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Seaweed & Co.’s Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients

Seaweed & Co. has developed and invested in innovative and novel techniques and technologies to produce their high-quality and Patent Pending seaweed ingredients (GB1702881.2).   Developing Patent Pending seaweed ingredients has taken world-class expertise and implementation of technologies to produce food grade seaweed ingredients. The innovation of Seaweed & Co. has resulted in our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients being used by the largest food manufacturers in the UK, and in products on the shelves of every supermarket in the UK, and nutrition companies around the world.  This has been possible due to the extremely high quality, transparent traceability and sustainability of our supply chain. In independent testing, carried out in UKAS Accredited laboratories and validated as part of University research, our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients have proven to be higher on key measures of quality as compared to other supplies of the same species. The specialist technologies, more gentle processing and full analytical traceability are key aspects to our proprietary seaweed ingredients; allowing for consistent quality and scalable production. However, the innovation is not stopping any time soon… Building on our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients, further innovations are already in place.  These include our Naturally Oak Smoked Organic Scottish Seaweed, which provides all the health benefits of our core seaweeds, in addition to superb smoky flavours.  In fact, this ingredient was selected as the example to highlight seaweed as the Number One Ingredient for 2017. Other innovations are coming soon…to be launched at Vitafoods 2017. The benefits of Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients Seaweed is THE future food. The species and supply we focus on is sustainable and scalable into...

Allergen Free Seaweed Supplied by Seaweed & Co.

It may seem odd that seaweed (clearly from the sea!) could be considered allergen free seaweed.  However, Seaweed & Co. can offer allergen free seaweed within the parameters stated, and which we explain more about here. By its very nature, seaweed comes from the sea, and so the presence of fish and crustaceans in the same water as our seaweed is something that we cannot avoid.  However, we do offer allergen free seaweed by virtue of the way we harvest, process and undertake extensive analysis. Furthermore, our allergen free seaweed goes further to ensure allergens are not handled on site, and operating procedures are in place to cover this. Harvesting for Allergen Free Seaweed The core species of seaweed we harvest, Ascophyllum nodosum, is cut by specialist vessels, and not by hand.  This is a key part of reducing the likelihood of allergens such as fish, crustaceans and molluscs.  The seaweed is cut around high tide, when it is floating up towards the water surface.  Since only the top foot or two of the seaweed is harvested, then there is far less likelihood of encountering other organisms.  When seaweed is hand harvested, it is done at low-tide which is when the seaweed is on the rocks out of the water.  At this stage, other organisms are active in and around the seaweed.  This makes the likelihood of potential allergens being incorporated in harvested seaweed much higher. An interesting fact about Ascophyllum seaweed is that it needs to reduce its drag in the water due to the often high energy environments that the it inhabits.   Higher drag increase the...

Seaweed Food Ingredients – We’re Number One!

After a great article in Food Ingredients (Seaweed: An Ocean of Opportunity), we were delighted to see it was Number One as the most read story for several days! The article heavily featured our very own Dr Craig Rose talking about Seaweed & Co., and the immense opportunity for seaweed food ingredients. This was a huge achievement for us, and for seaweed, and is proof indeed of the title of the article itself. We have long known that seaweed food ingredients tick many boxes, addressing  market opportunities and demand.  These include: Seaweed for salt replacement and flavour enhancement Immense nutrition A safe natural source of iodine The potential to tackle issues of obesity and diabetes All these benefits are in addition to seaweed being a sustainable, natural whole food, which is very much on trend. Our Seaweed Food Ingredients We have developed products that are extremely easy and convenient to incorporate into a wide variety of foods, beverages and nutritional supplements.  These seaweed food ingredients are sustainably wild harvested, low temperature dried and milled.  This uses our proprietary techniques and technologies, which are absolutely unique to our seaweed supply.  Furthermore, independent analysis has demonstrated that, when compared to similar seaweed supply of the same species, ours are higher on key measures on quality. Even the colour of our ingredient differs from any others we’ve seen of the same specification.  We believe this is due to the lower temperature and more gentle processing of our distinctive systems. In addition to great quality product, our accreditation system includes traceability unmatched by any other company.  We can tell you via a customer...

Europe’s Top Island is Officially to Source of our Seaweed Supply

One of the biggest international travel sites has voted the Outer Hebridean Island of Lewis and Harris as the top in Europe. Amazingly, this stunning and pristine island beat rivals in Thailand, Chile and Madagascar, which means it is included in the top five islands in the world!! Lewis and Harris is Scotland’s largest island, with Lewis forming the northern part, and Harris the southern part of the Island; although they are often referred to as if they are separate. It really is worth a visit, and the scenery, the coastline and the pristine waters are truly stunning. The people are also incredibly fascinating, interesting and hugely passionate about the island and communities. Top Island Seaweed Supply It is in Lewis where the seaweed hub is based, and where Hebridean Seaweed Company houses our unique technologies, as well as many of their own. They have a world class knowledge on harvesting and processing seaweed, and a superb reputation for quality seaweed supply into multiple markets. For food, health and nutrition, we work together to develop the seaweed ingredients for Seaweed & Co. using our distinct and proprietary technologies and technologies. Some Beautiful Images Enjoy the images below of the stunning Island. We hope you can visit it soon, even if, for some unknown reason, it isn’t just to have a look at the...

Industry First from Seaweed & Co.’s Supply – DNA Authentication!

Increasingly industry is requiring better traceability, transparency and authentication of the foods and ingredients being used. At Seaweed & Co., and with the input of Dr Craig Rose, our expert panel and key collaborators, a highly innovative and proprietary process has been developed to extract and analyse the DNA of our seaweed.  Our experts therefore offer a 100% validation system which ensures our seaweed is exactly what we claim. DNA identification is well known in crime thrillers, and now its use for food and nutraceutical products is increasing as, when the product is suitable (e.g. a wholefood that has its DNA in tact), the test is extremely valuable as DNA does not lie. Where DNA is damaged or extracted from a product, then clearly this is not the technique to use for seaweed supply or other product validation.  Initial testing also shows that our seaweed supply retains its DNA integrity, whereas others; due to heavier and more aggressive milling; appear to have significant cell and DNA damage, as well as poorer nutritional measures of key parameters. DNA analysis is particularly useful when working with natural and wild harvested ingredients such as seaweeds where contamination could be possible from other species, but which should be avoided.  Primarily though is the need to ensure that poorer quality seaweed supplies are not used or blended with our premium material by unscrupulous manufacturers. Seaweed & Co.’s DNA authentication is part of our wider traceability system, which includes logging and reporting the details of harvesting sites, full range of chemical and nutritional analyses, iodine standardisation, and even down to the name of the harvesters....

Global Seaweed Supply Shortages

Seaweeds globally are a vastly underutilised natural resource, yet we now have situations where there is an under-supply, due to high demand for specific sources and types of seaweed. Several media outlets have covered this recently, with the latest in The Independent and reported as widely as in The Times of India quoting Seaweed & Co.’s very own Dr Craig Rose.                                   The reason for this seaweed supply shortage is due to a specific type of seaweed used in the manufacture of seaweed extracts of agar.  Primarily from SE Asia, the seaweed is farmed and used for the agar extracts.  This industry has seen very large growth in recent years, and become a very commoditised product. The seaweed supply shortfall is resulting in finished products being limited.  Whilst we are sure the issue can be rectified in time, it highlights the need for seaweed supply to be secure, stable and sustainable. At Seaweed & Co, and with our Doctor Seaweed Approved system, we ensure all our supplies are highly scalable, and sustainable so that as the market grows, the impact on the supply chain is a positive one of growth, and without negative environmental impact.  We predict further supply chain issues for certain types of seaweeds, with companies and suppliers that don’t follow this principle. Please get in touch if you have any questions and concerns about your current, or planned uses of...