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GAELIC SALT; Gourmet product shakes food world.

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Foodie Natalie Crayton has won a worldwide army of fans for sea salt from Scotland.

Natalie's firm Hebridean Sea Salt is making expansion plans as chefs go crazy for her innovative flavours, like peat smoked and seaweed infused.

Isle of Lewis-based Natalie, 33, started the company in 2012 after discovering no one was commercially producing sea salt in Scotland. She now plans to up production of 200 packs a day to 2000, hoping to more than double her turnover to PS350,000.

She has invested PS160,000 in two salt pans. The stainless steel tanks boil sea water pumped from Loch Erisort that crystallises into salt flakes. Natalie set up home in the Western Isles after visiting eight years ago.

She said: "I was living in the Hebrides and looking for a business you could start and had I heard about an English company making sea salt but nobody in Scotland was.

"I thought there was a gap in the market so that's why I jumped at it." Craig Stevenson, of Braehead Foods, Kilmarnock, said: "We move a palette of Maldon sea salt a week but I'm positive that the provenance of Natalie's salt, its 100 per cent traceability and the sheer romance of her story means we will sell even more of it."

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Date:Jul 12, 2015
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