Pharma MarineTM is proud to introduce you to a company built on innovation, tradition, sustainability and transparency. “Don’t harvest more than you need – and utilize all you harvest”. This is the mantra that Lauritz Gjendemsjø taught his son Leif Kjetil, and that is the base of the Pharma Marine philosophy. We are located on the north-west coast of Norway – close to the rich fisheries in the Norwegian Sea – in the Ålesund region well-known for its innovative pioneers.
In mid-1960s Lauritz and his brother revolutionized purse seine fisheries with an invention stabilizing fishing boats- the thrusters. This propeller system both made the job less dangerous for the fishermen and more efficient as more fish were safely launched onboard. Later on he developed cooled storage facilities as well as installing fish sorting systems on board the boat to increase the quality and value of the fish. The concept of preserving and pre-fabricate fish products was further utilized and developed. Leif Kjetil has also been a pioneer producing two piece hard gelatin fish oil capsules for the food supplement market and he was one of the first to introduce omega-3 concentrates to the world market. Newer inventions consist of optimized production procedures for increased quality and capacity which is important for present product development and production flexibility. This has led to the developing of eco-friendly and sustainable omega-3 concentrates from trimmings from food production of seafood.
Our main business today is high quality omega-3 products based on sustainable marine ingredients. Pharma Marine’s newly developed technology and proprietary in-house enzymatic processes, including purification and distillation allows us to use marine by-products with valuable nutrient and lipid content. We are now able to provide finish liquid products bottled in-house on a new state-of-the-art bottling line in addition to our traditional bulk business.
Pharma Marine’s first product was CalaMarine®, a product based on trimmings from food production of squid. This was the first omega-3 concentrate product on the market made from squid. Our unique cooperation with the fishing vessels in the CodMarine® Fleet has led to another innovative product in our product range; CodMarine®. This is a product made from trimmings from food production of MSC certified wild-caught North East Arctic Cod, Saithe and Haddock. CodMarine® was the first MSC certified omega-3 concentrate from Norwegian raw materials. The last addition to Pharma Marine’s product range is GourmetMarineTM which is a range of products where we use one of our omega-3 oils mixed with various healthy vegetable oils. The GourmetMarineTM product range is the result of thorough market analysis and the desire to make omega-3 available for everyone.
At Pharma MarineTM we are constantly working to find new and improved technologies and processes to produce high quality omega-3 in different forms such as triglycerides, natural triglyceride concentrates, re-esterified triglycerides, ethyl-esters and free fatty acids from sustainable raw material. In the design of our processes and equipment we aim to have the gentlest treatment of the oil. We always do our outmost to make sure we deliver great tasting quality products. Pharma Marine is probably the only company that has the possibility to make omega-3 products from fresh or frozen raw material, ultra-refine it and filled it in liquid bottles, all under the same roof.
Pharma Marine’s factory is built to be an eco-friendly factory also able to use rest fractions to produce steam used in production and rest heat from production to warm up the building. In addition to this we also use sea water collected right outside the factory for cooling in processes where that is needed. We have a state-of-the-art control system for optimal adjusting of production parameters to reduce the use of energy.
The team at Pharma Marine consists of experienced and well educated people. We have our own R&D department with pilot equipment and analytical instruments. We also have a sophisticated quality control lab with the latest technologies. We continuously work with optimization of processes and product development.
Pharma MarineTM thrives to deliver our customers high quality products. To us that mean a product that is from sustainable raw material, produced in an environmentally friendly way with advanced technology and optimal processes, quality tested through the various processes and that gives us pure products with good sensory profile.
We define our self to be in the quality of life industry. That may sound ambitious, but we truly believe our products will generally help people get a better health and quality of life.