Flor de Sal USA Announces Gourmet Merchants International Will be Distributing Necton S.A.’s Hand-harvested Sea Salts in the Southwest U.S.

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Flor de Sal USA announces that their products will now be available to gourmet, specialty and natural food stores via Gourmet Merchants International for the U.S. Southwest.

Flor de Sal USA announces that their products will now be available to gourmet, specialty and natural food stores via Gourmet Merchants International for the U.S. Southwest.

“We're excited and honored to have our products available through Gourmet Merchants - the Southwest U.S. has a number of gourmet, natural and specialty retailers that Gourmet Merchants can introduce to our line of products. These customers are best served through a local distributor that can support the products at the store level,” said Marco Pinheiro, Managing Partner of Flor de Sal USA.

“We're always on the lookout for great new products that can meet the needs of our customers,” stated Bob Chavelle, “with the growing interest in artisanal, specialty salts, we believe this will be a great product for our retail customers to meet the wants and needs of their customers.

About Necton's Products:

After the winter rains have ceased, and the birds have begun their journeys back north, the salt pans (salinas) of the Belamandil, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the European coastline, are ready to be harvested. During the summer months, weather permitting -- an absence of rainfall and a dry wind from the north -- the salinas are worked by local artisans, salt harvesters (marnotos). The marnotos, on a daily basis, skim the delicate crystals forming on the top of the salt pan by hand, with the same wooden implements that have been used for millenia. The resulting brilliantly white sea salt -- Flor de Sal – literally "the flower of salt" – also known as Fleur de Sel - is a light, crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth salt that maintains all the micronutrients naturally found in ocean water and has been described by many as having hints of sweetness and creaminess, without any of the harshness commonly associated with regular table salt.

Necton's Traditional Sea Salt (Sal Marinho Tradicional), similar to Flor de Sal, is harvested by hand, but only after the salt crystals have settled on the bottom of the salina. Every three weeks, the marnotos, using similar implements and techniques as with Flor de Sal, exercise great care in harvesting Sal Marinho Tradicional. These crystals, along with Flor de Sal, are placed in piles beneath the Algarve sun, where they are naturally dried, and then sent off for packaging, with no additional processing taking place.

About Flor de Sal USA:

Located in Seattle, WA, Flor de Sal USA was started in the summer of 2004 with the goal of bringing Necton's award winning salts to the U.S. marketplace, with plans to work directly with Necton to develop additional nature-based products which spring forth from the salt pans of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in southern Portugal.

Additional information on the products can be found at http://www.flordesal.net, or by contacting Flor de Sal USA by phone at (206) 407-3882.

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