Exporting seaweed or marine algae to Europe
Europe is an attractive market for suppliers of edible seaweeds from developing countries. Seaweed is gaining popularity in the European market for natural health products. Reasons for this include growing consumer awareness about the nutritional benefits of seaweeds. In addition, companies are finding new applications for seaweed. In case of micro algae such as spirulina and chlorella, the demand is driven by an increasing demand for supplements on the European market, as well as a rising demand for sustainable sources of plant-based protein.
To enter the European market for seaweed you must meet mandatory requirements set by the European Union. Seaweeds are used by a number of end-user industries. The health products industry is the largest segment for spirulina and chlorella. China is established as the major supplier of edible seaweeds, such as spirulina.
These studies are about edible seaweed or marine algae with a focus on spirulina and chlorella. Although they are classified as micro-algae, they are commonly referred to as seaweed. These blue-green algae are becoming popular among European consumers and offer opportunities for exporters outside of Europe.