Words of the President

Setexam is a Family-owned business that provides innovative, unique products to the Food, Biotech, Cosmetic, and Pharmaceutical industries...




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Naturally marine

Vegetal Materials

Ocean mysteries promote scientific development and resources exploitation which is of great importance to the world's economic and scientific development ...




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Agar processing beyond

traditional project work

Since its cration in the sixties in field of seaweeds processing, Setexam is making rigorous efforts for the developement of its know-how related to the sustainable exploitation of these marine resources ...




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The food world

Revolutionary agar has worldwide properties particularly in combination with sugar. it is considered as being the best gelling agent for the production of consistent gelling confectionery with diverse ...




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The Microbiology world

Centuries of agar use as a solid matrix of culture media for micro-organisms associated with constant research and innovation in terms of new agar grades have led to the improvement of the performance of ...




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Our History




Setexam  is a family -- owned business established in 1960 with a view to producing Agar -- Agar of the highest quality and consistency for food applications and pharmaceutical.

These rich biomasses are selectively spread in all the oceans and in particular on the Atlantic coast of Morocco which constitutes an ideal biotope for the growth of the « Gelidium Sesquipedale » species.

Thus, to illustrate the development and the right exploitation of these resources, Setexam has many achievements in its credit, such as investing in developing a local efficient infrastructure for the harvesting and packaging of gelidium using special boats, trained divers, special net drying areas, dedicated warehouses, etc…

Since its creation in the sixties, Setexam is making efforts for the development of its know -- how related to the sustainable exploitation of these marine resources and is able to process seaweeds offering several types of agar with different gelling properties, thickening ability, instantaneous dissolution using modern technology such as an automated system at the production site as well as good manufacturing practices, management systems: ISO, HACCP and latest information technologies.

Setexam business decisions considering preserving environmental resources have always been a part of the bottom line. Being responsible in every aspect of business decision making not only helps to produce the highest -- quality products, but also demonstrates to customers a shared commitment to the products they bring to market.




  Historical  

1960      Setexam was founded and specialized in the harvesting of seaweeds destined to export.
1968      An agar-agar extraction plant with a production capacity of 100 tons / year of food grade agar was
                estabilished with the technical assistance of Japanese partners.
1985      Creation of a seaweeds harvesting organization by the seaweeds boats on all the Moroccan coasts.
1988      A completely renovated and automated factory for the production of different agar qualities namely the
                bacteriological grade agar.
1992      Initiation of ISO 9002 certification.
1993      Invention of the Quick Soluble Agar.
1997      Initiation of HACCP certification.
2000      Obtaining ISO 9002 certificate.
2001      Renewal of ISO 9002 certificate.
2002      Initiation of ISO 9001 (version 2000).
2003      Obtaining ISO 9001 (version 2000).
2003      Obtaining the Amcham certificate.
2003      Obtaining ISO 9001 (version 2000).
2003      Obtaining the Amcham certificate.
2003      Obtaining ISO 9001 (V.2000) certificate.
2007      Renewing of ISO 9001 (V.2000) certificate.
2009      Renewing of ISO 9001 (V.2008) certificate.
2009      Obtaining Organic certificate.
2012      Renewing of ISO 9001 (V.2008) certificate.
2014      Obtaining of health certificate by ONSSA.
2015      Obtaining ISO 22000 (V. 2006) certificate.
2015      Renewing of ISO 9001 (V.2008) certificate.

          Skills           



         Agar-agar is extracted from seaweeds belonging to the family of rhodophyceae. In spite of the importance of this group of seaweeds in the marine botanical life attaining more than 10.000 species, agar-agar is contained only in few defined ones such as :

- Gelidium
- Gracilaria


         Because of the reduced size of these agarophyte from 10 to 35 cm, the harvesting and collecting of these seaweeds can only be done manually by specialized divers going to 10 m deep during summer only, or by pulling out during the high tides of equinox.The seaweeds which contain agar-agar or agarophyte are distributed in all over the world in areas favourable to their growth. Thus, the large known natural layers of Gelidium are situated on the Atlantic coasts from south Morocco to south France, whereas those of Gracilaria are localized on the coast of Chili, South Korea, Japan and Argentina.



Our Product

Agar-Agar


What is Agar - Agar ?

Agar agar can be called simply agar, « kanten » in Japan or china grass in east Asia, Ceylon moss, E406 ... whose name comes from the Malaysian and denotes the jelly that it allows to obtain, does not lack nicknames more or less secants. It is found from a red alga (gelidium sesquipedale or Gracilaria).

Agar had jellifying properties for desserts (pudding, pies, tarts, cookies, pastries, cheesecakes…), jelly candy, soups, sauce… and does not give any shading, flavour, or smell to the nourishment which it is added.

This same property proves to be a considerable asset when transporting goods by allowing greater flexibility in controlling the temperature.

Furthermore, in microbiology applications, centuries of agar use as a solid matrix of culture media for micro -- organisms associated with constant research and innovation in terms of new agar grades have led to the improvement of the performance of specific culture media, It offers well -- proven advantages among which its easy use in special applications in tissue cultures, gel duplication in dentistry, moulding in ceramics, etc...

Some of the agar characteristics are dissolution properties, high capacity of water retention, bright texture for firm gels, thickening as well as unique hysteresis which allows stabilizing several dairy applications. Agar could replace advantageously and efficiently animal gelatine.


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Quality

Quality & innovation mission


We are guided by our commitment to :

  • Excellence in customer service.
  • Excellence in research, innovation and creation of knowledge.
  • Meeting the distinctive needs of customers worldwide.
  • Promotion of an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Intellectual and professional development of staff.
  • Diversity in employed staff.
  • Maximum interaction with the public-sector, private sector organizations and companies.
  • Active engagement in the public discourse about the social and ethical responsibilities of business.
  • Increase knowledge and use of quality management tools among Setexam staff.
  • Increasigly involve our Shereholder, internal and external, in defining the needs and expectations in the context of which we define our mission and measure our performance.
  • The development of appropriate assessment measures and key performance indicators are responsive to customers needs and facilitate continual improvement.


  • Environment

    Promoting environmental management


    Aims and Scope:

    Setexam main objective is to focus on an integrated environment planning and management system. Environmental goals for sustainable development are :

  • Assuring ecosystem integrity
  • Sustainable development and conservation
  • Implementation of an environmental Management system and acquiring ISO 14001 Certificate
  • Environmental planning using an integrated and a precautionary approach
  • Natural resource planning, protection and management
  • Achieving environmental quality through identified developed environmental indicators
  • Address air and water quality, soil contamination, wastes reduction and recycling
  • Referring to and complying with environmental policy, guidelines, Acts and local and global legislation.


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    Words of the President


                      Setexam is a Family-owned business that provides innovative, unique products to the Food, Biotech, Cosmetic, and Pharmaceutical industries.

    Our vision is simple. We are seeking to be the leading agar innovator - passionate about providing wholesome, pure and natural agar brands.

    To achieve this, we will make every effort to be invest in the latest technology and we will continue to update our daily work organization and endeavour to improve our chain supply at every stage.

    The commitment of our team is to meet all the actual needs and to follow up and anticipate your future requests which are of importance to our organization and we want to achieve shared success by working together in partnership with our customers.

    We thank you for your support and for your confidence in us.


    WE APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS.
    Dr. Rachid LEBBAR.
    CEO


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    Naturally marine, vegetal Materials


                      Ocean mysteries promote scientific development and resources exploitation which is of great importance to the world's economic and scientific development. Some of these marine resources are the seaweeds. This biomass richness is selectively spread in all the oceans and in particular on the Atlantic coast of Morocco which constitutes an ideal biotope for the growth of the Gelidium Sesquipedale Species.

    To illustrate the developpment and the right exploitation of these resources, Setexam has many achievements in its credit, such as investing in developing a local efficient infrastructure for the harvesting and packaging of Gelidium using special boasts, trained divers, special net drying areas, dedicated warehourses, etc ... as well as implementing an international network for sourcing the best selected quality seaweeds locally and globally.


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    Agar processing beyond

    traditional project work


                      Since its cration in the sixties in field of seaweeds processing, Setexam is making rigorous efforts for the developement of its know-how related to the sustainable exploitation of these marine resources and is able toprocess seaweeds offering several types of agar with different gelling properties, thickening ability, instantaneous dissolution, etc... . This developement of the know-how is translated in opting for the latest, best "State of the Art" technology which consists of modern technology such as an automated system at the production site as well as good manufacturing practices, Management systems : ISO, HACCP, latest information technologies ect... to ensure continuous efficient production of the world's purest, highest quality and safe agar products.


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    The food world

    The confectionery world :

                      Revolutionary agar has worldwide properties particularly in combination with sugar. It is considered as being the best gelling agent for the production of consistent gelling confectionery with diverse properties such as short texture, bright aspect, clear cut and a unique flavour release. All of these factors contribute in developing unique versile food recipes.

    Setexam was able to expand its range of agar products to achieve higher quality products to enable confectionery companies to take advantage of an exciting new range of products.

    Setexam has shaken up the confectionery manufacturing field by conceriving a wide range of gelling agents: Gelagar ® , Setgel ® and Setgum ® which could be used in combination with other hydrocolloids and polyols. This optimises flavour and contibutes to product texture diversification, consistency and bright texture, enhancing thus infinite possibilities.

    Dairy and agar : the perfect match

                      Some of the agar characteristics are dissolution properties, high capacity of water retention, bright texture for firm gels, thickening as well as unique hysteresis which allows stabilizing several dairy applications. Agar could replace advantageously and efficiently animal gelatine either in set or stirred yoghurt, in stabilising milk desserts, cream cheese, etc….

    Setexam is developing these characteristics to match dairy industry constraints by incorporating high quality products such as Quick Soluble agar®, Setgel® and Setgum® to be solely used in or in combination with other hydrocolloids to enhance a wide range of stabilizers to come up with consumers needs in providing efficient solutions to every single dairy application.

    Finest rich assortment
    Pastry with agar

                      Bakery products based agar has already access to a large worldwide market with substantial demand for new agar texture properties. Setexam has made great progress to ensure the development of an agar with properties from firm and strong gel to thick fluid solutions, namely “Thixotropic agar”. This high quality functional product provides new solutions for the preparation of thick bright gels which gives a stable texture with a natural mouth feel. Moreover, this innovated product could be used with other hydrocolloids leading to a variety of textures obtaining thus excellent products for filing, icing, glazing, etc … .

    Tasty treats: desserts

                      Setexam offers many selective recipes of a highly distinctive taste and mouth feel savoury desserts using agar in many applications as cakes, tortes, pies, tarts, cookies, bread, pastries, cheesecakes, quick and easy recipes, international recipes, holiday recipes, candy recipes and various recipes ideal for any celebration.

    Setexam is always seeking to develop new recipes to be added to its innovation list on a regular basis and most of these recipes are displayed with a picture of the finished product which will be helpful for both the baker and the new product developer.


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    The Microbiology world

    Microbiology applications

                      Centuries of agar use as a solid matrix of culture media for micro-organisms associated with constant research and innovation in terms of new agar grades have led to the improvement of the performance of specific culture media and Setexam is one of the leaders in this undustry. Through it's comprehensive approach, Setexam provides effective answers and solutions for special and routine bactriological laboratory analyses and remains committed to providing the highest quality purified form of agar-agar for uses in bacteriological applications at very competitive rates.

    Owing to its high gelling power and it's vegetal origin, Puragar® constitutes a natural non-toxic matrix for the applications of culture media in microbiology and tissue cultures fields, In addition to its limpid solution, clear gel, resistance to autoclaving and its non degradation by enzymes, Puragar extends its application to many other critical scientific disciplines.