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  • The 4 advantages of sea salt for organic products

    posted on by Zoutman

    Organic products are the big thing right now. Both in restaurants and at home, sustainability and pure products have been a hot topic in recent years. However, this also means that competition between organic producers is at an unprecedented level. That’s why it is essential to extend your company’s sustainable philosophy to the smallest details, for example by using high-quality sea salt instead of conventional kitchen salt (vacuum salt). We outline 4 specific advantages.

    Sea salt vs vacuum salt

    To get the most out of this article, it is important to understand the difference between sea salt and vacuum salt. They both consist of sodium and chloride, but sea salt and conventional kitchen salt have a very different extraction process.

    For sea salt, natural seawater is evaporated in salt basins. The heat from the sun and wind help the water evaporate, forming a salt crust which is subsequently harvested. On the other hand, to extract vacuum salt, brine from underground salt deposits is brought to the surface to be chemically purified, evaporated and crystallised into fine salt granules.

    Sea salt vs sea salt

    Precisely because sea salt is extracted from seawater, it contains slightly more natural impurities (such as grains of sand or shell fragments) than vacuum salt. As a result, there are also major differences in quality and purity between the types of sea salt available.

    MARSEL®, for example, the sea salt from Belgian manufacturer ZOUTMAN, stands out as it is refined using state-of-the-art techniques. This means that MARSEL® sea salt rivals the purity of vacuum salt, and at the same time offers all the advantages of sea salt. The following advantages are therefore specifically applicable to high-quality sea salt such as MARSEL®.

    1.     No additives

    When sea salt is refined, the raw salt crystals are only washed with pure water. In other words, unlike the refining process for vacuum salt, no chemical substances are used. In addition, anti-caking agents are usually added to vacuum salt. That’s not necessary for sea salt such as MARSEL®. The crystal structure of the sea salt prevents clumps from forming. So there are no ‘E’ numbers indicated on the packaging of this organic product! This is a future-oriented and strategic choice, because more and more retailers are banning products that contain additives.

    2.     Low CO2 impact

    People who buy organic products usually do so for two reasons: their own health, but above all the well-being of the environment. The fact that sea salt extraction has a smaller CO2 impact in comparison with vacuum salt is clearly an extra bonus in that respect. To obtain vacuum salt – the conventional kitchen salt – much more energy is required. In addition, soil layers are excavated in the process, which damages the environment. Sea salt, on the other hand, is happy to use natural forces in the form of sun and wind. The perfect addition to your sustainable philosophy.

    3.     Stimulate your sales

    How do you stand out from your competitors selling organic products? With the taste of your products of course. Sea salt gives you a helping hand. Especially in uses where coarser grains of salt are needed, you can really taste the difference between sea salt and vacuum salt. Sea salt is nice and crunchy, creating an unrivalled taste sensation in your mouth.

    Moreover, various studies have shown that consumers experience sea salt as tastier, healthier and more sustainable than traditional vacuum salt in any case. More and more food producers are making good use of this by incorporating ‘sea salt’ on the packaging as an advantage.


    4.     The right grain size for every use

    When sea salt is extracted, coarse, irregular salt crystals are formed. What is the advantage? During refining, sea salt can be broken up as fine or as coarse as you wish, unlike vacuum salt. That way, you can obtain the right grain size for every product. Whether you season snacks with it, complement your spice mix, season sourdough bread to taste or any other product you want to give an extra kick: you can easily use sea salt for every purpose.

    Sea salt is therefore clearly a sustainable and tasty choice for your organic products. So why doesn’t MARSEL® have an organic label yet? For the simple reason that salt cannot be certified as an organic product yet, because it hasn’t been included in the organic specifications. This will be possible in Europe from 1 January 2021. You will then be able to combine the taste and versatility of sea salt with a guarantee of organic origin.

    But you can already take your organic products to the next level with natural sea salt. Discover the possibilities of MARSEL® for your company.

  • Switching to sea salt as a food business: What you need to know

    posted on by Zoutman

    For many years now, sea salt has been the preferred type of salt for upgrading food products. Consumers experience products containing sea salt as having better quality and being more authentic and eco-friendlier. And yet, many food businesses continue to work with vacuum or rock salt because historically these salts have been more readily available. Thanks to innovative players in the market, however, sea salt is now more easily available than ever. This is why food businesses that fully switch over to sea salt reap the benefits.

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  • How ready-to-use salt brine helped automate margarine producer Aigremont

    posted on by Zoutman

    Oils and fats are products with a narrow profit margin, so manufacturers can only maintain their market position by automating. Margarine and fats producer Aigremont recently carried out a comprehensive optimisation of its production processes. As a result, salt, an essential ingredient in margarine, was replaced by salt brine – a decision that was quickly extended to their water softeners. “The added value of salt brine is unrivalled”, claims the margarine factory.

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  • Ready-to-use salt brine from ZOUTMAN wins over Aveno

    posted on by Zoutman

    Aveno is well-known producer of oils, fats and margarines. The thriving food company had been hampered by limited capacity at its former production site in Vlaardingen in the Netherlands for some time. As such, it invested in a brand new production facility in the port of Antwerp in 2017. All the machinery was relocated, except for the brining machine, which was not reinstalled. And it is still not up and running a year and a half later, since the temporary solution provided by ZOUTMAN has been to everyone’s liking. The ready-to-use brine from the Roeselare-based company outperforms the brining machine in terms of cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness. Read more

  • MARSEL® 0-0.2 – Perfectly fluid sea salt with ultra fine grain size

    posted on by Zoutman

    More and more food companies are finding their way to MARSEL® 0-0.2, the food-grade salt from ZOUTMAN with an ultra fine grain of 150 to 300 μm. This unique product responds to a real need within the industry: perfect fluid sea salt that can be used for various automated processes, while also being an interesting alternative for vacuum salt.

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