Commitment to Traceability
We believe healthy, sustainable ingredients are essential to good health and nutrition, and sourcing quality ingredients is just the responsible thing to do. Throughout our production processes, we monitor and control every step to ensure product integrity, consistent quality, and complete traceability.
We harvest menhaden with our own fleet of refrigerated vessels in the federally regulated U.S. waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Omega Protein employs spotter pilots to help navigate Boat Captains to large schools of menhaden to conserve energy.
We harvest menhaden with our own fleet of refrigerated vessels in the federally regulated U.S. waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Smaller purse boats are deployed from the Company’s fishing vessels, carefully surround the schools of menhaden, and transfer the fish to the refrigerated fish holds aboard the vessel.
The fresh, chilled fish are transported whole to our processing centers where they are immediately prepared for the production process. Menhaden are cooked and pressed with the omega-3 rich oil sent through the centrifuge process and the solids sent to dryers to produce protein-rich fish meal.
Refining and Molecular Distillation
Omega Protein produces several grades of omega-3 rich menhaden oil. Virginia Prime Gold™, a highly refined animal nutritional ingredient, undergoes an extensive refining process to reduce free fatty acids, color and oxidative precursors. For specialty applications, we offer food-grade refined oil. This oil is purified through a combination of refining, deodorization and molecular distillation to eliminate as many contaminants as technologically possible. Molecular distillation and concentration also produces higher omega-3 concentrates for dietary supplements.
Quality Check Points
Each production lot of fish meal and oil passes a sophisticated system of quality check points assuring the safety and integrity of every product we make
Product is manufactured to adhere to strict standards which optimize quality for year round distribution.
Our distribution network is aligned to provide multiple shipment options ranging from short distances to global distribution. Shipment quantity is highly flexible with options ranging from small parcels, rail cars, full truck loads, or bulk vessels.