Almost 300 million tonnes of salt are produced in the world each year. This may be hard to believe, but bear in mind that salt has over 14,000 different areas of use. A vital commodity within agriculture, salt also saves lives on our roads and is used to produce pharmaceuticals, plastics and soap, de-calcify water and preserve and flavour food. Not only is salt fundamental to creating and saving lives, it also helps us enjoy life’s special moments.
We have been experts in salt for over 185 years. World Wars and global crises may have stood in our path, but we have always remained true to this essential mineral throughout. Our extensive knowledge and experience mean we are able to supply salt of the highest quality to markets all over the world. Salt that makes water softer, products harder, roads safer, agriculture more profitable and food tastier. Now in its fourth generation of ownership, the company is building on a tradition underpinned by stability, independence, supply security and product development. Giving our customers the best possible service is part of our DNA.
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Salty Facts #1
The world is one big crystal
Salt is a key ingredient in the story of humanity and the stories are infinite. Here are a selection (some of them can be taken with a pinch of salt!)
Salty Facts #2
We need around six grams of salt a day in order for our cells to function. This corresponds to roughly one teaspoon.
Salty Facts #3
The art of floating 422 metres below sea-level
It may be possible to float fairly comfortably in freshwater, but it’s far easier if the water is salty. Nowhere is this easier than in the Dead Sea, situated 422 metres below sea-level and with a salt content of 33.7 per cent.
Salty Facts #4
Food tastes better served with pre-historic salt
Rock salt was formed around 200 million years ago. It is extracted 800 metres under the ground.
Salty Facts #5
A portrait of poor fortune
As early as the 6th century BC, Pythagoras pointed out that spilling salt on the table brought bad luck. In Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work, The Last Supper, Judas can be seen knocking over a salt cellar while reaching for a bag of money.
Salty Facts #6
Saving the day
The Roman author, Pliny the Elder, coined the expression "with a pinch of salt" in around 70 AD. He concocted recipes for various antidotes to be ingested or prepared addito salis grano, that is, with a grain of salt.
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