June Spirulina in Myanmar is one of the world’s largest producers of spirulina. The company has harvested from both natural crater lakes and artificial production ponds. Spirulina grows naturally in the volcanic crater lakes Twyn Taung, Twyn Ma and Taung Pyauk, and a surface lake in Sagaing Ye Khar. However, In recent years, natural spirulina blooms have decreased due to development near the lakes.
In the 1980s Dr. Min Thein lead the industrialization of Spirulina production in Myanmar. June Spirulina’s main production ponds, factory, laboratory, processing and packaging are located in Sagaing. The company produces about 200 tons of spirulina per year and offers a variety of healthy innovative products including supplements, functional foods and beverages, extracts, cosmetics, herbal products, biofertilizer and Mandalay craft beer brewed with spirulina extrac.
De Min Thein received the “Senior Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 in Microalgal Biotechnology”, at the International Algae Congress, Berlin, Germany, for his scientific and industrial innovations and the worldwide promotion of microalgae.
Robert Henrikson accepted an invitation to visit in 2013, and these are photos taken during that visit.