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September 2013 – Den Bommel, The Netherlands

Bioriginal Europe/Asia, earlier this month, celebrated the company’s 20th anniversary and the official opening of its new building expansion, with a party/ceremony for staff and their families at the company’s location in Den Bommel.

Bioriginal celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday and opened its new extension of the property in Den Bommel. The new building expansion was officially opened by Ko Mast, Johan Kamphuis and Joe Vidal (CEO of Bioriginal) together with the youngest Bioriginal kids.

Bioriginal Expansion Opening

Link to article published by the Netherlands newspaper Ons Eiland Goeree-Overflakkee.

Bioriginal is pleased to announce that it has been named a finalist for the Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards, put on by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Selected from among the very best of Saskatchewan’s businesses, Bioriginal has been nominated as a finalist in two categories: Innovation and Export. The awards have gained prominence as the most highly esteemed symbols of business excellence in the province. The ABEX awards will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

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Saskatoon, Canada – September 11, 2013

Bioriginal, the global Omega Solution company, celebrated it’s 20th year of omega innovation on Saturday September 7th with a party for their staff and families, Board of Directors and prominent officials, including Mayor Don Atchison and Minister Don Morgan.

“Twenty years marks a significant milestone for Bioriginal. We began as a small business working solely with local growers, and have since grown to a global company working with partners and suppliers from around the world. We are honored to be able to celebrate and share this occasion with so many of the key people from Saskatchewan and abroad who have helped make Bioriginal the success that it is today” said Joe Vidal, CEO of Bioriginal.

Bioriginal was founded in 1993 in Saskatchewan, Canada and worked directly with growers in the region to produce the company’s first omega ingredient, borage oil. During the years following, Bioriginal expanded, adding new ingredients to their portfolio, entering into new channels and international markets and globally integrating across the supply chain. In 2000, Bioriginal set up their European office in the Netherlands and today Bioriginal has offices and facilities in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.

Over the last 20 years, Bioriginal has established itself as a pioneer in the industry, developing proprietary methods and innovative science-based omega solutions with both plant and marine-based omegas. Their secure vertically integrated supply chain is the base for their unique business approach, which combines their scientific, market and industry expertise to anticipate and create market-driven omega products.

“Our industry has evolved and developed significantly over the past 20 years, and there has been substantial global growth and competition. Throughout these changes, we have always remained focused on our primary reason for being in business – contributing to the health and wellbeing of others. This purpose drives everything we do and a big part of what I think makes Bioriginal so unique and positioned for long-term success. We’ve been through our share of ups and downs, but we are in a phase of positive growth and expansion, and I’m excited to be leading this company as we begin our next 20 years of making people’s lives healthier.” said Joe Vidal.

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Bioriginal is a global leader in delivering complete omega solutions to the Food and Nutraceutical industries. With over 20 years of global expertise in plant and marine-based omegas, Bioriginal has carved out a niche by scientifically combining ingredients from all over the world, directly from the source, to create unique and efficacious solutions. Bioriginal has developed proprietary methods and systems to provide customized turnkey solutions for our customers that help them compete and win in a highly competitive space. Bioriginal is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada, with facilities in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information, please visit

Bioriginal – For additional information, please contact:

Kelly Shone
Marketing Director
Bioriginal North America
Phone: 1-306-975-1166
Email: [email protected]

Marianne Warnaer
Marketing & Key Account Manager
Bioriginal Europe/Asia
Mobile: +31 6 13555162
Email: [email protected]

There are several sources of omegas on the market, but which is best? In a special online debate, WholeFoods Magazine reached out to several industry experts to hear their take on the matter. Dr. Rakesh Kapoor, Director of Science and Technology at Bioriginal, provided his opinion to this debate, offering insights in to how each omega offers unique benefits and why no single fatty acid reigns supreme.

To read the full omega debate, please click here.

August 9, 2013 – RIMFROST

One of the things you hear most often about the Antarctic krill is that it is one of the most abundant animal species there is. While this is true, counting krill is a tricky task indeed with the total amount of Antarctic krill estimated to be between 117 million to 379 million tons. But more research is needed for estimating the number of krill more accurately and understanding more about their characteristics and role in the ecosystem.

To read more, please click here.

July 18, 2013 – RIMFROST

There are many areas of research related to Antarctic krill. One that has a very global reach is climate change and the effects it has on the Antarctic ecosystem. RIMFROST cooperates with scientists to help them provide more understanding and insight into this complex issue.

To read more, please click here.

July 12, 2013 –

A raft of industry and academic experts have slammed the publication of a recent study claiming to ‘confirm’ a link between long-chain omega-3s and an increased risk of prostate cancer – arguing that the authors conclusions are overblown and have caused widespread scaremongering.

While at Vitafoods Europe, Martin Hoek, Business Development Manager at Bioriginal Europe, provided insight into Bioriginal’s partnership with Olympic Seafood AS, the krill market and its developments, as well as the importance of social responsibility in the krill business.

See the video below for the full interview.

June 17, 2013 – Joelle Thompson, Saskatoon Express

Talking to Dave Grainger is like sitting in the front row of a performance. His voice crescendos when he gets excited, he shifts around with unbridled energy and he often uses his hands to emphasize a point.

That is why it’s hard to believe that Grainger has just come off a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week treatment of chemotherapy. But Grainger, who was diagnosed with leukemia in April, has a story to tell and cancer be damned, he’s going to tell it.

“Giving blood could very well have saved my life,” said Grainger, sitting comfortably on his couch at home during his recovery week. “I was going in to give my 166th consecutive pint of blood, and for the first time in my life since I was 20 years old, I got rejected.”

Rewind to 1975. Grainger, then 20, was a naval officer in Victoria, B.C., and was just issued a bet to go down to the local blood clinic and donate a pint. He, as well as another half-dozen officers, accepted the challenge.

“I remember we were standing in line, getting ready to do our screening and we had one great, big athletic guy and he just started turning white at the thought of having to be stuck with a needle,” Grainger said with a chuckle. “It was funny. Anyhow, we all gave blood that evening and it worked well for me and I thought, ‘Hey, I’m going to do this.’ ”

Grainger stuck to his word – and how! From Victoria to Peterborough to Regina to Winnipeg and finally Saskatoon, Grainger would wait his required number of days and go back to the clinic to donate another pint. He joined the seven per cent of the population in Saskatchewan that regularly donates, which is three per cent above the average in Canada. He remembers when 100 pints was his goal, though he’s far beyond that number now.

What Grainger never expected was that his lifelong giving would lead to his diagnosis of leukemia. In for a routine donation on March 16, Grainger was rejected as a donor because his iron counts were low. A nurse at the Canadian Blood Service recommended he go see a doctor.

“I was thinking there must be something wrong with their screening test. I’ve never been turned down. I was a little bit offended,” said Grainger with a laugh. “So I ended up getting a blood test and the next week my family doctor called and said, ‘I need you to come in and see me.’ When I came in, he said all my blood counts were half of normal. We did more tests; the results were all the same.”

Weeks later, Grainger had his bone marrow biopsy, which determined that he had an aggressive case of pre-leukemia. Grainger went straight into an intense round of week-long chemotherapy. It took three weeks in hospital for him to recover.

Moira Kohlenberg, community development coordinator with Canadian Blood Services, said this is the first time she’s heard of anything like this in the Saskatoon clinic.
“We don’t want people to think we’re in the business of diagnosing anything, but that was helpful to him,” said Kohlenberg. “In David’s case, he took the advice that Health Canada says to go to the doctor and he was diagnosed.”

Grainger was not experiencing any physical symptoms at the time he was rejected as a blood donor.

“Early detection is vital in any kind of a cancer diagnosis. So my family doctor said, ‘You got a lucky break. You got to thank the blood service for what they did. They got things started.’ ”

But Grainger doesn’t just want to say thank you. He wants to do something for the Canadian Blood Service clinic in Saskatoon.

“I remember I was hooked up to a bag of platelets and a bag of blood. I got out of bed and I looked at the tag of each bag to see when they were collected,” said Grainger. “I got thinking some Joe Schmo just like me went in on their Saturday morning to give their donation. They spent the hour, gave their pint, had the snack afterward and went on home, never thinking about where it would go or who it would impact.

“I’ll tell you, tears welled up in my eyes . . . that was me for 38 years on the other end, just giving. And here I am now receiving. Before this is done, it’s common for bone-marrow transplant patients to require 50-60 pints of blood. That’s a third of what I’ve given since that day in 1975.”

Grainger’s goal is to replace himself as a donor. Now that the Canadian Blood Service has lost a loyal donor, Grainger wants to find someone who will be as committed as passionate about the process as he was, and he’s starting a campaign in Saskatoon to do just that.

“We have about 400 donors a week come through our doors,” said Kohlenberg. “To meet our supply of blood needed for the hospital, we’d like to see about 500 people a week. We’re always looking for more. This summer alone in Saskatoon, and really the entire North, we need about 800 new donors to come through our doors to meet that demand. Summer can be tough because of motor collisions and regular donors going on holidays and deviating from their normal routine.”

Grainger wants to do his part.

“I’ll never be able to donate again. Once you have cancer, that’s it,” said Grainger. “I thought, ‘Let’s see how many people that know me would go in and give at least one pint of blood in my name. And out of that, maybe some people will become regular donors.’ The company I work for (Bioriginal) said this was a great idea and were generous enough to sponsor the campaign and offer an incentive for these new donors.”

The incentive is an iPad 2. Those eligible are new donors or those who have given blood before, but not in the last few years. Donors can book an appointment with the Canadian Blood Service clinic located at 325 20th Street East, and tell the nurse they are giving their pint of blood in honour of Grainger. There is a catch. By the end of August, they must donate a second pint of blood to be entered in the draw.

“I want to drive new donors,” said Grainger. “Boy, if I could get a couple of hundred new donors going in there this summer, and out of that maybe a dozen people say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be as committed as he was.’ If I could replace myself that many times, mission accomplished.

“It’s good for you, it’s healthy. Every time you donate, they record your blood pressure and your pulse, so you have a record of your health history. On top of that, just last November Health Canada instituted a new policy that if you were rejected you had to go talk to the nurse and they can forward you to your doctor. It’s an extra screening process, one that saved my life and perhaps could save others’ too.

“It saves lives, simple as that,” added Kohlenberg. “You can’t manufacture blood; you can’t buy it at a drug store. So we rely on other people’s generosity with their time. And you never know when you might need it yourself, as in David’s case. If you’ve never donated, this is the time to come forward. David is an example of what is going on in hospitals. Every minute, every day someone needs blood in Canada. That is a statistic.”

Join Grainger’s campaign on Facebook under the event Saskatoon Summer Blood Drive 2013. To keep updated on his progress, visit

Those who would like to book a time to donate blood can make an appointment at or call 1-888-2-DONATE (366283). Inquiries about blood donation can also be made at that number, 24 hours a day. The draw for the iPad 2 will be at Bioriginal’s 20th anniversary event on Sept. 7.

June 11, 2013

Last week Bioriginal entered a team and participated in the “Riderville North” Flag Football Cup Challenge in Saskatoon.  The event took place as part of celebrations leading up to the 101st Grey Cup in Regina this November with all proceeds donated to Saskatoon Minor Football to assist in efforts to improve the football field and amenities at Gordie Howe Park in Saskatoon.

Throughout the week games were held during the lunch hour, with the tournament finals concluding at Griffiths Stadium on Friday evening.  While team Bioriginal didn’t take home the trophy, it was a fantastic week of flag football, getting to know people from other local businesses, and a lot of fun.

Bioriginal would like to congratulate team Potash Corp. #1 for winning the event and becoming the first ever Challenge Cup champions!

Click here to view a slideshow of the event.