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Bachar Blal hired to oversee AlgaEnergy's new France, North Africa subsidiary

Bachar Blal hired to oversee AlgaEnergy's new France, North Africa subsidiary, AlgaEnergy

Biotechnology company AlgaEnergy has expanded its operations into France and North Africa, appointing Bachar Blal as Regional Business Manager of the new subsidiary. In the new role, Mr. Blal will work with growers to introduce biostimulants and biocontrol products that encourage sustainable agriculture and growth.

“Growers and consumers in France and throughout Europe continue to demand residue-free food produced using sustainable growing practices. In fact, organic agriculture in this area grows consistently at a rate of 15 percent every year,” said AlgaEnergy President of International Agribusiness, Douglas Ry Wagner. “At the same time, the demand for sustainable agricultural solutions in Africa creates a natural fit to link such practices between Europe and North Africa to produce high-quality food products that comply with European rules for residue-free foods.”

Mr. Blal has 25 years experience in the agriculture sector, working with growers on their biological input across Europe, Africa and other regions. He comes to AlgaEnergy from Acadian Plant Health, where he served as Vice President of R&D.

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AlgaEnergy: The First Company in the world in its sector to become B Corporation

AlgaEnergy: The First Company in the world in its sector to become B Corporation

The microalgae biotechnology company joins 3,800 B Corporations worldwide that are reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit. MADRID, March 23, 2021—AlgaEnergy, the Spain-based global leader in microalgae biotechnology with business units in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Asia-Pacific, is the first microalgae-biotechnology company in the world to become a B Corporation (B Corp). AlgaEnergy joins a community of over 3,800 businesses globally that are B Corps. Other global brands that are B Corps include Patagonia, Triodos Bank, Danone, Alpro, Ben & Jerry’s, Harris-Woolf Almonds, Burton, Swell, Tillamook, WeTransfer and Innocent. The distinction, which was verified by B Corp’s independent Standards Advisory Council in the U.S. and B Lab, Spain’s official B Corp certifying agency, is awarded to companies that meet a rigorous set of social and environmental standards that represent a commitment to goals outside of shareholder profit. “We are all elated to celebrate this achievement,” said Augusto Rodríguez-Villa, founder of AlgaEnergy. “We began the rigorous certification process in 2019. Becoming a B Corp is not only a first for our industry sector. It is also a recognition that our company and our employees value people and our planet first. “ B Corp is the only standard that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. To gain B Corp status, a company must verify a high standard of socially and environmentally responsible practices related to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, working conditions, employee benefits, equal opportunities and diversity. Verification of standards related to governance, workers, community, environment and customers must be renewed and independently verified at least every three years. Pablo Sanchez, Executive Director of B Lab Spain, said, “We are delighted to welcome AlgaEnergy to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies that are committed to changing how business operates, who believe business really can be a force for good.” Graphics and photos can be downloaded at the following link. About AlgaEnergy AlgaEnergy is a biotechnology company headquartered in Spain that uses advanced technology and production processes to produce high-quality microalgae-based products for the agriculture, aquaculture, nutrition and cosmetics industries. By harnessing multiple, diverse microalgae strains in one product, AlgaEnergy products can benefit a wide range of crops in diverse environments facing unique stresses. AlgaEnergy is building a strong international presence to deliver its microalgae-based solutions across the globe. For more information on AlgaEnergy, visit www.algaenergy.com and www.algaenergy-intl.com. Follow AlgaEnergy Intl on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram. About B Lab Spain B Lab Spain is a non-profit established in 2014 to serve a growing community of Spanish companies using business as a force for good. B Lab measures and verify companies’ environmental and social performance using the B Impact Assessment, and ensure rigorous standards are met by all European B Corps. Together with B Lab teams from around the world, they link a global network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses and promote positive, action-led change towards a new approach to business. http://bcorpspain.es Contact: Carmela Pérez Calleja, Global Marketing Manager Telephone: +34 681 285 872 e-mail: cpc@algaenergy-intl.com

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AlgaEnergy names Hideki Ando as Japan Country Manager for Agribusiness

AlgaEnergy names Hideki Ando as Japan Country Manager for Agribusiness

Biotechnology company AlgaEnergy has hired Hideki Ando as its Japan Country Manager for agribusiness. In his new role, Mr. Ando will be responsible for overseeing the company’s market expansion in Japan. He will report to President, International Agribusiness, Douglas Ry Wagner. Mr. Ando has more than 40 years of experience in business development, sales and product management, with a focus on agribusiness in Japan. He has held senior roles at Japan Tobacco, JT Biotech USA and BASF Agro, Ltd. Recently, Mr. Ando served as Country General Manager, Japan for the AHI Roofing division at Fletcher Building. He comes to AlgaEnergy from his last role as senior consultant for FLIGHTS Inc., supporting the startup phase of its drone business.

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