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Seaweed at FI Europe

Dr Craig Rose will be speaking on Seaweed at FI Europe (Food Ingredients Europe) in November. FIE is a 3-day conference (28th-30th Nov 2017) that considers the issues shaping the global food and beverage market, through many presentations, panel discussions and master classes. Food Ingredients Europe Food Ingredients Europe is the world’s largest food ingredients show, that was launched in 1986.  In previous years FI Europe has been attended by more than 19,700 visitors and over 1,400 exhibitors. The event is always held biannually in a major European city, which this year is Frankfurt in Germany, held from 28th November – 30th November 2017. It is a three-day conference event with presentations, panel discussions, and master classes with leading professionals from the world’s food and beverage industry, that showcases new and innovative service and ingredients. Craig will be speaking on Seaweed at FI Europe session, Reduction and Reformulation sponsored by Tereos. The session will cover how the food and beverage industry continue to face requests to remove the ‘bad stuff’ from products. Pressure is currently on companies to reduce the amount of sugar in food and drink, with some countries looking to impose sugar taxes – companies have no option but to look for an alternative to sugar. When it comes to salt as well as sugar, consumers have a growing demand for natural ingredients, they are educating themselves in health and pay more attention to products’ ingredients, making salt reduction an important issue. Whilst consumers continue to educate themselves on ingredients, they are also viewing ‘fat’ in a new light, with the emphasis on incorporating the right kinds...

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...

How to include Seaweed in your Diet

What is it?…. Seaweed is an algae, and scientifically is referred to as marine macro-algae (that means the big algae that grows in the sea!) In general, seaweed is a highly sustainable resource, as it requires no land, freshwater or fertiliser to grow. Seaweed is possibly the most nutrient-rich superfood out there! In a recent article seaweed was named as number 4 out of the superfoods that could leave a lasting contribution on your health. Check out these recipes showing how to include Seaweed in your diet! 1. Marlene’s Macro Paella 2. Thai Crab and Seaweed Cakes 3. Parmesan, Poppy Seeds and Seaweed Biscuits 4. Roasted Beet Hummus 5. Creamy Red Lentil Soup Check out more recipes here: http://www.seaweedandco.com/seaweed-recipes/ How including Seaweed in your Diet can benefit? Salt Replacement – reducing the amount of salt in your diet, flavour and shelf life extension Seaweed has been well researched and used commercially as a natural safe salt replacement. Our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed contains natural glutamates that can enhance flavours in a product. Therefore, adding seaweed in your diet will mean, requiring less or no added salt in your food, to naturally enhance flavours. Iodine – Naturally rich in iodine, allowing EU approved health claims Iodine is essential for the normal functioning of your thyroid, which has many associated health benefits in the body. Our seaweed is a great source of iodine! At Seaweed & Co. our seaweed contains levels of iodine that allow for EU Approved Health Claims including:  Weight Management – increases satiety and blood sugar regulation. Specific species of seaweed have been found in research to reduce the...

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Seaweed Snacks

Are you prone to a snack or two a day? Are they unhealthy and delicious, or healthy and delicious? Read on to find out more about the latter! Snacking in the UK is very popular with 93% of adults admitted to snacking over a two-week period and 63% of these snack once or more between meals a day. 57% of snackers say ‘I am trying to eat less snacks for health reasons (e.g. to reduce calories)’[i]. This shows that there is a market for healthy snacks. On a global scale the retail value growth of savoury snacks are set to overtake confectionary. Furthermore Euromonitor predicted that savoury snacks will grow by 5%, and confectionary only be 3.6% by the end of 2017. This trend is followed by Blogger Ella Mills, who launched Deliciously Ella Energy Balls in 2016.  Suitable for vegans they are dairy, and gluten free, as they use nuts along with only 6 other ingredients in the balls. Burt’s Crisps have also expanded their healthy snack range by adding Quinoa Crinkles in January 2017. Some examples of health snacks are: nuts; seeds; bars or biscuits; trail mixes; and pulses. Why Pulses? Like seaweed, pulses are a powerful superfood and furthermore have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries. A pulse is an edible seed of a plant from the legume family, some examples are: baked beans; lentils; chickpeas; broad beans; garden peas; edamame beans; and kidney beans. Healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Also growing pulses promotes sustainable agriculture, indirectly reduce Greenhouse gases, and use less water to grow than other crops. They...

Seaweed for the summer!

Eating seaweed for the summer might just help you get summer ready Seaweed is the superfood of 2017, so why not make summer 2017 the summer when you discover the benefits of seaweed for yourself? Getting into seaweed for the summer can increase your health and wellbeing in many ways. Seaweed increases weight management Specific species of seaweed have been discovered to help reduce the breakdown of fats in the body, allowing for less fat is absorbed and more to simply be passed through you. Seaweed can also help slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, regulating your blood sugar. What’s more, the significant iodine content of seaweed can help you maintain a normal metabolism! There’s no reason not to get into seaweed for the summer. Seaweed is a salt replacement Seaweed possesses flavour boosting properties which make it ideal as a replacement for salt. Clearly, seaweed for the summer is the perfect way to make those tasty summer salads even healthier. Excess salt leads to high blood pressure, which can hugely impact your health. Swapping out your salt intake for dried seaweed provides your body with more vital nutrients whilst also reducing your sodium intake. Seaweed boosts your skin and hair Seaweed for the summer can do wonders for your skin and hair as well as your body, and after all everyone wants to look great in the warmer months! Seaweed is becoming a popular ingredient in skincare, particularly cleansers, due to its mattifying and purifying oceanic properties. Seaweed can even reduce the residue of free radicals which can cause premature ageing. Seaweed boosts your hair health...

The history of seaweed reveals the story of how seaweed saved the crew of the Grimsby trawler

The history of seaweed is rich and fascinating, showing how the sea plant has saved lives in the past A small piece of seaweed saved the lives of the trawler Lord Darling and her crew in a miraculously strange episode from the history of seaweed. Originally built in Selby in 1914, the Lord Darling was originally called the Prince Palatine under the ownership of the Cargill Steam Fishing Company of Hull but was renamed in 1923 when she joined Consolidated Fisheries in Grimsby. This particular episode in the history of seaweed took place in the 1930s. On an expedition off the west coast of Scotland, the 19-year-old trawler — battered by roaring winds and wild seas — developed a leak. It seemed that all would be lost off Cape Wrath as water flooded into the vessel, which was almost completely submerged for nearly three quarters of an hour. Then, suddenly, it seemed to right itself. Even with water rising in the ship, Skipper Osborne and the rest of the Darling’s crew were able to navigate and beach the vessel in Loch Ewe. They had no idea why the ship had not sunk completely. What the crew then discovered was how this ship became an incredible story in the history of seaweed. The reason behind the ship’s survival on the water was downright miraculous… As Lord Darling was beached at Loch Ewe, Osborne discovered a small piece of seaweed wedged into a hole in the side of the ship, plugging up the damage. With the help of four villagers, the crew managed to dry the ship, repair the hole and...