Meet the Producers #14
𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲: Laure Boutrais
Business Name: ABSORB
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁? I Sell fermented foods and drinks, particularly Water Kefir and Sauerkraut
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝘄𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁? Started during lock down Summer 2020 and I attend every other week.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀?
I qualified as a Naturopathic Nutrition Consultant in 2017. While completing the course at the School of Naturopathic Nutrition, I discovered the health benefits of fermented foods and
drinks, particularly Water Kefir.
I have since mastered the art of brewing Water Kefir, adding fruits, herbs and flowers to produce a range of natural flavours. I also make Sauer kraut and supply salt products like Gomasio (sesame salt).
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂?
10 minutes meditation, go for a run, admin and marketing for the business, produce and prepare for markets and shop orders, some healthy foods along the way: a green smoothie for breakfast, a nutritious salad for lunch and a lovely warming meal for dinner and lots of herbal teas and water throughout the day! Catching up with friends or family in the evening around a nice glass of Kefir!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂?
"I thought water kefir was only a dairy product? tell me a bit more about water kefir!" yep, this one is vegan, with 15 strains of probiotics and B vitamins, it much more pleasant to drink than the dairy version.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘅?
I find connecting to nature very relaxing, going for a walk, gardening, being with animals but also grounding in meditation, yoga or an epsom salts bath.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝗯? I love sharing my knowledge with customers about health and nutrition and being able to support them with a product I make myself that can help with their digestion, energy, immunity and wellbeing.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗳𝘂𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄?
I love playing funky tunes on my saxophone!
𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱/𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆:
I come from Normandy and my parents are very close to the land and traditions, growing veg, making cider. I came to Wales in 1995 as part of an EU exchange to gain work experience after my diploma in Economics and had my first placement at the WDA. I then worked in several companies in South Wales in Logistics but was dying to learn more about health and nutrition and that's how I started the business through learning about fermented food and drinks within my course. I still have a part time job and I have 2 teenage boys, one of which is going to train in France to become a blacksmith!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱?
The Water kefir original is a great all-around drink that can be drunk on its own at any time of the day or mixed with fresh juice. It is refreshing, boosting and will ease most digestive discomforts as well as reinforce the immune system, but the best seller is the Ginger & Lemon!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻?
Travelling abroad again, visiting my family back in France
𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 – 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲?
Plans are to spread the word about the benefits of drinking water kefir and consuming more fermented foods. I want to be part of the health revolution and realisation that the only way to save our world is by reconnecting with nature, with ourselves and be part of a community that can support each other. I am hoping to run workshops again around gut health and open up my non-alcoholic bar at HQ, the Bridge Studios with kefir, kombucha and mocktails!