Earthrise Nutritionals’ roots go back almost 40 years as the pioneers in Spirulina production. Today they offer a solid base of quality Spirulina and Spirulina-based products.
In 1976 a group of U.S. visionary pioneers, founded the progenitor of Earthrise, Proteus Corporation, to develop Spirulina blue-green algae as a world food resource. Proteus was funded by a group of private California investors committed to the vision and hope Spirulina represented. This team began cultivation in the hot desert area in Southeastern part of California in the late 1970s.
In 1981, Earthrise® developed a partnership with a Japanese company, Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC). DIC was a diversified product company with a commitment to developing microalgae for food, biochemicals and pharmaceuticals that had just begun growing Spirulina in Thailand. This unique partnership between California entrepreneurs and Japanese corporate intrapreneurs flourished to a dynamic growth of Spirulina production. In 2005, Earthrise® Nutritionals was wholly owned by Dainippon Ink and Chemicals. (the present DIC corporation) Today, their farm is the world’s largest Spirulina farm, and together with our sister company’s farm in China, DIC group is the largest Spirulina producer in the world.