Healthy snacks company Abakus Foods has joined the seaweed trend with a three-strong range of crisps.
Made from “seaweed harvested from the deep blue seas of South Korea”, the new trio comprises Lightly Salted, Salt & Vinegar and Cheese (rsp: £1.29/18g).
Seaweed Crisps are coated with a thin layer of tapioca to provide crunch. They are vegan, gluten-free and provide no more than 571cals per 100g. They are a source of iodine – which promotes thyroid health – and high in fibre (up to 13.8g per 100g).
Seaweed was “known for its vitamin and mineral content”, Abakus said, while tapioca, a starch extracted from cassava root, fed “friendly gut-bacteria, thereby reducing inflammation and increasing fullness”.
The new crisps, which are available now, had been made “out of our love for nutritious seaweed” said Abakus founder Helen Wang. “Being a natural foods brand, we embrace the wholesome, delicious, and nutritious foods that nature provides us with.”
As a member of the global 1% for the Planet charitable programme, the London supplier will donate 1% of Seaweed Crisps’ sales to environmental causes.
The launch comes amid growing prominence for seaweed in grocery. Last month UK startup The Savourists unveiled a lineup of savoury snack bars including a Black Olive & Nori Seaweed variant, while earlier this summer Doctor Seaweed’s Weed & Wonderful oils were included in the first wave of Sainsbury’s Taste of the Future initiative for ‘distinctive’ disruptor brands.