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The birth of nutritious food seaweed


Over two decades, Seagreens® has turned a simple idea into reality.

The idea has been to make it easy for anyone to get at least a gram of the most nutritious seaweeds into our daily food. 

Enough to fill significant nutritional gaps in our modern diet, especially the many deficient micronutrients essential for immune function.

In Norway and Scotland, we pioneered Europe's first harvesting of seaweed specifically for human nutrition at an affordable cost.

Today Seagreens® native wild seaweeds, their production supervised to the world's highest standard, feed millions of people and are valuable exports worldwide.

This 10th anniversary article appeared 2008 in Star & Furrow, the journal of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association.

Your interest in what we do and your daily use of Seagreens® - everyday food ingredients and nutrition products that anyone can add to their daily diet - has made this project the world's leading producer of nutritious food seaweed.  

In this 20th anniversary article published in 2018, Seagreens' founder explains how Seagreens will continue to develop the unique partnership between its Brand, its Partners and its Customers for years to come.

In 'Something for Everyone' the rising tide of seaweed for nutrition and health is explored in this 30 minute film show with Saint-Saëns 'Aquarium' music.

A short history

1997 - Seagreens founded with its first seaweed production for human consumption on the small Norwegian island of Frøya off the coast of Trondheim

1998 - Seagreens first Certified Organic, fully integrated ‘ocean-to-table’ seaweed producer in Europe "to get a gram of the best seaweed into the daily diet"

2002 - Production began among the Arctic Lofoten islands in partnership with Kjell Petterson, designer of Seagreens' mechanical harvesting technology (patents pending)

2004 - Approved by the Biodynamic Association for use in Biodynamic and Organic foods and farming systems in Europe

2007 - Biodynamic Association certification extended to the USA under Biodynamic® and NOP Organic Standards

2008 - British Government sponsors health research into Seagreens® at the UK Centre for Food Innovation, Sheffield Hallam University

2009 - Seagreens joint venture (Hebridean Seagreens Ltd) receives international Organic Certification for new harvesting and production facility in Scotland

2009 - Seagreens new production facilities EU and FDA registered for Food Safety and hygiene with full HACCP quality control procedures

2010 - Segreens receives national awards for research, sustainability, product innovation; independent nutritonal marker research proves outstanding quality

2011 - Founder's inaugural speech at the Natural History Museum, London, launches the Seaweed Health Foundation for research, standards, and information

2012 - Seagreens certified Allergen Free and Kosher for Passover; ranks "most searched for ingredient" on worldwide Life Science search engine, Innovadex

2012 - Seagreens sponsors the first annual Seaweed for Health event at the Royal Botanic Garden at Edinburgh in co-operation with the Seaweed Health Foundation 

2013 - Peer reviewed research concludes that Seagreens® in a nutrition product of Napiers of Edinburgh can provide iodine sufficiency with no adverse effect on thyroid

2014 - 3 research publications in peer reviewed journals: Journal of Appetite (2011), British Journal of Nutrition (2014), Journal of Applied Phycology (2015)

2015 - The Seagreens Trust established to administer the consortium of partners in Seagreens International Partnership®, and the Seaweed Health Foundation (SHF)

2016 - Seagreens first to be Certified to the Nutritious Food Seaweed standard through a new quality assirance scheme developed by SHF with the Biodynamic Association

2017 - New production partnerships in Iceland and Ireland fully operational, with continuing development in Norway and Scotland producing "a unique product range"

2018 - Seagreens® 20th Anniversary - new markets develop in Australia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Scandinavia - full product range relabelled in 12 languages.

A 2018 Award starts Seagreens 20th Anniversary
The story of Seagreens® is the story of the birth
of a new industry in the British Isles and the
Nordic region - the development of wild sea
vegetables for human nutrition and healthcare
in many different food and health products around
the world - a global consortium and partnership.