Acadian Seaplants Limited

Acadian Seaplants Limited

Acadian Seaplants Limited is a fully-integrated, diversified, technology-based manufacturer of quality, natural plant and crop input products, animal feed supplements, cultivated sea-vegetables and functional ingredients derived from select species of marine plants. Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL) is a globally recognized industry leader in the processing of seaweed-based products for food, biochemical, agricultural and agri-chemical markets worldwide and in the cultivation and processing of unique seaweeds for Asian and global food markets.

Company details

30 Brown Avenue , Dartmouth , Nova Scotia B3B 1X8 Canada
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Crop Cultivation
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Several noteworthy aspects of our operations include: the advanced methods used to harvest seaweeds as a sustainable, renewable resource and the technologies created to process the natural seaweed resources into value-added, premium products for sale in exacting international markets. These activities have brought knowledge-based employment to Atlantic Canada, Ireland and Scotland and environmentally safe benefits to the global users of our finished products.

With the founding of Acadian Seaplants in 1981, a new Canadian industry was launched.

Acadian Seaplants is a fully-integrated, biotech company that is responsible for every stage of its operation from the sustainable harvesting and cultivation of marine plants, applied and fundamental research, technology development and engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance to market development, sales and technical customer support.

We have searched the world to assemble a strong, highly motivated and internationally-recognized team that are all uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of competition in global, technology-based industries.

Acadian Seaplants is a world-class Canadian company - and a world leader in its respective industries - that has placed Canada on the international seaweed map. view more»

Scientific Pursuits


Acadian Seaplants enjoys a long and successful history of studying and processing marine plants in Atlantic Canada. Our innovative approach has resulted in the development of a wide array of seaweed cultivation, marine plant extraction and product manufacturing processes that are unique in the world. In the process, we have advanced both the fundamental and applied scientific study of seaweeds and are responsible, in real terms, for advancing on a global scale, the understanding of the physiology and processing of seaweeds and their benefits. Given the technical nature of the research work conducted at Acadian Seaplants, we have assembled an expert and world-renowned scientific team. In addition to the company's technical personnel, we work with local, regional and international research partners as required.

Innovation is the basis for sustainable competitive advantage in our industries, and success hinges on our ability to build and maintain excellent technical relationships. Keeping our innovation pipeline full is crucial to developing unique, first-to-market products for the global and technical industries we serve.

Acadian Seaplants invests a significant portion of its annual revenues in research and development. Our science, technology and research programs focus on:

  • Product and Process Development
  • Product Applications Research
  • Marine Resource Management
  • Marine Plant Cultivation and Research
  • Technical Support for Customers

Quality Assurance

The wonderful diversity of marine plant life offers many unique opportunities. This is reflected in the diverse technologies used by Acadian Seaplants in the creation of numerous and unique products for global agricultural, food and food chain industries. These markets have very demanding quality and food safety standards and our success is evidence of our ability to meet these standards.

Our GMP+HACCP certifications provide our seaweed ingredients' customers with third-party assurance of product quality and safety. We also take great pride in our ability to satisfy the exacting Japanese food market. Our dedicated team of Quality Assurance professionals work diligently with our manufacturing, sales, and technical teams to continuously enhance our ability to 'wow' our customers, and keep them coming back for the best marine plant products available.

Our Company Has TWO Divisions To address the global and diverse demand for science-proven seaweed-derived products, Acadian Seaplants developed two separate business divisions based on how our products are used.

Acadian Plant HealthTM Division is responsible for the research and development, production, marketing and sales of plant and crop biostimulants and nutritional products for global agricultural and horticultural markets.  The Deveau Center processing facility is in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.

Human and Animal WellnessTM Division is responsible for the research and development, production, marketing and sales for the following departments:    

  • The Food Science Department featuring its unique cultivated marine plants for global food markets. The cultivation and food processing site is in Charlesville, Nova Scotia.
  • The Animal Science Department starring its animal feed supplements which derive specific benefits and target specific animals in global agricultural markets. The processing plants are located in Pennfield, New Brunswick and Kilkieran, Ireland.
  • The Specialty Seaweed Ingredients Department showcasing its marine plant functional ingredients for global health, nutriceutical, cosmetic and brewery markets. The processing operation is in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.