Flor de Sal USA is Awarded Minority Business Status by the State of Washington

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After review by Washington state's Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, Flor de Sal USA was granted acceptance into the state program, as of January 19th, 2006.

Flor de Sal USA is awarded Minority Business Status by the State of Washington. After review by Washington state's Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, Flor de Sal USA was granted acceptance into the state program, as of January 19th, 2006.

“We’re excited to be part of this program and believe it will open up many new opportunities for us in the marketplace," said Marco Pinheiro, Managing Partner.

Pinheiro continued, "We appreciate the state's willingness to grant us this certification, as it will allow us to further introduce our products to the marketplace here in the U.S."

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.

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 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.

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