A seafood company has announced plans to invest $20 million dollars in a new Greenshell Mussels extract centre in Blenheim.
Sanford Ltd bosses revealed last week they would build a new Marine Extracts centre to boost their mussel powder power.
The move will create more jobs in the area and plans are already been drawn up for the centre which is set to open early in 2021.
It will focus on the discovery and production of high value nutrition products from New Zealand seafood.
Sanford already makes Greenshell mussel powder from a small facility in Blenheim and its success has convinced the company to go several steps further.
Chief customer officer Andre Gargiulo says the aim is to make the best mussel powder “in the world.”
“We want to make the best mussel powder in the world and more. The demand for marine extracts is huge and it’s only going to grow,” he says.
Greenshell mussel powder can help athletes combat inflammation issues and staff plan to start moving into the benefits of mussel oil.
“The plan is to move into mussel oil and look at extracts from marine species other than mussels.
“There is so much to unlock and we are incredibly excited about the potential,” says Andre.
More than 40 people will be employed in a wide range of roles from scientific research through to production.
Sanford’s current extracts business general manager of innovation, Andrew Stanley says Blenheim the “perfect” place for the new hub.
“It’s a great location. We already have all the natural ingredients just down the road growing in the Marlborough Sounds so it was an ideal location for us to choose.
“Blenheim is also an attractive place to live and that’s a very good thing given the number of highly talented people we will need to attract.
“The lifestyle here is amazing. I recently moved here from Auckland myself and I can vouch for the combination of open spaces, wine country and being near the sea,” he says.
Andrew says science at the new centre will be world leading.
“This is a fantastic new chapter and we’re stoked to be able to share it with the world.”