Fitoplnacton Marino was founded in 2002 and launched by two graduates in Marine Sciences from the University of Cádiz, Carlos Unamunzaga, a native of Bilbao and Lalia Mantecón de Marbella.
The initial idea was to create a support firm for the thriving aquaculture sector in the Bay of Cádiz, trying to advise them on processes to improve productivity and quality with microalgae. However, although the company also maintains this line of work, it has opened others aimed at the possibilities of microalgae in fields such as cosmetics, aquarium products or human food. In his factory work now 17 people, of which eleven are researchers, more than 50 percent of them trained at the University of Cádiz.
The company regularly collaborates with researchers from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) or with laboratories in the United States and Canada in the development of new products. Since 2011, he is part of the Hisparroz group, linked to the multinational Ebro Foods.