High Performance Materials

Pigment: Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a red pigment (a type of carotenoid) contained in the flesh of salmon and trout and skin of red sea bream, krill, and shrimp. It is widely used as a pigment in salmon and trout farming. It is also known to have strong antioxidant properties, and in recent years has gathered attention as a nutraceutical and cosmetic ingredient.
Utilizing a fermentation technology, we have succeeded in manufacturing natural astaxanthin. Currently, astaxanthin-containing "Panaferd-AX" is being used as a natural pigment in the aquaculture industry to improve the color of fish flesh and fish skin.

Astaxanthin for fish feed
"Panaferd-AX"

Photo 1. Panaferd-AX

"Panaferd-AX" is a powder obtained by drying bacterial cells that have accumulated astaxanthin. It contains about 2% astaxanthin (Photo 1).

Photo 2. Farmed salmon fed Panaferd-AX

When Panaferd-AX is given to atlantic salmon, rainbow trout (also known as salmon trout), and coho salmon, their flesh will have good color (Photo 2).

Photo 3. Comparison of red sea bream fed Panaferd-AX and synthetic astaxanthin

Also, when Panaferd-AX is given to red sea bream, their skin will obtain more natural color compared to when synthetic astaxanthin is used (Photo 3).

Panaferd-AX is natural astaxanthin produced with fermentation technology. It is widely used throughout the world, including for organic salmon, for which synthetic astaxanthin cannot be used.

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(General agency) JX Nippon ANCI, Corporation, Planning & Administration Dept., Fermentation Pigment Group

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