[USA] When Cole Meeker spends time at the ocean, he often gets inspired about food.
Meeker and business partner Courtney Smith make foods from sea veggies, more commonly known as seaweed. Their Windsor company, The Great and Wonderful Sea of Change Trading Co., will release a new snack product this fall: a premium chocolate bar made with “deeply nourishing and mineral-rich” seaweed.
Meeker said he was shocked several years ago on an ocean field trip when he asked an instructor which vegetation in the nearby waters was edible. The answer: Everything.
“What?” Meeker recalled thinking. “Why aren’t we eating it?”
Three years ago, Meeker and Smith founded Sea of Change. Their company makes snack foods with different types of seaweeds.
Their premier product is “Sea Bakin’,” which is made with sun-dried nori leaves, a seaweed used to make a paperlike wrap for sushi. The snack product is sold in Whole Foods Market and various natural food stores in the Bay Area, plus a smattering of other markets around the United States.
Along with Meeker and Smith, Sea of Change has eight part-time workers. The company benefits from ideas and recipe discoveries by Meeker’s wife, Anastasia Emmons, whom Smith calls Sea of Change’s “chief inspiration officer.”
The workers now make most of the products by hand at a food production facility in a Windsor business park, but the owners are hoping soon to attract more investors who would provide the capital needed to mechanize and greatly expand output.
“Manual production is not going to sustain us much longer,” Smith said.
It was also at the ocean that Meeker got the idea for the company’s new product: the Seaweed Chocolate Bar.
Photo: Courtney Smith, left, and Cole Meeker, owners of Sea of Change Trading Company, show their new seaweed chocolate bars at their office in Windsor, California on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
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