Meet the Producers -
Isle of Man Salt Co.

For any newcomers, who are you and what do you do?

I’m Helen, founder of the Isle of Man Salt Co. I make hand-harvested sea salt from the pristine waters of the marine nature reserves surrounding our beautiful Island.

When did you establish your business?

In 2021 I did a soft launch at the Food and Drink Festival, after a few years of research and development trialing various methods of production.

What inspired you to begin?

We moved to the Isle of Man 7 years ago and I started making sea salt as a hobby after seeing the salt crystals drying in rock pools opposite our house in Port St Mary. 

How has your business grown since then?

Following the overwhelming demand at the Food and Drink Festival 2 years ago it was clear that there was a very high demand for my products both on and off the Island. However, I was really keen to move away from the traditional heating methods I was using for production due to soaring energy costs and the desire to find a more eco solution. I decided to completely switch my method to a 100% sustainable process using solar energy. It's been a huge learning curve but I’m pleased to say that our new solar production is up and running!

Where are you based and what does that community mean to you?

I’m based in Port St Mary; without the help from friends, family and neighbours I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today.

What does the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival mean to you?

Having been a visitor to the show for a few years, I was so proud to finally become an exhibitor and I’m really looking forward to returning with a fully sustainable product this year.

Which other local producer(s) are you most looking forward to seeing this year?

I love seeing the guys from Red Mie Farm - and have really enjoyed working with them recently on our Chilli Salt.

What’s on the horizon for your business?

Increasing production in order to supply the demand is the top of our agenda. We are also working on 2 new limited edition blends which will be ready for the Festival; Furikake, an unami packed Japanese salty, sesame and seaweed seasoning, and Super Seasoning, an all in one salt and pepper seasoning blend.

What is your signature dish/product?

Our Chilli Salt with Red Mie was extremely popular last year and didn't take long to sell out, so we have added this to our products for this year. I also can't forget our signature chocolate brownies, which always go down a treat!

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