Senior Product Developer
Seamore might just be Europe’s hottest (or coolest) food startup, as we are turning seaweed into an everyday food. Why? Because it’s tasty, our planet’s original superfood and the most sustainable food available to man. By presenting seaweed as foods we already know and love – seaweed pasta, bacon, wraps and bread – we have managed to do what no one has done before: to get (normal) people to eat seaweed. Key in this? Product development. That’s where you come in.
To make seaweed an everyday food, it needs to get close to food we already know and love. Seamore designs seaweed-based products, creates prototypes and outsources production to specialized producers. We source our own seaweed that is used in the process. The mission for product development can be divided in these challenges:
- Concept – A product needs to solve somebody’s problem. Remove a pain or bring a gain. And it should simultaneously fit with Seamore’s mission. A winning concept solves the entire puzzle and is a great story at the same time. Product development needs to be a holistic exercise.
- Cook – Food is about the joy of eating. Flavors, ingredients, texture, smell, experience. Seaweed should bring more than nutritional benefits, it should help create great food. And although we strive to create products that are as close to nature as possible, technology still plays a crucial role in creating the food of the future. How do you create a plant-based tuna. Or build a tortilla wrap with seaweed that behaves like a normal wrap? As a small company, we don’t have the develop every solution but know where to find it and apply it.
- Source – Partners and external knowledge are everything. We can design anything, but eventually it will have to be produced. How are products currently made and where can we make a positive difference? Who will be a great partner and how do we work together? Which collaborations are possible and how do we find and source the right ingredients?
- Manage – Creating winning products is a complicated process with numerous variables. Product development is necessarily also about managing that process, with all the players and constraints