address additional spirulina-related topics including cultivation, processing, optimization, and application. Each panelist will give a 15-minute presentation which will be followed by a five minute Q&A session. Dr. Kai Reineke, IFT Member at Large — International Division, is moderating the symposium.

The topics and speakers are as follows:

  • Lukas Böcker – ETH Zürich: Cultivation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) in a photobioreactor and downstream processing for gentle protein recovery.
  • Elena Leeb – GNT: Designing for Performance: Natural Coloring Solutions from Spirulina
  • Dr. Sergiy Smetana – DIL.eV: Environmental price of high-value proteins: LCA of Spirulina production and processing
  • Prof. Avigad Vonshak — Director of J. Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Israel: Mass culturing of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis): Challenges, Achievements and Prospects

Discussion Date & Time

Monday, July 16, 2018

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

McMcormick Place – S402AB


Michael Serrur

Food Writer