As Functional Ingredients magazine's editor-in-chief, Todd Runestad, notes, DSM's purchase of Martek isn't likely to be the last deal of its kind in the omega-3 market. "I'm eager to see what else happens in 2011," Runestad said.

Krill oil supplier Neptune could possibly be at the top of the acquisition list, Runestad added. Meanwhile, smaller omega-3 companies are likely to be "trembling in their boots" given that a global player such as DSM is now even larger.