East Neuk enterprise

Fund raiser under way to revive sea salt mission

Darren Peattie: ‘we have worked extremely hard’

A former care worker has returned to his home patch with an ambition to develop his fledgling sea salt business which is already supplying Michelin star chefs and chocolatiers.

Darren Peattie spent 18 years working in a variety of jobs around the UK and has returned to East Neuk to bring sea salt harvesting back to the area.

St Monan’s local Darren Peattie, whose family has lived in the area for more than 200 years, established the East Neuk Salt Company 14 months ago and has launched a crowdfunding bid to raise £28,450.

Initial batches of the hand-harvested salt have been used by Michelin star chef Billy Boyter of The Cellar in Anstruther, the Federation of Scottish Chefs, and Sophie Latinis of the Pittenweem Chocolate Company.

Ms Latinis said: “Not only is the quality of product from the East Neuk Salt Company extremely good, it is also produced just up the road from us and supporting local producers and suppliers is one of our core values.

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“We used the salt in our dark chocolate shards and are excited about the prospect of using it more widely in our bars when they go into full production.”

Mr Peattie has already raised £6,175 and hopes to raise the remainder by 12 October which will allow the business to acquire the final pieces of equipment needed to produce salt at scale, including a 2,500 litre Vacuum Evaporator and Crystalliser beds.

The business will be the only hand-harvested producer of gourmet sea salt on mainland Scotland and will produce up to two tonnes of hand harvested salt per month when production is up and running.

Mr Peattie said; “It was on a family walk at the Salt pans one day that the idea came to me to bring back salt harvesting to the East Neuk. Since that day we have worked extremely hard, with the support of many people in our community, to realise this idea.  

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