Donegal based Algaran Teoranta, a manufacturer of edible seaweed, hope to develop “strong partnerships” in the US.
Algaran Teoranta is one of 15 companies to showcase the North West’s ‘entrepreneurship and innovation’ when they travel to Boston Massachusetts next month as part of a joint collaboration between Councils in Donegal and Derry/Strabane.
The trip is centred around promoting inward investment, as well as providing local businesses a chance to create potential export opportunities.
Established in 2004 by Rosaria Piseri, the company manufactures a range of edible seaweed, seaweed foods and seaweed cosmetics, all certified organic by Organic Trust Ltd.
Speaking ahead of participating in the Boston trade mission, Algaran Teoranta CEO Rosaria Piseri, said:
“We are a small manufacturer of seaweed products for the health and beauty sectors, harvesting our seaweed locally and transforming it in a few hours into both food and cosmetics.
“Our products are always fresh and we use no flavours, colouring or other chemicals.
“We decided to participate in the trade delegation to Boston as we are hoping to tap into a much bigger marketplace for our niche products and firmly believe that the US market could provide us with that opportunity.
In recent years, Algaran Teoranta has attracted attention from the Japanese market as an attractive source of seaweed food products.
They also sold seaweed in bulk as ingredients to a company who were producing vegan food in New York and are the first company in Europe to get Irish seaweed certified as organic.
Ms Piseri added:
“A successful trip to Boston for us would be to meet the right partners with whom we could establish strong long-term relationships.
“We are also on the lookout for investors as we are planning to set up another three production units in Ireland that will cater for our anticipated expansion into both the American and Asian markets.”
An additional six companies from the Donegal County Council area will be traveling alongside Algaran Teoranta to Boston in mid November. These are:
- Aniar Cumhacht Teoranta
- O’Donnell’s Bakery
- Silver Birch Gallery
- Meastoiri Domhanda Teo
- Eilis Galbraith
- DS Environmental Services Ltd
The eight companies from the Derry City and Strabane District Council area to take part are:
- AE Global
- The Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC)
- ActionSense Ltd
- O’Neill’s Irish International Sports Co Ltd
- Troll Inc
- Type 40 Creative