The pursuit of excellence
A unique expertise, a 100% integrated sector
Mastering each stage of the shrimp’s life-cycle enables UNIMA to proceed with ease. From the expert breeder to the processor, from the cook’s passion to the distributor’s flexibility, all pursue the same benchmark: to be exemplary.
For UNIMA, to be exemplary is above all a shared moral code. It reflects the high regard we have for our product, the shrimp. We respect our product throughout its life cycle, right up to the market stalls, ensuring and maintaining the exceptional quality that fulfils nutritional and health requirements.
« Exceptional quality that fulfils nutritional and health requirements »
Domestication and reproduction: unique genetic capital
In 1986, UNIMA made a defining choice. By focusing on the penaeus monodon, known as the Tiger prawn (also gambas and camaron), UNIMA has focused its business on an endemic species with recognised qualities. To protect its stock from diseases present in the natural environment, UNIMA has invested in a domestic broodstock farm, a unique expertise in the world. This expertise is the result of our early commitment to the full integration of the production chain. This integration is conducive to creating eco-models, and developing best practices to produce these exceptional shrimp, taking care of both humanity and nature.
Farming and animal welfare
You only have to hold a shrimp in your hand to feel its calm; there is absolutely no stress. The reason? A fluid farming method with 15 to 30 shrimp per square metre. UNIMA has opted for a gentle breeding method that replicates natural conditions. Shrimp welfare is behind the quality of its meat. A complete and uncompromising commitment to the quality and traceability of our products.
“ UNIMA has opted for a gentle breeding method that replicates natural conditions “
Biosecurity to the very end
For the past 50 years, our mission has been to produce this shrimp using a process that is continuously evolving in the best interests of our customers, employees, Madagascan communities and the environment. Biosecurity is the natural language of this ongoing commitment. We strictly monitor the biosecurity of the farms’ perimeters: 5,900 hectares in Mahajamba and 4,500 hectares in Besalampty. This constant and extreme vigilance is logically intrinsic to cultivating an exceptional shrimp.
UNIMA’s stringent requirements also apply to its shrimp feed: land animal meal and soybeans from Brazil are banned, as they contribute to the Amazon’s deforestation. Our shrimp are selectively caught or farmed at low density. In an environment that resembles their natural habitat (the mangrove), they are fed without antibiotics, without GMOs and processed land animal proteins.
This is the only way to sell an ethical and responsible shrimp. The cold chain is fundamental: it restores the shrimp as it was when caught. All of their organoleptic and nutritional qualities are preserved thanks to our excellent cold chain control, from harvest to distribution, via our cooking workshop located in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France.
So much work has been done, so many trades have been involved, so many analyses have been carried out before finally arriving at the crucial moment: cooking.
Shrimp are cooked using a “spraying” method which guarantees optimal cooking down to the very second.
It is a question of living up to our reputation as the leading producer and distributor of premium shrimp in Madagascar.
A pioneer in complete production chain integration in accordance with international standards and undisputed leader in ethical and responsible breeding techniques. UNIMA is a sustainable development reference in the aquaculture sector, committed to a process of continuous development. These values have been at the heart of the group since its creation.