08 Jun Redrose Developments
Sector: Seaweed nutrient capture
Redrose Developments Ltd was founded by Ann Ruddy as a multi-enterprise group. It has both commercial ambitions and a strong social conscience. With a diverse and talented team Redrose is undertaking a range of pursuits to ultimately provide wealth, employment and range of career opportunities for struggling rural coastal communities, whilst being aware of, and sympathic too environmental impacts.
There is a global awareness of the importance of marine resources, with oceans covering 70% of the planet’s surface. Healthy oceans are necessary to provide many basic resources to meet human needs. The ocean’s production of oxygen and proteins will be essential to sustain an ever expanding population struggling with a finite land mass.
Ireland has an opportunity to utilise the expansive coastline with its prized pristine waters of the Wild Atlantic. Through education, product creation, sea vegetation cultivation and processing at local levels, Redrose will also support tourism and provide much needed careers for the highly educated young people currently leaving such communities in search of opportunities currently not available in rural coastal areas of Ireland.
Redrose is escalating its capabilities to address all aspects of sustainable marine resource management. It has dedicated its business focus on one of Ireland’s most important natural resources…seaweed! All of our research and development is currently directed towards the sustainable development of seaweed.
Based on co-operations and frequent academic exchanges with reputable universities and institutes from home and abroad, Redrose is committed to developing new products and methodologies to meet the needs of the market, the consumer and the local communities who are the custodians of these precious resources.
They are involved in developing cutting-edge technologies to harness the benefits of seaweed and provide value-added products to support local economies and communities. We are driving the demand for high value Irish seaweed products through education and marketing, preparing people for an increased use of seaweed products now and into the future.
Supporting the development of new products, from food to pharma- and cosmeceuticals, and new cultivation methodologies to meet the needs of the national and global market.
The aim of Product Innovation is to strengthen rural coastal communities and allow them to compete on the global stage. Demand driven product innovation will create employment through the development and production of high quality products using extracts from Irish sea-plants.
They are working with partners to develop new technologies to harness some of the vast commercial potential of Irish seaweed. Energy efficient extraction and quality validation techniques help to produce many valued commodities from seaweed such as fucoidan, alginate, protein, iodine, minerals and calcium in scale-able quantities. By creating valued products using the high quality plants growing in the clear and pristine waters off the coast of Ireland, jobs and careers can be built in challenged regions where employment is scarce and infrastructure is poor. Once achieved, the model has global potential for most rural coastal locations.
Product innovation addresses a number of issues, not only the commercial potential of seaweed, but also the humanitarian issues surrounding the creation of jobs and the forthcoming protein shortage as the global population continues to expand. With some plants having in excess of 40% protein, sea-vegetables will become an increasingly important source of nutrients for human populations.
The known benefits of many of the bio-active ingredients from sea plants such as anti-toxin, antiseptic, anti-cancer, anti-aging are used for a wide range of cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications with many applications still to be identified. Through technological innovations we can start to realise some of the vast wealth that the oceans have to offer the human race.
By creating a range of food products and ingredients for both human and animal consumption, they can support many dietary requirements and provide an alternative source of protein, carbohydrate and minerals that do not need land or fresh water to be cultivated. This will become increasingly important as we go through climate change and sea level rises, losing many of our precious, fertile river deltas to flooding.