Seagriculture USA

11 - 12 September 2024

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Seaweed as a very important source of nutrition and also potentially just as important in achieving our sustainability goals

Piet Bogaert, Cargill Food & Bio Innovation Leader, Cargill, Belgium

About the speaker:

Cargill (different locations):   

-    Cargill Food & BioInnovation Leader

-    Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers: R&D Director; Regional Product & Process Development EMEA Leader &  Global Centre of Expertise Textures Leader

-    Cargill Texturizing Solutions: global product & process development manager polysaccharides (starches, fruit extracts, seaweed extracts, locust bean gum, xanthan,..).

-    Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate: EMEA product & process development manager.

Tate & Lyle (Aalst, BE):  


Agrotechnological Research Institute (Wageningen, NL):     

1997:    Doctor in Applied Biological Sciences; chemistry. 

University Ghent; BE & ATO-DLO Wageningen; NL

1994:    Bio-engineer chemistry

University of Gent “Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences; BE



Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, they help people thrive by applying their insights and over 150 years of experience.

Cargill has 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. More detailed information can be found on www.cargill.com.

Agriculture: They buy, process and distribute grain, oilseeds and other commodities to makers of food and animal nutrition products. They also provide crop and livestock producers with products and services.

Food: They provide food and beverage manufacturers, foodservice companies and retailers with high-quality ingredients, meat and poultry products, and health-promoting ingredients and ingredient systems. 

Financial: Theyr provide agricultural, food, financial and energy customers around the world with risk management and financial solutions. 

Industrial: Cargill serves industrial users of energy, salt, starch and steel products. They also develop and market sustainable products made from agricultural feedstocks. They also develop and market sustainable products made from agricultural feedstocks.

Cargill Food Solutions is a leading supplier of gelling and thickening agents as well as emulsifiers, focusing on supplying the global food, beverage and non-food industries. 


Seaweed has always played an important role as a food. In addition to the traditional macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, oils), it contains many other molecules that contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. It will continue to play this role in the coming decades/centuries. These same molecules can and are increasingly being used in non-food applications. This concerns seaweed that is not suitable for human or animal food.

This lecture will be about the newer applications of seaweed as an alternative to petrochemical chemicals as fertilizer, packaging material, bio-stimulant, … or in the electronics industry.