Ocean Nutrition Canada case study
Comprehensive R&D and process scale-up support
Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. (ONC) is the world’s largest supplier of Omega-3 EPA/DHA ingredients to the dietary supplement and food manufacturing markets. ONC began working with POS Bio-Sciences (POS) in 2006 to enhance the quality characteristics of ONC’s marine oil products. Recent projects have focused on enhancing stability and sensory traits by increasing the oxidative stability in ONC’s finished products. This work has enhanced taste and increased shelf-life stability by up to as much as 24 months.
Dr. Jaroslav Kralovec, Director of Research at ONC says, “We appreciated that POS is an R&D institution that is well-known and respected by companies in Canada, the US and throughout the world. My personal experience with POS goes back many years, and I have found them to be responsive to our needs. When you give them a job, you can be confident that it will be done well.”
ONC was established in 1997 and has grown to be a leading solutions provider headquartered in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Canadian company has the largest privately-owned marine research and development centre in North America. ONC’s major shareholder is Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated (owner of the world’s largest integrated shellfish harvester and processor).
ONC’s MEG-3 branded ingredients offer high quality, odour-free, tasteless Omega- 3 EPA/DHA from fish oil. By using clean, reliable, sustainable resources, ONC provides customers with a competitive edge in the rapidly growing Omega-3 market and the best source of Omega-3 EPA/DHA. ONC customers also enjoy specialized services from critical technical and regulatory support to innovative R&D and global marketing support.
ONC has delivered more than one hundred billion servings of its MEG-3 branded Omega- 3 EPA/DHA ingredients globally.
ONC is committed to delivering industryleading high quality standards for sourcing, manufacturing, and delivery of its products. It is also committed to supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. By maintaining a close focus on these issues, ONC helps clients to create a sustainable competitive advantage and achieve greater market success.
Omega-3 is one of the most scientifically researched dietary supplements in the world. The subject of more than 20,000 scientific studies over the past 35 years, Omega-3 has achieved high consumer awareness and trust.
ONC was attracted to POS Bio-Sciences because of POS’s unique and widely acknowledged capabilities. Dr. Kralovec notes that POS is well recognized within the wellness industry.
ONC has contracted with POS since 2006 to support internal continuous improvement programs. The focus of POS’s research continues to be improvements to the taste and stability of ONC’s products.
“The aspects of POS that create the most value for us include the personal interactions with POS staff, their motivation to succeed for the customer and their interest in producing good products,” says Dr. Kralovec.