“Uist Asco is a superb example of the strong and deep Scottish tradition of seaweed
harvesting on the island. I would like to acknowledge the achievements of Raghnall
Maclain, who, with the support of his family, has brought Uist Asco to this stage
“ We are very much looking forward to continuing this time-honoured tradition by
sharing our technologies, expertise and making the investments necessary to address
any challenges to ensure the local seaweed industry prospers.”
Acadian Seaplants said the takeover gives it a greater presence in Europe, further
complementing its operation in Kilkieran, Ireland.
“There will be tremendous synergies and sharing of personnel and expertise between
the two European and Canadian operations,” said the firm.
Raghnall MacIain of Uist Asco said: “We are very pleased with the level of investment
that Acadian Seaplants brings to Uist Asco and their support for the harvesting industry
in North Uist.
“We look forward to growth of both the company operations and the local seaweed industry.”
Acadian Seaplants Limited, based in Nova Scotia, Canada, is a global, bio-tech company
and the largest independent manufacturer of marine plant products of its type in
It is engaged primarily in the sustainable harvesting of wild seaweeds, in the development
of technologies to process these renewable resources into value-added finished products
and in the cultivation and processing of unique seaweeds, from the world’s largest
land based, commercial seaweed cultivation system.
The company produces products for global food and agricultural industries. Its value
added products are sold into health, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, food, brewery
and cosmetic markets; its agricultural business includes specialized animal feeds
and crop biostimulants and nutritional products.
Ninety-five percent of its products are exported to over 80 countries.
Canadian firm takes over Uist seaweed processor
12 June 2017
North Uist seaweed processor, Uist Asco, has been taken over by a Canadian company.
Acadian Seaplants - which acquired the island firm for an undisclosed sum - said
the move would boost the local seaweed industry.
Uist Asco specializes in the harvesting and processing of Ascophyllum nodosum and
has been operating for four years.
Jean-Paul Deveau of Acadian Seaplants said: “This region of Scotland has a long and
proud history of harvesting seaweed and creating jobs and economic growth from this