Hershey backs Chinese food company known for seaweed treats

Hershey backs Chinese food company known for seaweed treats

While once primarily savored in coastal communities, seaweed is quickly extending beyond the realm of regional delicacy – and it's easy to see why. Not only can this abundant plant enhance the flavor of popular dishes, it can also boost their nutritional value to boot. That being said, there are definitely areas of the world where seaweed is much more common as an ingredient, and the heavyweight brand Hershey's has just made a move to capitalize on this fact.

Recently, the online news outlet Quartz reported on a deal brokered by Hershey's to buy a major stake in the Chinese food company Golden Monkey, a business that has continually pushed the envelope with regard to innovative flavors in snack foods.

"Some of its most successful creations [...] include strawberry-flavored cheese chews and seaweed-flavored wafers," the source reports. 

Time will tell if this powerful partnership is contained to the Chinese market, or if Hershey's will take a few notes from Golden Monkey's book and introduce some exciting new tastes to their home base market in the United States. In the last few years, seaweed has been repeatedly tapped as a must-have ingredient in snack foods, haute cuisine and more. This plant can accommodate practically every dietary restriction while providing much needed nutrients that vegetarian and vegans may otherwise miss out on, and is perfect for kosher diets as well. 

We look forward to seeing how Hershey's new acquisition will change the brand, and whether seaweed nutrients make their way into its wide array of products. In the meantime, make the most of this plant yourself with Seagreens® Food Capsules, The Mineral Salt and the Culinary Ingredient, among our other nutritious offerings.

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