What makes a sustainable supply chain? At Biomega, we are committed to working towards greater transparency in the seafood industry. It’s why we strive to be a part of projects that promote environmental conservation and respect all marine life. In addition, our efficient traceability system, which tracks all raw materials from sustainably certified salmon farms through to our manufacturing facility and our products, is key to our circular process.
Why businesses should support a sustainable supply chain
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 34% of the world’s fish stocks are overfished and, in fisheries and aquaculture, around 35% of the global harvest is either lost or wasted every year 1 . However, this information has not been lost on consumers. A survey undertaken on behalf of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) reported that 58% of US seafood consumers agreed that consuming fish and shellfish from sustainable sources is one of the ways we can protect our oceans 2 . Moreover, nearly half of US consumers were willing to pay more for seafood that was from a certified sustainable fishery 2 .
It’s not just in the US that consumers are concerned about sustainability either. A recent YouGov poll reported that 60% of grocery shoppers in Germany were also willing to pay more for products that were better for the environment, with more than half in the UK (57%) and Australia (53%) also following suit 3 . With many consumers now making their purchasing decisions based on a company’s environmental credibility, businesses that delay taking sufficient action to build a sustainable supply chain risk being left behind.
A Friend of the Sea
For businesses that are looking to partner with a supplier or manufacturer that not only follows a sustainable supply chain, but also uses a circular approach to turn food grade rest stream into high-value, nutritional products, Biomega can help.
Since 2015, our production processes have been certified by Friend of the Sea – a project of the World Sustainability Organization whose mission is to promote environmental conservation. This means our process and product range is subject to annual audits, which are carried out onsite by independent certification bodies, and are required to meet stringent environmental sustainability and social accountability criteria. To retain Friend of the Sea certification, companies must have an efficient traceability system to ensure that the origin of products are accurately identified and audited, demonstrating that the Chain of Custody standard is met. Regarding the quality of products, processors must clearly demonstrate a coherent management system, where GMOs are entirely prohibited, and the source of the raw materials are obtained from certified sustainable suppliers.
Why work with Biomega?
At Biomega, our raw materials are sourced entirely from suppliers that either bear or are working towards the ASC, Global GAP and BRC certified approval status. For example, ASC-certified salmon farms are audited against 152 criteria to ensure they operate at the highest levels of environmental and social performance. For brands and retailers, this means you can rest assured that our product range has been produced responsibly and is continuously assessed from its farmed source to food supplement.
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For more information on how our products can be integrated into your food portfolio or to discover more about our sustainable approach, contact our sales team today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The state of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2020.
- MSCand Globescan, Concern for the oceans drives consumers to ‘vote with their forks’ for sustainable seafood, June 2020. Survey was conducted with 20,000 people across 23 countries.
- YouGov Poll, Global: Consumer willingness to pay for environmentally friendly products, April 2021.