Seaweed is also finding a new home in the snack aisle as a plant-based alternative ingredient to meat in jerky. Much like mushrooms, soy, and even coconut, seaweed can be used in place of animal-derived ingredients. NYC-based startup Beyond the Shoreline is planning to launch its sea plant superfood snacks into markets to offer consumers a savory and vegan option for on-the-go snacking, with familiar flavors such as Sea Salt, BBQ, and High Thai’d.
The practical side of seaweed could soon reach past food and drinks directly, and into packaging as a biodegradable option for to-go items. Evoware is one startup interested in changing the amount of waste we produce with innovative flavorless, dissolvable packaging made from food safety pre-treated kelp. These wrappers could help to curb waste created by eliminating the need to throw something away at the end of a meal.
As the plant-based food trend continues to find itself in the spotlight, seaweed is being marketed as a powerhouse of nutrition and a multi-function ingredient, poised to take over as the next industry star.
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