Islander Rathlin Kelp

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Case Study

On a beautiful island off the North East coast of Ireland, you'll find a highly innovative and environmentally responsible family owned business called Islander Seafood. For four generations the McFaul family have been fishing the shores of this beautiful island and in recent times moved into growing, harvesting and processing kelp using state of the art research and innovative sea farming techniques. It is the perfect conditions of the cool clear waters off Rathlin that allows the family to grow premium vegetable like the kelp with the potential application across a range of delicious culinary dished both in retail and food service.

Since joining the itradein platform, Islander Seafood have had opportunities to quote on trade requests for supply of kelp to buyers in their back yard; their home market of Ireland.

Through a sourcing request facilitated by itradein with Simply, a premium stock manufacturer in the Republic of Ireland, they have seen their kelp used in the manufacture of umami stocks for supply into retailers such as Marks and Spencer. Trading through itradein has helped them to conduct business in a structured and professional way as a small start up which has re-assured the buyer.


Kate Burns, Managing Director


Kate Burns, Managing Director believes that "without iTradein we wouldn’t have known about this fantastic customer a few hours drive away. It has allowed us to develop a supply agreement that will help us establish our farm and build strong foundations for future trades in target markets further afield, like Japan".