The purpose of this agreement is to reach all famers across Spain and Portugal, in order to offer to them the range of innovative and sustainable biostimulants AgriAlgae®.
AlgaEnergy, the biotechnology-based company of reference specialized in the field of microalgae, and DF Grupo, the leading company in the distribution of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs in Spain and Portugal, have created the joint venture named DF MicroAlgae, S.L. The mission of DF MicroAlgae is the commercialization of AgriAlgae®, the range of agricultural biostimulants developed by AlgaEnergy based on an optimized combination of different own cultured microalgae species.
The agreement seeks to put in value the great synergies shared by both companies, leaders in their respective fields. On the one hand, AlgaEnergy provides its demonstrated scientific capacity, pioneering technologies, its range of agricultural biostimulants and a pipeline of future innovative products. On the other hand, DF Grupo provides the positioning as market leader, the distribution structure, the knowledge and the experience accrued in over three decades in the Iberian market. The purpose of this agreement is to reach all famers across Spain and Portugal, in order to offer to them the range of innovative and sustainable biostimulants AgriAlgae®, whose efficiency and extraordinary benefits have been widely certified. The aforementioned agreement has been signed by Carlos Delso Ibáñez, General Manager of DF Grupo, together with AlgaEnergy’s President, Augusto Rodríguez-Villa.
In this scope, Augusto Rodríguez-Villa highlighted that “this agreement is the best possible partnership in order to make our innovative and efficient products accessible for any Spanish and Portuguese farmer, undoubtedly contributing to optimize his crops’ yields, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. As a consequence, it translates into a higher profitability and increased competitiveness”, he added.
On the other hand, Carlos Delso emphasized that “AlgaEnergy and DF Grupo share the same philosophy and values, therefore, this collaboration agreement is a natural consequence of two leading companies in their respective fields joining their efforts. The leadership of DF Group in the agricultural sector in the Iberian Peninsula will put AgriAlgae® in a privileged position, which our farmers will surely benefit from“.
AlgaEnergy was founded in 2007 and consolidates over 4 decades of state of the art knowledge related to microalgae, generated by the main specialized universities. After 8 years of research and development, AlgaEnergy launched in 2015 its brand AgriAlgae®, trademark under which AlgaEnergy develops, produces and commercializes an innovative range of sustainable and efficient agricultural biostimulants, whose benefits have been widely demonstrated for many types of crops.
AlgaEnergy is currently the only company in the world that, counting with its own microalgae cultivation plants, has prioritized its focus in the field of agriculture. AlgaEnergy is also the only company in the world which has consolidated a circular business model by using the CO2 emitted by other industries as the main nutrient for growing microalgae in their cultivation phase, in a circular business model. Therefore, one added benefit is that, when a farmer applies 5 liters of AgriAlgae® to his crops, he is responsible for the elimination of up to 2 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere.
AlgaEnergy collaborates with more than 120 leading scientific partners in R&D Projects across the globe, and counts on the world leading company Iberdrola as shareholder of reference since 2009. AlgaEnergy has been selected by the European Commission as one of the SMEs with the highest growth potential, and benefits from the H2020 SME Instrument Program, by which the EC supports the company’s development through the Project INTERCOME.
About DF Grupo:
DF Grupo is a leading company specialized in the distribution of fertilizers and other inputs for the agriculture, in Spain, Portugal and several African countries. Founded in 1978, DF Grupo, through a group of 22 subsidiaries, develops all the processes in the fertilizer value chain: from the import -more than 180 boats per year- or own production -with two factories and 6 production plants-, to the logistics activities such as storage -with a surface of more than 190,000 m2-, the packaging, and the commercialization and distribution of the agricultural inputs, through a network of more than 2,000 distributors. With a turnover of >300 million Euros, the continuous advances in fertilization technologies are incorporated into DF Group with the creation of DF Innova®, the subsidiary specialized in premium products, whose aim is to satisfy the farmers’ needs in order to help them to obtain the highest crop yields.
Microalgae: the most innovative solution for sustainable agriculture
Microalgae, due to their biochemical properties and their advantages compared to other raw materials used in traditional agriculture -such as amino acids of animal origin or seaweed-, are of great interest for the agricultural industry. After 8 years of research and development, the potential of microalgae applied to agriculture has been consolidated in AgriAlgae®, the innovative range of agricultural biostimulants derived from an optimized combination of biomass from different microalgae strains. Thanks to raw material with an unparalleled quality, combined with the most advanced production processes, AgriAlgae® helps farmers to increase their crop yields, optimize the qualitative traits of fruits & vegetables, and on top, reinforce their resistance in abiotic stress situations.
AgriAlgae® was launched in 2015 in Spain, and ever since, its commercialization has experienced and exponential growth in 4 continents, with satisfaction rates that exceed the most demanding expectations and a customer repetition rate reaching over 90%.