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Kelp Is Beating Kale In The Snack Sales Competition

September 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Snack shoppers (and manufacturers) have discovered what coastal cultures around the globe have known for centuries – namely, that the edible algae known as seaweed -- the brown variety is known as kelp -- is a nutritious functional food. Seaweed snack sales have now surpassed kale-based snacks, with market growth surging to 30 percent in 2014. Seaweed is a “naturally functional” food: low in calories, rich in protein, fiber, trace minerals and vitamins. Snack brands are including seaweed in a variety of products, including seaweed-flavored rice chips. Another seaweed virtue: “impeccable sustainability credentials.”
"Seaweed could be ‘next big snacking opportunity,’ firm says", Foodbev.com, September 30, 2015, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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