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Seaweed Benefits for the UK with Research on Seaweed Farms

Seaweed Farming is the system of cultivating and harvesting of seaweed, which consists of controlling the life cycle of algae as much as you can. Oban is a resort town, located on Scotland’s West Coast, that can host up to 25,000 tourists a year. A trial began in April 2017, to farm seaweed near Oban. The trial site is being looked after by researchers from the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science at Oban. Why Oban? Seaweed isn’t just being explored in Oban, and is harvested already throughout Scotland. The waters surrounding the Outer Hebrides in Scotland have been attributed to be some of the most pristine and unpolluted in the world. They have been given the highest quality classification available by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) to reflect this. Why Farm Seaweed: Seaweed Benefits for the UK The Global value of seaweed in 2014 was 6.4billion US dollars (~£5billion), this value exceeds that of the world’s lemons and limes! Seaweed is a highly sustainable resource as it requires no land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow, some species of seaweed are even believed to grow up to 2 feet per day! Seaweed can be used to enhance nutrition and is naturally rich in Iodine (EU Approved Health Claim), it can also be used as a salt replacement for flavour and shelf-life extension. There are numerous uses of Seaweed: Animal fodder, Biofuels, Beauty products and most importantly… Food and health! These uses are globally relevant, and with here at home with seaweed benefits for the UK. Seaweed is thought to have been used by early Homo sapiens to provide...

Doctor Seaweed® takes safe seaweed supply global… all the way to South Korea!

Seaweed & Co. only delivers a safe seaweed supply of the highest quality, and now they’re extending their reach even further    Dr Craig Rose has been managing director of Seaweed & Co. since founding the company back in 2015. It’s his mission to share a safe seaweed supply with the world, with a dream of everybody understanding the benefits seaweed can have on their overall health and wellbeing. Well, it seems that dream has come a huge step closer! With ERDF funding administered by the Department for International Trade behind the action, Seaweed & Co. is preparing to break into the South Korean market with their safe seaweed supply. This DIT support has been vital in helping Dr Rose carry out the essential market research and business exploration necessary for ensuring the move into the South Korean market goes as smoothly as possible and leads to the highest quality produce and service. The inclusion of South Korea to Seaweed & Co.’s list of buyers puts them alongside Europe, Israel and the US in a group of major world players benefitting from Seaweed & Co.’s safe seaweed supply. The seaweed produce itself travels a long way to get to these countries, as Seaweed & Co. only harvest their safe seaweed supply from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides, after which it is carefully prepared, dried and exported using Patent Pending production systems to ensure it remains pure and high quality. This helps Seaweed & Co.’s safe seaweed supply boast a larger number of health benefits, such as being a high source of iodine and acting as a...

Seaweed Ingredients – Number 1 Trend for 2017

Here at Seaweed & Co., we are absolutely delighted to see our seaweed ingredients recognised as the NUMBER 1 Trend for 2017.  A recent report highlights Plant Power Trends, with Seaweed Ingredients as the number one.  This report features The Food Doctor’s Seasoned Corn and Smoked Seaweed Coated Edamame Bead as the example product (and it is our Smoked Seaweed Ingredients) Seaweed and seaweed ingredients have, over the past few years, been highlighted as THE food of the future.  Increasingly we are seeing seaweed in major retailers and mainstream brands.  This is due to the many functional benefits offered from seaweed ingredients, and the fact seaweed ingredients are on-trend as a natural, sustainable wholefood. The functional benefits of our unique seaweed ingredients include: Salt replacement, and flavour boosts Nutritional Enhancement Natural Iodine Supplementation, enabling EU Approved Health Claims Potential in weight and blood sugar management All these benefits come from seaweed ingredients that are clean label, natural, sustainable and sourced in Scotland. Our proprietary and innovative production techniques result in seaweed ingredients that offer multiple health and nutrition benefits, excellent flavours, and ease of application across many food, beverage and nutritional categories. With seaweed ingredients on trend for 2017, now is the time to really push the development of products that benefit from seaweed. In the past year or so, every major supermarket in the UK has launched and stocked products based around seaweed.  These include soups in Sainsbury’s, fresh seaweeds in Tesco, biscuits and condiments in Marks and Spencer, plus many more examples. Furthermore, in the past 15 years or so, we have seen a rapid growth in...

Seaweed at the House of Lords

Dr Craig Rose, Founder and Managing Director of Seaweed & Co. was honoured with an invited talk on seaweed at the House of Lords. The event on enterprise, was sponsored by Lord Wei of Shoreditch, and was held within the House of Lords, and next to the beautiful terrace overlooking the River Thames and the London Eye. This prestigious, stunning and historic venue was an amazing place to hold the event with Cavendish Enterprise and Tedco.  Seaweed & Co. was one of just three business from around the country invited to talk about their business journey and take questions from a panel of experts and the invited audience. In discussing seaweed at the House of Lords, Dr Craig Rose highlighted his passion and vision for seaweed as a sustainable natural resource that can positively impact people’s health and the health of the planet.  He also posed a question to the expert panel on how we can inspire more people to establish and run businesses as a tool to enact positive changes for  society and the environment. The day was a huge success, even with the rain and cold that seems standard for British summer weather! Seaweed at the House of Lords Each of the invited guests was given their own seaweed lucky bag, which consisted of various “I Love Seaweed” pens and bags, along with a sachet of seaweed to try at home and recipe cards and other information on just how easy our seaweed is to use, and how good it is for you. For more information on the event, the support we have received, and to learn...

Iodine Deficiency in the UK – Could Iodine from Seaweed be the answer?

A recent report from the Iodine Global Network states that the UK “now ranks seventh among the ten most iodine-deficient nations in the world, one of only two high income countries on the list.” This is a pretty shocking statement, and we explore here if iodine from seaweed could be the answer? Iodine is an essential trace element, with EU Approved Health Claims associated with its intake. These Health Claims include contributing to normal thyroid function, cognitive function, metabolism, nervous system and development in children. The major sources of iodine are seafood (including iodine from seaweed of course!), and also some from dairy and eggs. However, with declining intake of these foods in the UK, often associated with a perception of being high calories which is certainly the case with dairy, parts of the UK, and subsections of society, are having a diet insufficient in iodine. A recent article from the British Nutrition Foundation reinforces this message. It discusses that whilst the focus on obesity and diabetes is essential, there needs to be more done to address the lack of micro nutrients such as iodine, which result from restricted diets that aim to reduce calorie intake alone. In terms of iodine insufficiency/deficiency statements, there is a note of caution that should be made; it is correct that there is evidence of low iodine levels in some sections of the public, but there is more work to be done to more accurately extrapolate this to the whole UK. This may reflect the discussion in the British Nutrition Foundation publication, which discusses problems in sub-sections of society (e.g. young women). The...

Growth Hub North East Launched & invites Seaweed & Co.!

The North East Growth Hub goes live today, at a sold out event in the SAGE Gateshead. The event discussed the new online platform, and had talks and panel discussions from key business figures. Honoured to be considered one of these key business figures, was our very own Dr Craig Rose, who was joined on the panel by Pamela Petty, managing director of Ebac Group and Neil Spann, managing director of Big Solar Ltd. Supported by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the Growth Hub is designed to provide North East businesses with the support they need to innovate, compete and grow in domestic and international markets. Dr Rose is quoted as saying: “When I was starting the business I looked for support providers that could share my enthusiasm and help me get to the next stage of growth. “Finding the right support can be challenging, and, when you’re starting and running a business, prioritising time and resource away from sales and other activities is difficult. “The Growth Hub is an exciting prospect as it will simplify this process and help business owners find the right support at the right time.” Read more of the story here.   Why Seaweed & Co. Through the great support, and incredible people we have been working with, Seaweed & Co. have invested in their production.  This has resulted in unique techniques and technologies producing extremely high quality, sustainable, and scalable DNA Authenticated seaweed ingredients for use in food, health and nutrition markets. Seaweed & Co. is leading the market with numerous innovations, and working with world-class universities. We have also estabished an international...