During the First World War, Russia felt an urgent need for various medicines, and in particular there was an acute shortage of iodine, which was vital in military hospitals and on the battlefields. The country's government decides to organize a large-scale iodine production in order to provide military units with the necessary amount of iodine.
For over 100 years, the enterprise, created during the First World War, has been producing unique and useful substances and supplements from the White Sea algae for human health and benefits.
By the decision of the Russian government, a group of scientists, headed by V.E. Tishchenko, professor of chemistry and organics at St. Petersburg University, examined algae reserves in the White and Barents Seas. Thanks to the results of a unique expedition, Academician Tishchenko developed a technology for producing iodine from seaweed.
A report on the results of the work of scientists was sent to Prince of Oldenburg A.P. - the chief of the sanitary and evacuation unit, who was entrusted with all the full power at the front and in the rear over medical, sanitary and evacuation institutions. Thus, in 1916-1918, on the shores of the White Sea in the city of Arkhangelsk, under the leadership of Professor Tishchenko and under the personal control of the Prince of Oldenburg, the Iodine Plant was being built.
The iodine plant in Arkhangelsk was put into operation. This is how the first reserves of iodine appeared in the North of Russia.
The iodine plant went through many reorganizations before it became the Arkhangelsk Algal Plant. A quiet stagnant period lasted for a very long time, when the plant produced three types of products, mainly for technical purposes. But the efforts and dedication of the smartest people of their time working at the plant, such as engineer V.K.Nizovkin, scientists Ksenia Petrovna Gemp and V.A.Vinogradov, theologian P.A.Florensky (Father Pavel), their ideas and developments did not disappear and were not forgotten.
The first samples of agar in the USSR were produced at the Iodine Plant in Arkhangelsk. In terms of purity and gelling ability, White Sea agar turned out to be better than its Japanese counterpart. Agar is widely used to this day for the production of marmalade, soufflé "Bird's milk", jelly and other sweet dishes.
Scientists have found that kelp algae contains especially a lot of Mannitol (10-15%).
In this regard, it was decided to create a mannitol workshop, where the substance was extracted from algae using ethyl alcohol, and the purified substance was clarified and repeatedly crystallized.
Mannitol (Latin mannitum, English mannitol) is an alcohol from the group of sugars, used in the medical industry for the production of drugs such as reogluman, reopolyglucin, mannitol solution for injection, diclofenac, etc.
The Arkhangelsk Agar Algae Plant launches the first and only alginate shop in the USSR.
After the launch of the production of alginate and mannitol at the Combine, environmental difficulties arose, since “harmful resin”, “dirty mother liquor” and “cooking salts” were obtained as illiquid large-tonnage waste. This waste, unknown by Russian scientists at that time, caused criticism from ecologists. The current situation significantly complicated the work of the enterprise, but did not stop it, and after several decades the plant receives confirmation from a Doctor of Technical Sciences from St. Petersburg that these very industrial waste are the richest useful substances!
Employee of the St. Petersburg Forest Technical Academy, Doctor of Technical Sciences Nekrasova V.B. sent to Arkhangelsk to try to deal with hazardous waste and solve a protracted difficult situation at the enterprise that helped the Russians to survive the First World War and the Great Patriotic War.
The most difficult thing was to realize that these "harmful waste" are actually unique, useful biologically active substances that can be used in medicine, cosmetology, technology. During this period, some technologies were supplemented and improved, for example, obtaining a copper complex of chlorophyll from kelp. The study of the chemical composition and approbation of the former "waste" in medicine, cosmetology, and technology was actively carried out. During this period, the plant received a new life and new grandiose production prospects.
The Arkhangelsk Algal Plant consciously reorganizes its production to produce medicines and substances, biologically active therapeutic and prophylactic food additives, feed additives, bioadditives for perfumery and cosmetics. The new stage of algal production coincided with the increased popularity and demand for eco-products all over the world.
To enter international markets, the management of the enterprise registered the SNOWSEA trademark. Today the Arkhangelsk Seaweed Plant is a time-tested enterprise with a 100-year history behind it, exclusive technologies for the extraction and processing of White Sea algae.
The huge production capabilities of the plant allow providing the largest companies in the world with the necessary raw materials.
We invite pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and agricultural enterprises to cooperate.