Seaweed company AgriSea New Zealand knows a lot about adversity, so perhaps it was par for the course that dairy prices plunged just as the business reins were handed to the founders' kids.

Pasture and animal nutrition for the dairy industry was a mainstay of the Paeroa-based business, so the 2015 dairy downturn was a gut punch for Tane and Clare Bradley, who had just taken over the daily running of the family-owned company.

They had to let go nine of their 30 staff and close a seaweed brewing and fermenting plant in Gisborne. Tane Bradley still gets queasy recalling

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