One of the leading Global suppliers of refined, marine Omega 3 oils
Fortuna Oils refinery was established in Kristiansund in 2004. We process and produce the finest quality fish oils here in our state-of-the-art, food grade facility for a constantly expanding global market.
Modernised in 2017, the plant is certified to ISO 9001-2015 and has a capacity of 1400 metric tons of the finest quality refined oil per annum.
Quality assurance and control
Before entering the facility, all raw materials are sampled, analysed and approved by our QC department. The actual refining process is subject to the approval and certification of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and HACCP System (critical control points). Once the refining is complete, the oils are subjected to a rigorous final analysis prior to certification and approval.
A Brief Overview of the Plant and Refining Process
Prior to the refining and production process, crude oils are stored in four storage tanks with a total capacity of 1400 metric tons. They are then processed as follows:
Washing / Cleaning.
Oil is cleaned of particle and all moisture removed.
Oil should be fresh and clean before processing.
This process which paradoxically does not involve bleach, is designed to maximise colour and eliminate pigments and other impurities.
Crystallisation and filtering:
This process is designed to enhance the content of unsaturated fatty acids and maintain their integrity in cold storage. The gradual cooling process is carefully controlled using a ‘cooling curve’ determined by our data system and can take anything between eight and twelve hours, dependent on the quantity of oil being processed.
The deodorisation process removes environmental and toxic contaminants as well as any volatile substances that could cause unwanted odours or taste. This process is carried out by using a horizontal reactor. The plant can operate with 5% (stripping) steam compared to an industry standard of 1-2%.
The required levels of vitamins and antioxidants are secured through this final drumming and packaging process. It is semi-manual to ensure product safety and stability. The plant has its own nitrogen injection system – membrane filter technology – and is capable of producing 1400 tons at full capacity.
THE SUPERIOR TASTE AWARD
Fortuna Oils was awarded iTQi’s “The Superior Taste Award 2018” with two golden stars. Two of our Omega-3 cod liver and herring oil got this great certification. This achievement emphasizes that our Herring Oil and Cod Liver Oil are a superior Omega-3 ingredient for functional foods and high nutritional supplements.
Schematic overwiew of value chain
- Reception and storage of crude fish oil
- Washing / Cleaning
- Crystallisation and filtering
- Vitaminisation, drumming and packaging
- Storage and distribution of finished product
Fortuna Oils is based within the beating heart of Norway’s fishing industry
Kristiansund, with its centuries-old history, traditions and expertise in fishing, fish processing and the development of fish-based products