The Scottish company Aquascot recently announced the successful acquisition of Shore Seaweed, who join the wider group as an integral part of their business’ future, they reported. Shore has been their sister company for many years, a highly regarded seaweed snacking brand has won many awards and an array of positive reviews for its delicious range of seaweed chips, pestos and ramen broths. “The future is bright for Shore as it continues its mission to make seaweed a leading sustainable food of the future”, assured from Aquascot.
“It’s a really exciting time for both businesses and key for the next stage of the Shore journey! Shore Seaweed has a great team that has grown the business each year and the wider Aquascot partner support will add further benefits for the years to come. The products are fantastic and my favorite is the Sweet Sriracha chips which taste amazing and are a healthy alternative snack,” said Andy Wilson, Commercial Director at Aquascot, about the acquisition:
According to them, this strategic move marks a significant milestone in the evolution of both companies and also reaffirms a shared commitment to quality seafood, sustainable practices, product excellence, and ethical standards. By coming together economies of scale can be leveraged to benefit both businesses.
No changes for the customers
While Shore is now officially joining the Aquascot group, the same great products will be available on retail shelves and its day-to-day operations will continue to run as normal, they explained. “We understand the importance of clear communication, so customers can rely on the familiar faces and dedicated teams they’ve come to know and trust,” they said.
For his part, Keith Paterson, Business Lead of Shore Seaweed said: “The evolution of the Shore brand over the last few years has established a strong, uniquely positioned brand that has gained great traction with consumers. With this platform, many exciting opportunities now lie ahead for the brand. As we enter this next stage in our development, being part of Aquascot provides us with solid foundations and a network to support our growth ambitions. We look forward to working together effectively with partners to strengthen the overall business, alongside the Shore brand and products to ensure we maximize the opportunities ahead of us.”
Innovation and commitment
Rooted in the Scottish Highlands, Aquascot is proud to be a 100% employee-owned business. “We are innovative at heart with a real passion for creating great tasting, health enhancing, nourishing seafood which is sourced responsibly and is respectful to the environment,” they explain.
The company was Gold Winner in People Development and Bronze Winner in SME Enterprise of the Year. “We are fully committed to the long-term growth and prosperity of our team, our partners and the communities in which we operate, because we care,” they added.
Meanwhile, seaweed is the star ingredient in all of Shore’s products. This company is committed to making seaweed a leading sustainable food of the future by being respectful of the planet, beneficial to local communities and providing a unique source of plant-based nutrition that everyone can enjoy.
Shore’s team sustainably harvests selected species from the remote coastline of the far north of Scotland, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea. The locations where they harvest are chosen for their remoteness and the quality of their waters, where the highest quality plants thrive. Their harvester’s hand-cut the seaweed to allow the plants to grow naturally.
As they explain, they monitor their harvesting sites every year, taking time to carefully manage local plant diversity, ensuring that their harvesting techniques are 100% sustainable.