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Seaweed Week on BBC Programmes – Discussing the Many Seaweed Benefits

Seaweed has had a meteoric week of media, as the many seaweed benefits continue to amaze, and demonstrate their relevance to many aspects of our lives. The appearance of our own Dr Craig Rose on BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme was a huge highlight for us.  What an amazing and hugely credible show to be associated with. This followed on from an earlier interview on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today Programme, as part of their Seaweed Week.  Each show this week has started with a piece on seaweed, and the many seaweed benefits.  Wednesday’s show featured our very own Dr Craig Rose.  Craig discusses the many seaweed benefits, and how our unique DNA Authenticated Seaweed ensures quality and traceability in the supply chain. Other key seaweed stories this week, many featuring Seaweed & Co., have been reported, on the huge scope of seaweed, and the many seaweed benefits.  A selection of these stories are: Mail Online: New multi-million pound industry will help satisfy the growing demand for the salty algae Food Ingredients: Booming Seaweed Industry is Flourishing as the West Capitalizes on Crop The Times: Taking the plunge to harvest ‘gold standard’ seaweed Even The Sun reported on the story, and featured Dr Rose, with the headline of: “You can’t be Sea-rious”!! Dr Rose was also contacted by Biofuels International to discuss the opportunities of seaweed for biofuels, which are apparent and viable in the longer term.  The many seaweed benefits available link to seaweeds’ ability to address all the mega trends of food, health and nutrition, life sciences and energy.  No other natural resource can do this to our...

FutureFest – Future Uses of Seaweed & Other Amazing Stuff

FutureFest is coming – the weekend of 17/18th Sept 2016, and our own Dr Craig Rose is speaking on the future uses of seaweed and other amazing stuff! FutureFest is set to be a mind-blowing weekend of talks and immersive experiences. Its a huge honour to be sharing a stage with some incredible speakers, thought leaders and brilliant minds.  These include Brian Eno, Will Self, Caroline Lucas MP and many more. The talk, titled “You Seaweed, I See the Future”, hopes to be an insightful journey into the huge potential of what the uses of seaweed will bring to the world. Unlike any other natural resource we know of, seaweeds can address all the ‘mega-trends’ of sustainable supply of food, nutrition, health, lifescience applications and energy provision. Its quite incredible. So what are some of these uses of seaweed Seaweed is a broad term.  Actually part of the much larger group of algae, seaweed is marine macro algae.  Globally there are around 10,000 species, with a huge plethora of applications. These uses of seaweed already cover a mass of food applications, with seaweed ingredients used for salt replacement, nutrition, iodine sources, weight and blood sugar management.  Seaweed ingredient extracts are used on a huge scale for food thickeners, laboratory uses and much more besides. Other extracts of seaweeds can, and will increasingly be used for biomedical benefits, including antiviral, anti tumour and other treatments.  Many of the compounds in seaweeds remain understudies, and offering huge potential. In terms of plastics for packaging and other uses, seaweeds have been shown to able to offer great, and sustainable alternatives.  Scientists and...

Seaweed Ingredients Still Have Huge Potential

A recent article in Food Navigator USA reports experts saying algae and seaweed ingredients still have huge potential Seaweed ingredients offer a plethora of benefits for the food, beverage and nutrition markets. The article highlights how there has been aspects of over promising and under delivering, specifically in the micro-algae industry. It states that  seaweed ingredients still have huge potential. Entrepreneurs didn’t always anticipate the technical challenges.  Furthermore there were distractions (and still are) with a focus on algae for biofuel.  The need to fulfil higher value food, nutrition, biomedical markets is where the opportunity is before we reach biofuel levels. Many of the benefits of micro algae and macro algae (seaweed) ingredients are laid our in the article, including medicine, proteins, nutrition, low calorie etc.  Many of the big challenges we face, from sustainability of food supply to addressing malnutrition, obesity and diabetes can all be solved with seaweed ingredients. Scalability of production systems, of a high quality has been a barrier also. The economics must work.  At Seaweed & Co. we focus on wild harvested species and have invested in supply chains that can maintain sustainability and have huge potential to grow.  From 1kg to 10,000 tonnes, we know we can deliver.  In addition, we are leading cultivation projects on species that don’t have a long term or scalable sustainable future from wild harvest. Seaweed ingredients still have huge potential Despite many successes, it is true that seaweed and algae and seaweed still offer huge opportunity to address market demands. These opportunities are yet to be realised for a number of reasons.  The main contrinutor to the...

Seaweed Benefits as Inidicator of Climate Change

Devastating kill offs of seaweed off the West Australia Coast are a sign of the challenges we will face with Climate Change.  Seaweed benefits efforts to understand changes as an indicator of rising sea level temperatures. Between 2010 and 2013, large stretches of kelp forests off the western Australian coast were devastated by high sea temperatures.  This report was published in the journal Science in July 2016.  Since this destruction, the kelp forests are now tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems of turf algae, corals and coral fish.   This type of change is very significant as kelp forests have a variety of seaweed species and offer habitat for many more organisms. The heat wave wiped out 963 square kilometers in a short time period. Prior to this event, kelp forests covered over 70% of shallow rocky reefs in midwest Australia.  Survey data revealed that a total of 43% of these forests disappered two years after the extreme heat wave. The research team are concerned that there are no signs of kelp forests recovery.  However, the marine life that replaced the kelp forests is apparently doing very well. Seaweed benefits Aside from being a possible indicator of rising sea levels and climat change, there are many other seaweed benefits. As a sustainable natural resource, with immense nutritional properties, seaweed benefits food and dietary supplement markets.  No land plants can compete with seaweed benefits on a gram for gram basis.  Specific nutritional benefits of seaweed are the mineral content, including iodine. Seaweed benefits salt reduction efforts too as a natural flavour enhancer that means less salt may be needed within a wide variety...

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...

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...