Musseling-up: high-value Greenshell™ mussel foods.

New Zealand’s iconic Greenshell™ mussel is already the heavyweight of our aquaculture exports, now a new science and industry collaboration is set to give it even more muscle.

Cawthron Institute and Sanford Limited have joined forces to identify and validate the health benefits of Greenshell™ mussels, in particular looking at its potential anti-inflammatory qualities, improved joint and bone health and increased mobility.

New Zealand’s Greenshell™ mussels attract $311 million in export earnings each year for their highly desirable taste and plate appeal. While Greenshell™ mussels are currently primarily promoted as a whole product, this iconic delicacy has many hidden talents waiting to be realised.

The programme will generate scientific evidence of the health benefits of Greenshell™ mussels and assist the industry to identify and develop optimal Greenshell™ mussel-based functional food products that will appeal to the emerging market of wealthy, aging, health conscious consumers – predominantly in China.

Funder: High Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge.

Partners and collaborators: Sanford LimitedMassey University and the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust.

For more information please contact Matt Miller.

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The health benefits of Greenshell™ mussels are at the core of this National Science Challenge