Production will more than triple when the new facility is operational in 2022.

New state of the art factory will establish Algalif as a worldwide industry leader in astaxanthin production.


Algalif Iceland has announced its 30 million US$ expansion plan for its sustainable astaxanthin production facilities in Iceland. “This is one of the biggest foreign investment projects in Iceland for a while” says Orri Björnsson, Algalif CEO.

Construction will begin early next year. Production will more than triple, from over 1.500 kg to 5.000 kg of astaxanthin annually. The company will thereby be the biggest astaxanthin producer in the world.

Since its foundation in 2012, Algalif has gained a status as an industry leader in the production of high quality sustainable natural astaxanthin from microalgae. This is due to superb production quality and delivery security, along with extensive industry knowledge of the management team and competitive cost structure. This has resulted in 2020 being the best year in the company’s history. “All our production this year, and most of next year’s astaxanthin production is sold” says Orri Björnsson, Algalif CEO.

The company’s dedication for all around sustainability has led to Algalif being renowned for exceptionally clean, high quality astaxanthin. With its location in Iceland Algalif has access to an abundance of clean natural water and all operations are powered by 100% green geothermal energy.

During the construction period, more than 100 new local jobs will be created.  From 2023 permanent jobs will double from currently 35 to 70 employees.

Planned Expansion in numbers


Current Facilities 2020

  • Facilities 5.500 m².
  • Employees 35.
  • Around 30 tons of biomass annually.
  • Over 1.500 kg. of astaxanthin annually.

Expanded Facilities from 2022

  • Facilities 12.500 m².
  • Employees 70.
  • 100 tons of biomass annually.
  • 5.000 kg. of astaxanthin annually.