Written by Emily Ballard | Photos by Anthony Harden
Celtic Sea Salt’s Selina Delangre didn’t exactly wake up one day and decide to get into the natural foods business. It turned out to be a destined journey.
Delangre sits at the helm of a company that was started over 40 years ago by one man with a mission to educate people on the health benefits of a high mineral sea salt. Salt, of course, is a commodity that people around the world are familiar with; in homes everywhere, salt shakers reside on dining tables and kitchen counters, and recipes call for various measurements of this savory mineral, a pinch of salt here, a dash of salt there, all ways of adding to our culinary experimentation and enjoyment in efforts of enhancing flavor.
But this everyday staple has a much deeper story behind it, and the Delangre family in Asheville has made this story their own. Over the years their company has grown, evolved, and certainly seen its share of hardships. Selina, as CEO of Celtic Ocean International, Inc., the parent company of Selina Naturally and the Celtic Sea Salt brand, feels that she was destined on this path.
She and the company have persevered through financial hardships, business relocation across the country, divorce, floods, deaths, and lawsuits. Instead of throwing in the towel, they have risen above each challenge with the gusto and enthusiasm needed to survive—traits that flow from Selina’s personality.
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