WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—GC Rieber Oils AS upgraded its line of omega-3 concentrates to include improvements to ingredient quality, potency and purity; extended shelf life; and in-demand quality/sustainability certifications.
GC Rieber Oils' newly opened manufacturing facility in Kristiansund, Norway, has tripled its omega-3 production. The company has introduced new processing equipment and innovative techniques for optimized ingredient refinement, such as distillation and deodorization. These quality improvements have enabled GC Rieber to reduce the maximum TOTOX (total oxidation value) level of its fish oils to 12. GOED's (the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3) voluntary monograph for TOTOX levels is 26 maximum.
While GC Rieber's omega-3 concentrates have always contained fewer environmental contaminants (PCBs, dioxins, peroxides, and heavy metals) than allowed by international standards and guidelines, the new production process has reduced trace contaminants to industry minimums, and in some cases, to non-detectable levels. In addition, the shelf life for all GC Rieber Oils omega-3 concentrates has increased to three years.
"Our specifications have undergone a strict tightening regime," said Jan Roger Bjerkestrand, managing director of GC Rieber Oils. "GC Rieber's high-potency omega-3 concentrates now have some of the fish oil industry's lowest oxidation-content and environmental-toxin levels, consistently exceeding industry standards for quality and purity."
GC Rieber Oils' factory upgrades have facilitated both ingredient improvements and line extensions. At SupplySide West, October 8 and 9 (booth 19122), the company is introducing a higher potency version of its leading ingredient, 70 DHA Ultra. This 90-percent omega-3 fish oil will now provide a minimum docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) level of 700 mg/g and at least 850 mg/g of total omega-3s, providing one of the industry's highest concentrations of DHA. Previously provided only in the natural triglyceride (TG) form, 70 DHA Ultra will now also be available in the popular ethyl ester (EE) form. In addition, GC Rieber Oils is unveiling VivoMega 4030, a balanced DHA:eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) concentrate with a minimum of 700 mg/g total omega-3s in both TG and EE forms.
As a leadership member of GOED, GC Rieber Oils has continued its commitment to preserving marine habitats, securing certifications from Friend of the Sea (FOS) and IFFO RS (IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply), two of the industry's most respected and rigorous agencies governing sustainable fishery. In addition, all GC Rieber omega-3 concentrates are now halal-certified.
Last year, GC Rieber Oils named Novel Ingredient Services its exclusive distributor in the United States.