seaweed innovation in the EU
Zeewaar is the first company in the Netherlands that produces and exclusively works with sustainably cultivated seaweed from clean sea water in the EU. The result is a beautiful premium seaweed product, in terms of taste, nutritional values, color, and a tender bite. We don't compromise on these important food criteria.
Where in 2013 we started with the first havest yielding a few hundred kilograms, we scaled up to thousands of kilo's in the years since. We had to give it our all to get it off the ground, but it paid off and we are proud to be the pioneers that succeeded in helping to create seaweed cultivation in Europe. We will further scale up over the coming years. Zeewaar also collaborates with other sustainable seaweed farmers that are active in the EU.
With the increasing demand for seaweed (an average 10% p/y according to the FAO), it is of crucial importance to cultivate seaweed, and to do this in a sustainable manner. Sustainable means to cultivate without using ANY compounds anywhere during the process, such as pesticides and manure. And with a scale that ensures a healthy balance in the local nutrient levels of the sea. Cultivation means the process of planting start material, or baby seaweed, in the farm and have the harvesting only take place there. This process ensures we leave the natural seaweed beds in peace to perform their important ecological roles.