Fiona Houston, co-founder of Mara Seaweed, saw a lot of potential in the Scottish coastline.
“When I first started, you couldn’t get locally sourced seaweed,” she said.
She and co-founder Xa Milne wanted to sell seaweed as a replacement for salt. They launched Mara back in 2013.
“I literally started getting my wetsuit on and harvesting the seaweed myself,” said Houston.
The company has grown quite a bit since its founding, and has its own processing facility. But as the company has grown larger, so have tariff-related concerns.
“We currently are trading with America,” said Houston. “The hardest thing is when a tariff gets retrospectively put on your goals –– which happened recently –– which you aren’t expected and weren’t planning for.”
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