Omega-3 Thematic Micro-Community

The global fats and oils market is forecasted to grow by 5.2% over the period of 2018 to 2023
. Polyunsaturated fats, which includes omega-3s, remain a key driver of the sector. Although health-conscious consumers recognise the value of omega-3s and their role in improving overall health, 96% of the global population is estimated to consume insufficient levels of omega-3s.

With a variety of marine and emerging plant-based sources, omega-3 remains a leading category within the nutraceuticals industry. There’s more growth and opportunity to come from this established market for businesses looking to introduce further innovation and variety to the space, especially as consumers actively seek out marine alternatives.

While fish oil has long been the conventional source of omega-3, overarching demand for sustainable and plant-based sources has motivated innovation in ingredients and manufacturing practices.

Omega-3 may be a legacy category—but as consumers continue to push back on supplement, food and beverage brands, brands able to meet demand for sustainable sourcing, new ingredients, quality-controlled manufacturing and innovative product development will ultimately win market share and competition for saturated shelf-space.

The Omega-3 Thematic Micro-Community brought together leading industry figures, connected key players, and informed attendees on best practices, current trends, key opportunities, and challenges within the market.

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Omega-3 Community Programme

Certified fish sources – a conversation about hygiene

Tuesday 8th September

Learn about the development in certified fish and awareness of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) among fish oil consumers. Understand companies can profit from MSC and help save our seas.


  • Today 34% of commercial fish stocks are overfished and the oceans are threatened. Fisheries sourcing for supplements often target species far down the food chain. 
  • Supplement companies have a responsibility to ensure fish oil is sources from sustainable fisheries.
  • Learn about the MSC global certification scheme, appreciated by companies and consumers alike as awareness of the label and of the need to protect our oceans grows.

Speaker: Ellen Bruno, Senior Commercial Manager Nordics, Marine Stewardship Council

Plant derived Omega-3s - a supply chain meeting consumer preference

Tuesday 10th September
Time TBC

The majority of human consuming diets considered chronically deficient or imbalanced in omega-3. Despite compelling science, why is there such low acceptance?


  • Regenerative omega-3s, their production, impact on the environment and alignment with consumer preferences and current trends.
  • Supply chain considerations for plant derived omega-3s – from soil to oil.
  • A new plant-derived multi-omega source that is clean, green and offers a completely balanced opportunity for formulators, brands and consumers.
  • How a fully integrated and managed supply chain with regenerative production processes meets all current consumer concerns and might be key to unlocking the paradox between omega-3 market potential and demand.

Speaker: Andrew Hebard, Founder & CEO, Natures Crops International

Sponsored Sessions

Targeted Nutrition: DHA and Carotenoids for cognitive health

This webinar, presented by Professor John Nolan, features a summary of the published CARES study, using Epax® Omega-3 oil as study medication, and insights on clinical research about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids in maintaining visual and cognitive health as we age.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Gain unique insights about one of nutrition's power-couples; DHA and carotenoids
  • Learn about the newly published 'The Cognitive impAiRmEnt Study (CARES), directly from one of the co-authors
  • Receive valuable input for developing potent healthy aging supplements

Speaker: John Nolan, Professor, Nutrition Research Centre Ireland on behalf of EPAX Norway

Omega 3, health and super foods

The essential role played by omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the organism is widely documented. In this webinar, the benefit of two microalgae and oil derived from Inca inchi will be presented.

When you attend this webinar, you will:

  • hear experts talk about the interest of novel source of omega 3 in nutrition
  • have a focus on the interest of omega 3 for health

Speaker: Pr Edith Filaire, Scientific Director, Greentech

Fermentation & Green Extraction: The Future of Sustainable, Ethically Priced Ingredients

Non-GMO fermentation: The future of sustainable, ethically priced ingredients–Algal EPA, CoQ10 & other launches in our pipeline

Speaker: Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, President - Nutrition and Biosciences, Camlin Fine Sciences

Hosted in collaboration with GOED (The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s), the innovation tour podcast covered a macro view of the omega-3 category, identifying key consumer trends and behaviour, and what omega-3 brands can do to drive category growth through product development innovation.

Designed to give visitors exclusive business intelligence, the Vitafoods Insights report was developed with input from leading industry figures. The report consolidated key information, including category specific challenges, insights, and predictions for the future of the market.