Partners, suppliers and networks
Lofoten Blue Harvest has many friends and partners, both near and far, through business networks, joint projects or regular business activities
Eukaryo ABC is an exciting new knowledge-based company that focuses on spore development and seedling material. The founder, Åsbjørn Karlsen, has more than 40 years of experience from research and development in the most prominent institution in the country.
Eukaryo ABC is not just a seedling supplier, but a partner with an active role in developing the value chain in cooperation with Lofoten Blue Harvest and others.
Hortimare is among the leading suppliers in seedling market. The company is already more than 10 years old, which is considered old in this industry, and have been active in Norway for more than 8 years. The founder, Job Schipper, was instrumental to our decision to begin seaweed cultivation after his method of direct seeding yielded good results during our initial tests.
Marhaug is part of the rich tradition in ship repairs and maintenance that the workshops of Lofoten uphold to this day. They have a dry dock and a mechanical workshop and provide excellent service. Marhaug built our harvesting rig with a team of creative welders who accepted the challenge even without being provided a single drawing or schematic on how to build it. Marhaug is a solid service provider as well as a flexible innovator.
Nordlaks was central to us early on when Lofoten Blue Harvest set the first test-ropes at sea, using mainly equipment and manpower rented from Nordlaks. We still rent our base in Karivika from Nordlaks, and have also been able to put to use large amounts of equipment that otherwise would have had to be scrapped by the them.
Norwegian Seaweed Farms is the most important business network for companies that produce seaweed for human consumption. The organization is founded by companies that have identified a common goal in developing the market for seaweed products, as well as the products themselves, and is coordinated by The Royal Norwegian Society for Development (Norges Vel). Norwegian Seaweed Farms is actively working to develop and promote seaweed for consumption, focusing on food safety, regulations and marketing and sales of seaweed as food on behalf of it's members.
The Northern Algae Industry Network is a business network for companies along the entire value chain in both micro- and macro-algae production. The network is an emerging industry cluster, and is at the center of development of the algae industry in the north of Norway. The network also organizes many interesting workshops. Northern Algae Industry Network has initiated a project in collaboration with Norwegian Seaweed Farms on developing a brand for seaweed produced in Norway.
Arctic Mustard was our pilot customer and a great help in understanding our market and potential customer needs. Lofoten Blue Harvest supplies the seaweed that Arctic Mustard uses to make their unique brand of mustard. The company has a strong focus on locally produced food, and is one of the northernmost mustard producers in the world. They grow their own mustard seeds which, along with seaweed from Lofoten, make the mustard something truly special.
Hopen Fisk is a fish processing company that is known for their excellent high quality products of herring, fish roe and halibut. Our first trials of drying and packaging seaweed happened with the help of Hopen Fisk, and we also rented manpower from them the first year. Visitors flock to the store at Hopen Fisk to buy products straight from the production hall next door. The store is known far and wide as one of the best places to buy smoked halibut anywhere when it's in season.