About Seaweed & Co.
Seaweed & Co. advise on, supply and accredit superior seaweed…from sea to store. This means you know you get the best, and can benefit from seaweeds’ many qualities in food, health and nutrition applications.
Our unique production is Patent Pending (GB1702881.2), linked to our processes and technologies that result in our high quality and innovative seaweed ingredients.
Why we do it
Seaweed is remarkable, and we want you to see that. Nothing else has the health, nutrition, flavour and sustainability potential of seaweed as a food to feed everyone. This is why seaweed is THE food of the future, and why we want to help you understand it, use it and love it.
In all sincerity, just get in touch if you want to talk seaweed. It would be nice if you started to use it one day, but for now, lets just start a conversation…
How we do it
- Help you understand it
- Supply it in a format that is easy, convenient and familiar to use
- Accredit it so you know its high quality, safe, traceable and sustainable
We know many people aren’t quite ready for a slab of seaweed on their plate, but they are ready, and would most often benefit from the health benefits of this sustainable and innovative food and ingredient. Read more about our seaweeds and their benefits.
Also, as seaweeds’ many applications and benefits are new to lots of people, a little extra guidance is often needed for brands and manufacturers so your internal teams and customers can understand what it is, where it is from, how to use it, and why it offers so many benefits. In response, Seaweed & Co. work with you from “Sea to Store” so you have the best seaweed, and benefit all the way from functionality in production to messaging in your marketing.
Our panel of industry leaders and academics have key expertise in seaweed sustainability, aquaculture, quality assurance and nutrition. The platform was established and is run by Dr Craig Rose, Seaweed & Co. Founder, and a marine biologist and entrepreneur with a huge passion for seaweed. Read more about Craig below.
Dr Craig Rose
Craig has worked on seaweed research and commercially for several years, and been involved in broader marine research and industry for over 15 years. In this time, seaweed has proven itself to meet all the requirements Craig looks for – it is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable (when done right!), is extremely good for you, and has huge scope for growth commercially.
Upon finishing his PhD, Craig set up a business offering marine environmental consultancy. After 3 years, he sold the business to a larger consultancy, and was part of the team that conducted a management buy-out. From then the business grew from offices in Newcastle upon Tyne, to have offices in London, Manchester and Singapore. One of Craig’s key projects was managing a large commercial R&D project on seaweed for biofuels. It was during this project he further released the immense potential of seaweed for all the ‘mega-trends’ of food, health and energy provision.
As a result, Craig left the company to focus exclusively on seaweed for food, health and nutrition, and hasn’t looked back.
Craig is on the Management Group of the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association, an advisor to the British Phycolocial Society’s Applied Algae Group, a PhD supervisor at Newcastle University and a guest member of staff, a former director of the ASTEC Aquaculture Centre, and former Executive Director of the Seaweed Health Foundation. Craig also contributes to Doctor Seaweed’s News and Thoughts which aims to inform, educate and intrigue on the immense potential of seaweed.
Craig is actively engaged with industry and the media on seaweed related topics, having talked at several international events, and worked with the BBC, Channel 4 and numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as online media.
Contact Dr Craig Rose directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Panel of Industry Leaders and Seaweed Experts
Dr Gavin Hardy
Dr Gavin Hardy is a world-renowned expert on seaweed, as a marine phycologist and historian of ancient botany.
He is the author of “A Check-list and Atlas of the Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland”, as well as 44 other publications in the field of marine phycology and botany. Dr Hardy’s latest publication on Ancient Botany was published in 2015.
He has lectured extensively at Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities in his areas of expertise, and continues to advise on consult in his field of expertise.
Dr Hardy was involved in the expert validation of our industry first DNA Authentication, and as part of our seaweed standards and accreditation.
Philippa Wallis is highly respected in her field of nutrition, working currently as Company Nutritionist for Mitchells and Butlers; a pub and restaurant chain with over 1,600 outlets and turnover of around £2billion.
Philippa has previously worked with Innocent Drinks and Sainsburys.
Within her current role, she defines and delivers the Company’s Nutrition Strategy, providing nutritional information for menus and advising on menu claims. She supports development chefs on the creation of healthier options for menus, and delivers commitments to the Government Food Responsibility Deal food pledges.
In her role of providing expert nutritional advice to the Company, Philippa also keeps abreast of trends, emerging issues, risks and opportunities. She is involved in various working groups and external forums.
As part of this, Philippa has been a strong advocate of seaweed and the benefits for salt replacement and nutrition within a wide variety of foods and diets. Her strong expertise and experience of working withing large scale and mainstream food companies is invaluable in helping understand how to deliver seaweed in formats suitable for these markets.
Dr Stephen Craig
Dr Craig runs an independent consultancy business. He has world renowned and extensive aquaculture knowledge, with specific expertise in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). These systems seek to ensure sustainability of marine resources, and Dr Craig has utilised algaes in the development of sustainable products for a variety of industries.
He is involved in a highly innovative seaweed aquaculture project. This is in addition to working with other marine organisms for over 15 years around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America.
Dr Craig has published several papers, and holds patents in relation to marine aquaculture.
Dr Matthew Wilcox
Dr Matthew Wilcox is a researcher at Newcastle University’s Institute or Cell and Molecular Biosciences. He has worked extensively on multiple health benefits of seaweed and seaweed extracts, including addressing diabetes and obesity.
Dr Wilcox has published numerous scientific papers, and presented internationally on these research areas. Due to the innovative nature of his work, he has also appeared on television and in other media.
With several research students under his supervision, Dr Wilcox continues to lead his field.
Dr Wilcox is part of Seaweed & Co.’s expert panel, guiding our research direction and funding, and providing expert input on future product development.
Marlene Watson-Tara is a high profiled and dedicated Macrobiotic Health Counsellor and teacher with over 35 years’ experience of transforming lives. A graduate of T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition Studies eCornell, New York and an expert in her field on plant based nutrition. An international author of the bestselling book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons‘, regular columnist, and with clients ranging from the movies to members of royal families.
A long time vegan, lover of animals, nature and life and passionate about human ecology. Together with her husband Bill Tara, they have created The Human Ecology Project. Teaching to the masses the subject of ‘diet and the development of disease’, alleviating animal suffering and moving the world towards a vegan diet to heal the environment is their focus.
Her favourite saying is: “If you don’t look after your body, then where are you going to live?”