Tasted by experts, three seaweed food seasonings from The Seaweed Food Co. have been awarded a Great Taste 1-star in 2022.
Guernsey-based seaweed food producer, The Seaweed Food Co., has been named among the top food and drink producers globally this year, picking up a highly prized 1-star Great Taste award for its Seaweed Salt, Mixed Seaweed Flakes and Herby Seaweed Seasoning.
More than 14,000 products were put through the competition’s rigorous blind judging process. 4,078 products were awarded a Great Taste 1-star – ‘food and drink that delivers fantastic flavour’, 1,237 were awarded a Great Taste 2-star – ‘above and beyond delicious’, and 241 were awarded a Great Taste 3-star – ‘extraordinarily tasty food and drink’.
Described as “savoury and full bodied with a smell of the seaside”, this Seaweed Salt was a hit with the Great Taste judges.
Made with sea salt and a mix of four seaweeds, handpicked from Guernsey’s beaches, the Seaweed Salt was one of 5,556 products to receive a Great Taste award in 2022 (which is only 39.1% of the total products entered). Tasting the Mixed Seaweed Flakes, the judges described the ‘ozone on the nose was akin to standing on the edge of a rock pool as the tide ebbs and in the mouth, it explodes into a natural and heady mix of naturally vibrant and fresh flavours hinting of childhood shoreline memories that are guaranteed to enrich all manner of fish dishes and many others as well’.
What is Great Taste?
Recognised as a stamp of excellence and actively sought out by food lovers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else. All products in the line-up for judging are blind-tasted: every product is removed from its packaging so it cannot be identified, before entering a robust, layered judging process.
This year, the judging took place over 90 days across two judging locations (Dorset and London) with a panel of more than 500 judges. This year’s line-up saw food and drink products submitted from a staggering 110 different countries from across the world.
Naomi Tustin from The Seaweed Food Co. told Channel Eye: “We are delighted to have won a Great Taste award for our Seaweed Salt, Mixed Seaweed Flakes and Herby Seaweed Seasoning. We have worked hard on our range of products and are so proud to be adding the iconic black and gold Great Taste logo to our top three seasonings.
“The Seaweed Food Co. started just two years ago with a few experiments of drying seaweed and mixing it with other ingredients, so to be where we are today is just wonderful.
“Being recognised with a Great Taste 1-star means so much to independent producers such as myself, as it makes all the hard work and determination worth it! Great Taste is the most recognised accolade for taste and quality in the food and drink world, so it really is a big win!”