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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...

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...

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....

Seaweed Nutrition Could Tackle National Iodine Deficiency

The rapid emergence of seaweed-based food products could benefit serious issues of iodine insufficiency in the UK, with quality seaweed supply and good labelling being a must, says recent study from Glasgow University In the UK, 76% of girls and 66% of adult women have insufficient levels of iodine. These are levels worse than South Sudan! A diet deficient in iodine can cause serious health concerns from babies to old age. Read our previous blog on the importance of iodine during pregnancy The significant growth in seaweed food products on our supermarket shelves is a great thing to provide highly nutritious and sustainable foods, and in particular the supply of iodine that is naturally rich in many nutritious seaweed products. It is important to note that globally there are around 10,000 different species of seaweed, and in the UK alone, around 650 species of seaweed. This vast diversity is reflected in seaweeds’ nutritional properties, flavours and other positive attributes. The Glasgow University seaweed study found that of the 224 seaweed products available, just 22 had stated iodine levels on packs. Whilst this does not mean there are necessarily issues with the other products, the labelling does not give specific details and there are some species of seaweed that can be very high in iodine, which may cause issue (especially ‘kelps’). To some degree, this remains a controversial point however; with anecdotal evidence from Japan showing high iodine intakes from seaweed (compared to Western standards) do not cause significant issue, and have multiple health benefits. However, quality, safety and traceability of seaweed supply are paramount. Knowing the iodine levels, which...