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The Organic Industry is Booming – Great News for Organic Seaweed!

The demand for organic produce across the world is increasing at an exciting rate! This is excellent news for our own organic seaweed. Here Doctor Seaweed® will explain why… Drivers for Organic Food Growth Figures from the Soil Association state that you can now buy organic products from over 8,000 outlets, including major retailers. Research carried out by the Soil Association, shows more and more people are questioning the origin of their foods, and have concerns around production and trusting ingredients. Clare McDermott, business development director for the Soil Association states there are three main drivers for organic food: ·         Innovative Products ·         Health and Wellbeing ·         Home Delivery McDermott, comments on these drivers. “There is a huge variety of interesting products coming to market, from nut butters and milks, to seaweed… Shoppers are looking for new and interesting food trends and organic is well placed to deliver these.” McDermott added, “The other major trend is health… consumers often see organic as a short cut to health, particularly with the nutritional research published by Newcastle University”. 82% of UK shoppers purchase at least one organic item per year, an increase on 76.5% in 2016. One organic sector that has grown substantially is organic baby food, which is a reflection on the perceived health of organic food. “Home delivery is one of the fastest-growing channels for consumers to buy organic, with much growth in the UK being led by Ocado and box schemes”. Waitrose along with other supermarkets are offering a diverse range of organic produce. However, discounters like Aldi and Lidl have less organic products and their emphasis is...

Seaweed at Food Matters Live

Food Matters Live is the only cross-sector event in the UK that brings together the whole of the food and drink industry, to enable collaboration and innovations to support a sustainable food landscape in the future. Find out more about Seaweed at Food Matters Live below. Food Matters Live It is a free event, that enables the collaboration of the government, these working in nutrition, food service providers, retailers and food and drink industries. Taking place in London’s ExCel from the 21st – 23rd November 2017, Food Matters Live will include: ·         800 leading organisations taking part in an exhibition ·         400 speakers, in conferences and seminar sessions ·         100 free to attend, conference and seminar sessions ·         A host of special events, including ‘Meet the Buyer’ and the Food Matters Live Awards Who is there? Who isn’t there?! The list of conference and seminar speakers is very impressive. The three headline speakers are, Justin King, Heston Blumenthal and Susan Greenfield. Justin King is the former CEO of Sainsburys, who will discuss his views on successful leadership and the opportunities and challenges for food retail in the future. Heston Blumenthal, will share his mission to enthuse the next generation on cookery, nutrition and food science. Susan Greenfield is one of the world’s leading authorities in neuroscience, and she will explore the relationship between neuroscience, creativity, and brands. There will be hundreds of seminar speakers speaking on numerous topics from ‘The Future of Food Retail’, to ‘Tackling Obesity’, to ‘Packaging: Innovating through Design’. Speakers from: Sainsburys, Ella’s Kitchen, Public Health England, Pepsico, Vita Coco and of course… Seaweed & Co.!...

Why Smoked Seaweed Snacks are in!

According to Gil Hyslop, millennial snackers think that the aroma of snacks is essential for the snacking experience. They want new and different flavours with an aroma (like smoked seaweed!). Snackex completed a survey incorporating 1,000 male and female participants from the ages 18-35 on savoury snacks. Consumer insights manager at Snackex, Ciara McCabe said “Millennials… are looking for three key things regarding snacks – authenticity, a sensorial playground and health”. A sensorial playground meaning “playing with all five senses and not just taste on its own” said McCabe. She noted that respondents were interested in smells that are ‘natural and strong’ and those that take your mind to a specific environment. One respondent in the survey said “Seaweed flavour crisp that would be tasty and healthy… The texture would be crispy and smell of the sea”. Further to this survey Gill Hyslop wrote ‘Smoked and burnt among flavours driving snacks: Mintel’. It states that the more different the flavour the more likely consumers are to catch onto the flavour and be intrigued by it. Mintel’s director of insight, Marica Mogelonsky said that a driving factor into purchasing snacks is exotic flavours. There is a growing popularity for barbeques and burnt and smoked flavour trends come from this. With 44% of European consumers interested in world flavour snacks. Nuts are a popular snack because of their health and protein levels according to Mogelnsky. Also snacks that are freeze-dried, baked, dried and puffed are becoming ever popular. Why Seaweed A highly sustainable resource, seaweed requires no land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow, with some types of seaweed being believed to...

Could Superfood Seaweed help fight disease?

Consumers are becoming more health conscious and instead of just calorie counting they are learning more about a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals. So, could natural whole foods, including superfood seaweed, with numerous vitamins and minerals help prevent and fight disease? What is a Superfood? A superfood is a nutrient rich food that should have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There is no official definition of a ‘superfood’ and in 2007 the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. Some examples of superfood’s that you would find everyday are: spinach; tomatoes; broccoli; and garlic. However, there are some less mainstream superfoods: sauerkraut, arugula, kale, goji berries; and seaweed! This is changing though, with many of these superfoods being seen in the supermarkets, and with more scientific evidence backing up their status. Why Superfood Seaweed? Seaweeds have a host of nutrients that could be beneficial for your health and your daily intake levels. There are many benefits of superfood seaweed! Research shows potential for reduction in fat absorption and blood sugar management.  EU Approved Health Claims even state the naturally rich level of iodine can contribute to energy yielding metabolism, and much more. Can Superfood Seaweed can prevent disease? Certain foods affect brain function more than other foods. Neuroprotection is an effect that has the capacity to salvage, regenerate and recover the nervous system. It helps in the defence of human cognitive disorders including: Dementia; Alzheimer’s disease; depression; and Bipolar disorder. A varied diet including nutrients like Zinc, B12 and Iodine affect neuroprotection[1]. Zinc is a trace element for human health, which is found in...

Seaweed is one of the world’s biggest health food trends 2017

The biggest health food trends of the coming year have been revealed by Symrise, and unsurprisingly seaweed makes the list   By exploring health trends, food habits, global influences and ingredients from all around the world, Symrise has created an elite list of the most influential health food trends and healthy lifestyle trends for the coming year. And that’s right: seaweed makes an appearance! Seaweed trends aren’t new. Earlier this year reports named seaweed ingredients as the number one plant power trend of 2017. The report also featured The Food Doctor’s Corn and Smoked Seaweed Coated Edamame Bead as the example product (and this happens to be the same ingredient supplied by Seaweed & Co.) Here at Seaweed & Co., we’re ecstatic to see the brilliance of this miraculous sea plant being recognised as a health food trend. Over the past few years, seaweed ingredients have grown hugely in popularity – making their way into mainstream brands and major retailers – and it’s easy to see why. Seaweed has a lot functional benefits as a natural sustainable wholefood, so it’s no wonder it’s become a health food trend. The benefits of Seaweed & Co.’s high quality seaweed ingredients include: –          A healthy alternative to salt for flavour boosting –          The potential to help manage weight and blood sugar levels –          A natural source of iodine, enabling EU Approved Health Claims –          Containing key nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and calcium Seaweed &Co.’s seaweed ingredients are traceable, sustainable and completely natural, sourced from the pristine lochs of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The innovative production techniques involved in harvesting our produce...

Ancient superfood: form of red algae discovered as oldest plant on Earth

Newly found fossils suggest some plants may be hundreds of millions of years older than was previously estimated, including ancient superfoods like seaweed. Doctor Seaweed® investigates! Ancient superfood: what was discovered? What the scientists discovered were thread-like fossils within fleshy, more complex colonies in sedimentary rock in central India. The fossils suggest that plants which resemble red algae were present 1.6 billion years ago, in areas which were shallow sea back then. Swedish scientists say that this discovery could change our timeline of advanced life forming, and make us judge again how long well known ancient superfoods and plants have been around. The earliest displays of life on Earth are over 3.5 billion years old. These life forms were simply single-celled microscopic structures which evolved into bigger, multi-cellular eukaryotic organisms, containing a nucleus and certain other structures within a membrane. But these new fossils could potentially alter our perspective of when we think different cells evolved, especially for ancient superfoods and plants. They were identified as containing parts of chloroplasts, i.e. structures within plant cells involved in photosynthesis. Therese Sallstedt of the Swedish Museum of Natural History discovered some of the fossils herself, and speaking to BBC News, she said they were “the oldest fossil plants that we know of in Earth, in the form of 1.6 billion year old red algae.” Red algae is a form of seaweed: an ancient superfood that’s been getting even more popular in recent months. Sallstedt described the findings as showing us that “advanced life in the form of eukaryotes (like plants, fungi and us humans/animals) have a much deeper history on Earth...