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Coconut Coalition of the AmericasWashington, DC, August 29, 2018 – The Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA), is a DC-based not for profit formed to steward the responsible growth and communications surrounding coconut oil and coconut products. In light of the recent comment made in an aired video in German from Karin Michels, an adjunct epidemiology professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in July in which she singles out coconut oil as ‘poison’, CCA has prepared several talking points. Dr. Michels opinion further fuels confusion about the health implications of consumption of saturated fats, not all of which are created equal.

The Coalition points out:

  • We continue to learn more about the complex role that all fats play in diet and health. Even guidance from ‘experts’ has changed over the years and constituents of diet such as
    nuts which used to be considered unhealthy due to their fat content – with the shift in education about good vs bad fats, public and expert opinion on nuts as a healthy ingredient has shifted.
  • Coconut oil, while being largely made up of saturated fats, contains 63% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Medium-chain fats are metabolized differently from long-chain fats and, in fact, have a number of substantiated beneficial properties.

    MCT’s are processed differently in the body than other long-chain fatty acids. Unlike these other fats, they go straight from the gut to the liver where they are converted into ketones and used as an immediate energy source. Ketones are substances produced when the liver breaks down fat and can be used for energy instead of glucose.

  • Many compare coconut oil to animal fats. Coconut fats and animal fats have very different fatty acid profiles, with animal fats containing cholesterol, while vegetable oils do not. This chart shows a comparison of fatty acid profiles.
  • There is no evidence which directly links coconut oil or MCTs to cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease and obesity (Kaunitz-1970, Prior – 1981, Eyres – 2016)). Furthermore, recent evidence suggests that coconut oil consumption is associated with beneficial health outcomes (Khaw – 2018). Coconut meat is a staple diet item in many countries around the world with no evidence of harmful effect related to consumption.
  • The Coconut Coalition of the Americas will continue to monitor, respond and educate through scientific evidence regarding the benefits of coconut oil and related products. CCA is able to provide subject matter experts to speak about the state of science and the market for coconut oil and other products.

Selected references:
In a recent review of coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors, Eyers and co-workers conceded that: “Observational evidence suggests that consumption of coconut flesh or squeezed coconut in the context of traditional dietary patterns does not lead to adverse cardiovascular outcomes.”
L. Eyres, M.F. Eyres, A. Chisholm, R.C. Brown, Coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in humans, Nutrition Reviews, 2016; 74(4):267–280

Coconut oil improves the lipid profile. A recent study was done involving 94 European caucasian volunteers, with a mean age of 60 years, who were randomised to one of three interventions: virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, or unsalted butter at 50 g daily for 4 weeks. Coconut oil and olive oil gave similar LDL cholesterol profiles which were much lower compared with butter. In addition, coconut oil significantly increased HDL cholesterol compared with butter and olive oil.
K.T. Khaw, S.J. Sharp, L. Finikarides, I. Afzal, M. Lentjes, R. Luben, N. G. Forouhi. Randomised trial of coconut oil, olive oil or butter on blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors in healthy men and women. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020167.

About the CCA:
The Coconut Council of the Americas (CCA) is a not-for-profit (501.c.6) organization dedicated to stewarding the responsible growth of the coconut category. Its membership is comprised of companies across the coconut products value chain including suppliers, processors, brand holders, retailers and service companies with a stake in and dedicated to upholding sound and credible science, responsible communications and sustainable and transparent practices around coconut products including coconut oil. For more information, go to or inquire at [email protected].

August 22, 2018

The US patent authorities have found that patents related to krill and its production held by Aker Biomarine are unpatentable.

This finding by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on August 10th this year, follows petitions from Rimfrost AS, a Norwegian biotechnology company which produces krill oil.

This means that Rimfrost once and for all can settle any confusion created by Aker Biomarine in the US market regarding Rimfrost’s products and ability to deliver.

  • No legal process in the USA concerning its patents has gone in Aker Biomarine’s favour.
  • Rimfrost has experienced a massive sales growth in krill products since 2017. Rimfrost Krill Oil have the markets highest levels of natural occurring Astaxanthin & Omega-3 Phospholipids, and we can deliver our high-quality products for human consumption even in a market with rapidly rising demand.

“The US market is especially important to us, and we are happy that the uncertainty Aker Biomarine has sought to create around our products and ability to deliver is now repudiated,” says Stig Remoy, CEO and principal owner of Rimfrost.

With its head office at Fosnavag in the Sunnmore region of western Norway, Rimfrost is already one of the world’s largest producers of krill products.

Technological revolution

In addition to its current output of krill oil and other products, Rimfrost has made great progress in designing and ordering new krill catchers.

The company holds a licence for krill fishing in the Antarctic and is now in the final stages of negotiating a contract covering an innovative vessel for this fishery. It is also applying for a second licence.

“Global demand from consumers for krill products will be high. This resource also has great potential in the aquaculture sector. Our technology and the ships we’re planning will revolutionise the whole chain from krill-catching, via the production process, to the finished products, and will benefit consumers in the US and elsewhere,” says Remoy.

Aker’s patents

The two patents which the US authorities have now invalidated were used by Aker Biomarine to pursue legal action against Rimfrost in the Delaware court and in the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC case included additional patents, all which Rimfrost contended were invalid and procured through Aker’s inequitable conduct at the US Patent Office. Aker withdrew the ITC case, which concluded in May 2017.

Remoy himself is relieved that disputes in the US now have reached conclusions in Rimfrost’s favour.

“We’ve occasionally felt like a David versus a Goliath,” he admits. “We would rather produce high quality krill products for the benefit of consumers than having costly and time-consuming fights in courts.”

Contact information:
Stig Remoy, CEO of Rimfrost, [email protected], telephone +47 916 19 124

To view a PDF of the press release, click here.

To learn more about RIMFROST, visit:

Courtesy of the Government of Saskatchewan

Bioriginal President, Joe Vidal, talks about Bioriginal’s 25 year history from a small startup in Saskatchewan to becoming a global company with offices, facilities and customers worldwide. Learn how Bioriginal continues to be dedicated to improving people’s health and the wellbeing of farmers, all while helping grow Saskatchewan’s economy. Read more…

Joe Vidal SK Now

Bioriginal is pleased to announce that it has been named a finalist for the Saskatoon Awards for Business Excellence (SABEX) Awards, presented by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Selected from among the very best of Saskatoon’s businesses, Bioriginal has been nominated as a finalist in two categories: Global Exporter and New Product/Service. Winners will be announced at the awards gala in February.

For further information about the SABEX Awards and finalists please visit the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce website.

2018 SABEX Awards Finalist

Didn’t get a chance to visit the Bioriginal booth at this year’s SupplySide West held on September 25-29 in Las Vegas? Luckily, we’ve put together a recap of highlights to ensure that you don’t miss out.

Bioriginal Launches Tea Boosts at the Bioriginal Express Boost Café

Booth visitors were the first to try our newest Tea Boost products created to meet consumer demand for more functional food and beverages. With weight management and energy among the top functions that consumers look for in their supplements1, we decided to brew up our own twist on a traditional beverage that enhances its natural health benefits.

Our weight management Tea Boost helps support healthy weight management inherent in tea.* Our energy Tea Boost provides long-lasting energy without causing you to crash.* As the only functional tea boost supplements on the market, these products will help brands stand out.

In addition to our Tea Boosts, we featured several of our latest and greatest products to give booth visitors a quick charge to their day. Our Bioriginal Express Boost Café was a walk-thru style café where participating attendees ordered their choice of hot or cold drinks and food samples, complete with a choice of one of our supplement boosts. Featured items included:

  • Coconut MCT Powder – an easy-to-use clean label MCT creamer that is maltodextrin-free with the highest oil load on the market (75%)
  • Coconut MCT Energy Boost – a creamy, convenient alternative to MCT oil made with our unique, proprietary LCO 100™ derived from 100% coconut oil
  • Pumpkin Protein – one of our new novel plant-based powders in a tasty Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor that offers 60% protein made from selectively screened, cold-pressed pumpkin seeds
  • Flax Fiber Plus – a great tasting, nutritional whole food supplement providing a quality vegan source of fiber and whole food omega-3s
  • Coconut Mayo – a coconut mayonnaise rich in MCTs that taste great with clean, simple ingredients
  • Superfood Topper – a plant-based source of complete protein packed with whole superfood ingredients such as chia, hemp seeds, roasted flax seeds, Saskatoon berries and cacao nibs

Want to learn more? Send us a quick message.
Lucky Iron Fish

As a thank you for stopping by to sample our products, 5 winners were randomly selected to win a charging kit featuring a power bank and universal charging cable at the show. As a bonus, another 3 lucky booth visitors won major prize packs full of prizes to help keep things charged up including a Lucky Iron Fish to combat iron deficiency in the home and in communities in need with their Buy-One-Give-One Program.

1. (2017). 2017 NBJ Condition Specific Report (p.3). Informa. Retrieved from

Let’s Talk Krill

Before the show, our krill partner RIMFROST released the results of a new study supporting the health benefits of krill-derived ingredients. The study sparked some interesting conversations on Wednesday night when we joined RIMFROST at the annual Let’s Talk Krill booth event.

Have any questions about krill? Send us your questions.

Paperless Proves Popular

As part of our commitment to the environment, we continued our paperless initiative for the 2nd year in a row. Starbucks cards were sent to people who showed their support by agreeing to go paperless. Just one of the ways in which we say thank you.

2018 Trends Coming Soon

SupplySide West featured many new products on display highlighting current and emerging trends in the dietary supplement, functional food and beverage, personal care, and sports nutrition industries. But what are these trends, and do you know what’s driving them? Sign up for our newsletter to be one of the first to discover the top trends for 2018 as Bioriginal dives deep into the trends and what it means for your business.

That’s it for our post-show recap. If you would like more information, let us know and we’ll contact you to find out how we can help.

Thanks to everyone for making this year’s SupplySide West a success! We’ll see you at the next show.

The Bioriginal Team

Fosnavaag, Norway – September 21, 2017

Rimfrost is a Norwegian biotechnology company and a world leading supplier of ingredients derived from Antarctic krill. To increase knowledge about the biological effects and mechanism of actions of proteins and lipids derived from krill, the company has established a long-term collaboration with the University of Bergen in Norway. The most recent outcome of this is the acceptance of a scientific publication in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

The manuscript entitled “Effect of Dietary Components from Antarctic Krill on Atherosclerosis in apoE-Deficient Mice” has been published on-line on the 15th of August in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research*. Apo(e) knock-out mice, a model of dyslipidemia and atherosclerosis, were provided either a control diet or diets enriched with krill oil, krill protein or krill protein and krill oil in combination. The diets that contained krill oil reduced cholesterol levels, inhibited plaque development and prevented liver damage. Krill protein also reduced atherosclerosis, however, though a mechanism not involving cholesterol reduction.

“It was interesting to find that krill protein reduced atherosclerosis by a different mechanism than krill oil. This could be due to the high level of arginine contained naturally in the krill proteins. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and known to improve vascular function in humans” says Professor Rolf Kristian Berge at the University of Bergen, Norway.

“Another explanation could be that proteins which undergoes gastrointestinal digestion have released bioactive peptides. Peptides are also known from the literature to have cardiovascular protective effects.” says Professor Rolf Kristian Berge.

For more information:
Rolf Kristian Berg, Professor, University of Bergen
Phone +4755973098- Email: [email protected]


To view the original press release, click here.

Bioriginal’s pumpkin protein has been nominated for Most Novel Protein Ingredient for the Bridge2Food Protein Awards 2017 with the winner to be announced at the 10th protein summit the 27th of September.

Our pumpkin protein was recognized as a high quality innovative ingredient by an Expert Judging Panel. If you’d like to come in contact with our team on this protein please leave your personal details and questions in our contact form.


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – September 2, 2017

Bioriginal’s AlfaPro® alfalfa protein powder is now Non-GMO Project Verified. Made from 100% young alfalfa plants, AlfaPro® is part of Bioriginal’s line of plant-based proteins useful for maintaining overall health and energy levels.

“Achieving this verification is a great outcome for both our company and our customers,” says Bioriginal President, Joe Vidal. “It reaffirms our commitment to traceability and meets the growing consumer demand for non-GMO products.”

Consumer interest in non-GMO products is leading the way in the clean label movement. Market research company,Packaged Facts, estimates that sales of non-GMO products will reach $330 billion by 2019.1

Non-GMO Project offers independent, third-party verification of GMO avoidance. According to Consumer Reports, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the most trusted non-GMO label among consumers.2

AlfaPro® is sourced from young alfalfa plants free of pesticides and fertilizers using a cold-juice press process. AlfaPro® is a highly digestible protein source providing more than 50% protein, with a Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of 0.986 that’s rare among plant proteins. It also supplies additional vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help with weight management, and boosting the immune system.

In addition to being Non-GMO Project Verified, AlfaPro® is also GRAS, Kosher certified, and Halal certified. Learn more at

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About Bioriginal
Bioriginal is a global leader in delivering complete nutritional solutions to the food and nutraceutical industries. Bioriginal is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada with facilities throughout the USA and Europe. Bioriginal is the Human Nutrition Division of Omega Protein Corporation.

Jenelyn Ong
Bioriginal, Marketing Communications Manager
[email protected]

  1. “Manufacturers responding to non-G.M.O. trend.” Food Business News, 23 February 2016, Web
  2. “Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center Report on GMOs in Corn and Soy.” (n.d.): n. pag. Oct 2014.

*Please contact Bioriginal’s business development team for detailed information on specifications.

Our business offices:

102 Melville Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada S7J 0R1

Telephone: (306) 975-1166
Facsimile: (306) 242-3829
E-mail: [email protected]

1851 Kaiser Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614

Telephone: (949) 622-9030
Facsimile: (949) 622-9033
E-mail: [email protected]

Bosland 40
3258 AC Den Bommel
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)187 618 020
Fax: +31 (0)187 618 040
E-mail: [email protected]

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Bioriginal’s AlfaPro® Alfalfa Protein Powder Earns Verification by Non-GMO Project

Bioriginal is back at SupplySide West on September 27-28, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stop by our booth #KK121 to learn about the latest, innovative products and formula solutions for your needs. Have some specific questions? Contact us to book a one-on-one meeting to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

Don’t forget to join us on Wednesday, September 27 for our annual evening event co-hosted with RIMFROST!

For more details, click here.

Fosnavaag, Norway – August 22, 201

Rimfrost AS, a Norwegian biotechnology company which supplies its RIMFROST Sublime krill oil to the world’s food supplement markets, announced today that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued four (4) decisions finding that a reasonable likelihood exists that every claim of two (2) patents owned to Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS are unpatentable.

“We are gratified that the U.S. Patent Office has instituted Inter Partes Review proceedings of the Aker patents,” says Rimfrost owner Stig Remøy. “It confirms Rimfrost’s longstanding belief that the Aker patents are not valid and should have never been issued in the first place.

The two (2) patents were asserted against Rimfrost by Aker in a lawsuit brought in the District Court of Delaware and in an action before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Aker withdrew its complaint in the ITC and that proceeding was dismissed in May 2017.

In both proceedings, Aker maintained that Rimfrost’s process for extracting oil from krill and the resulting RIMFROST krill oil infringed various Aker patents. In response to Aker’s allegations, Rimfrost asserted that the Aker patents are not valid, and also filed four (4) petitions with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board asking the Patent Office to initiate proceedings to invalidate the two (2) Aker patents.

On August 16th, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed with Rimfrost, and issued four (4) separate decisions ruling that Rimfrost had established a “reasonable likelihood” that each of the thirty-nine (39) claims recited in both challenged Aker patents “are unpatentable.”

Remøy emphasizes that “the arguments presented by Rimfrost, and agreed with by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, are not the only reasons the Aker patents are invalid and unenforceable. Rimfrost intends to vigorously pursue other challenges to the validity and enforceability of the Aker patents in the appropriate U.S. Courts and the U.S. Patent Office.”

Counsel for Rimfrost also points out that as a result of the U.S. Patent Office instituting the Inter Partes Review proceedings in the Patent Office, Aker must now establish patentability before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board without the statutory presumption of validity provided by the U.S. Patent Statute. Moreover, the Federal District Court can be made aware that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board initially believes a reasonable likelihood exists that every claim of the challenged Aker patents is not patentable.

For additional information, please contact:
Stig Remøy, Owner
+47 916 19 124

To view the original press release, click here.