Our plant is located in a privileged area in the most arid and pure desert of the planet, we are located in Pampa the Tamarugal, the first region of Iquique CHILE, in the heart of the Atacama desert, far from the big cities.
An analysis carried out by professionals of the area concluded that the place where our Production Plant is located, has a very special characteristics:
Another important factor of our Spirulina Mater is the quality of the water it is cultivated. Despite being the northern zone, the waters of this site are maintained with high quality, free of contaminants or heavy metals, guaranteeing the Quality and purity of the product.
Spirulina maxima is cultivated in large reactors similar to rectangular swimming pools of great surface and shallow depth. These reactors are optimal for the production of Spirulina and are filled with a specific culture medium, which is prepared with water and selected mineral salts.
Another important aspect to consider is that minerals and nutrients are natural and fundamental to the alkaline culture medium in which Spirulina develops (ph 9 and 10). The liquid inside the reactors is kept in permanent movement by means of a system of agitation that allows the uniformity of the culture throughout its volume.
Next, the dark green soup in which the crop is transformed (without contact with the operators), passes to a special harvesting room through underground pipes. There it is separated from the culture medium, and the green cream that is obtained, after several processes, is reduced to a very fine dark green powder that is packed and comes to you as SPIRULINA MATER.
It is important to note that the climatic conditions are determinant to establish the location of a Spirulina facility. As a result, latitudes must be chosen within the subtropical fringes. And finally the water for crops and plant processes should be potable, preferably from deep wells.
Plant region of Iquique – Pamapa del Tamarugal. Spirulina Mater Production Plant.
The production plant of Spirulina Mater is located in a natural ecosystem, resulting in a process attached to the hand of nature.
It is a permanent work of maintenance of the biological material that has been selected from the natural environment in which spirulina proliferates. The biological material is maintained under conditions of isolation and controlled laboratory conditions. In no case is genetic manipulation of the microorganisms. Only the natural conditions are reproduced, optimizing the purity of the liquid environment in which they live (culture medium), consequently they achieve better reproduction rates.
It is a permanent work in which the selected biological material is reproduced. For this, controlled laboratory cultivation conditions are used in terms of luminosity, temperature and air injection as a means to homogenize the cultures in small volumes (from 50 ml to 20 lt).
It is a semi-continuous, cultured Spirulina operation in ponds (culture reactors) covered under plastic or greenhouse. In this stage the material that comes from the laboratory is reproduced and consists of two stages, whose volumes range from 250 lt to 60 m3.
It is the operation of intensive cultivation in large ponds or crop reactors in which reproduce the environmental conditions in which Spirulina naturally grows. Optimizing the productivity through a system of agitation by paddle wheels, which generate a stream flow similar to a river, which allows to capture more efficiently the solar energy.
It is a unitary operation in which Spirulina is separated from its aqueous culture medium, which is recycled back to the culture reactors. As a result of this operation a pre-concentrate of Spirulina is obtained which is passed to the next operation.
In this stage two operations are carried out with the help of a vacuum filter. First the concentration of the biomass obtained in the harvesting operation is carried out and immediately the washing of this biomass to remove salts of the culture medium that could be adsorbed in the biomass of Spirulina.
This unitary operation consists exclusively in the conditioning of the biomass concentrated in the previous stage, to enable its drying. The operation is carried out by an artisan machine that liquefies the paste and leaves it fit to move to the next stage, in only 4 minutes of batch operation.
The biomass is liquefied and then dried by a spray-dried. It consists in causing a rain of microparticles of the product to dry, contact with hot air, resulting in instant evaporation, which allows to obtain a dry product in a matter of 2 to 3 seconds, since the contact with the hot air In the drying chamber. Spray drier is a machine of the same type as that used for powdered milk, egg powder, soluble coffee and other powdered foods which require drying at high temperature for a very short time, in general the product is pasteurized In this operation.
It is an operation that has two phases. First is the reception of the product coming out of the dryer (spray-drier). The second is to weigh the box with 25 kg and seal it and then store it in the corresponding warehouse. During this operation samples are taken to send to do analysis in independent laboratory.
These are optional operations that are done to make the marketing and consumption of the product easier, and give it an added value. Tabletting is a traditional operation used in pharmacology as is the encapsulation. These operations are performed without using excipients or additives of any nature.
The labeling must indicate the source of Spirulina. The production of Spirulina Mater comes from our farm ensuring it is of high quality and purity. Above all it is a high quality NATURAL PRODUCT.
The smell of Spirulina is sui generis, but it should never smell of pestilence like some others.
The color of the powder or tablets is intense and uniform blue-green. As a result, the low quality Spirulina is of a brownish-green hue.
The powder is very fine and smooth texture. Sometimes we have detected dust with textures and dots of other colors, therefore indicates that Spirulina has been lowered.
Mix a pinch of Spirulina in a glass with water and let it stand. Spirulina decomposes into its three basic pigments: orange, green and blue. This is an indicator of quality and the high protein content of Spirulina.
The packaging must be sealed to prevent the passage of light, air or other contaminants. Laminated pouches are one of the best ways to keep the product in excellent condition for a long time.