About AKUA

AKUA creates foods that can feed the planet sustainably while reversing climate change, and restoring health to our world's oceans. All of our products are made from ocean-farmed kelp, which is one of the most healing and healthy forms of food on the planet. And we’re in the business of making seaweeds - or, as we like to say - seagreens - taste delicious.

Our Supply Chain

Kelp farming is a zero-input crop that requires no fresh water, no fertilizer, no feed, and no arid land to grow. Kelp also filters carbon and nitrogen from the water, and creates new jobs for our coastal communities. We source our seagreens from a network of regenerative ocean farms along the Northeast coast of the USA. The first seaweed we are working with is a variety of Kelp called Saccharina Latissima.

Kelp for Your Health

Kelp - a brown macroalgae - is overflowing with Vitamins such as Vitamins A, B6, E, K, as well as Zinc, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, & Iron.

In fact, one bag of Kelp Jerky contains 150% DV of Vitamin B2, 80% Vitamin B1, 70% of Iron, 35% Vitamin D, 25% Magnesium, and many more. Kelp is also one of the best sources of Iodine that helps to support a healthy thyroid and metabolism.

Bonus: Seaweeds support your body’s ability to absorb water!

Our Process

  • Our ocean farm structure is set into the ocean.

  • Spores are picked up from the hatchery on spools.

  • Spools of spores are then transferred to the farm site on a boat.

Our Process

  • In the autumn, the farmer ‘plants the spores’ onto the farm.

  • She applies spools of spores to 3D ocean farm model and submerges spores onto the farm.

  • The farm is checked weekly throughout the winter including the weather and water temperature, and the crop density.

Our Process

  • Our kelp harvest occurs between April - June as the water warms up.

  • Lines are brought up from the water and kelp is cut from the lines and placed into bins on a boat, ready to be transferred to our processing facility.

Our Process

  • At the processing facility, kelp is blanched, frozen, and packaged, and shipped to our production facility.

  • At the production facility, our kelp is blended with shiitake mushrooms and other superfood ingredients.

Our Process

  • Our kelp jerky mixture is then dehydrated.

  • Spices are then added and taste tested, then our Kelp Jerky is bagged, sealed and ready for shipment!

Team

We are a team of founders and farmers, Kelp Queens and Kelp Kings.

Courtney Boyd Myers

Co-Founder, CEO & CMO

An avid kitesurfer, swimmer, & rebel mermaid at heart, CBM is happiest in flippers or bare feet. She is "mostly vegan" but being married to a Frenchman means every once in a while, she sneaks in some fine cheese!

Matthew Lebo

Co-Founder, COO & CFO

When not behind a computer Matt can usually be found getting his clothes dirty outside -- anywhere from the garden to the back of a motorcycle. He eats a plant forward diet, but mixes in a bit of everything - your classic "reducitarian".

Eve Palmer

Brand & Sales Manager

While Marketing is Eve's greatest passion, she's also a strong environmentalist and advocate for the plant-based movement. On the weekends, she loves running around Brooklyn trying all of the interesting vegan food NYC has to offer. On weekdays she eats mostly Kelp Burgers. 🙂

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