Plant-based fish is the new trend, following years of success of plant-based beef and pork. Multiple companies are working on plant-based fish alternatives.
Impossible Foods announced in 2019 that it was working on a plant-based fish. The average American eats 14 pounds of fish and shellfish annually. The variety of fish and shellfish make it a ripe market to develop.
Consumers are hypersensitive to “off-flavors” in fish and shellfish. This means the flavor of a plant-based substitute must be precise. “Fish come in such a variety of delicate flavors and textures, and to be able to mimic a variety of fish and then even cross into seafood … that’s really important to be able to kind of move across species and not be sort-of a one-trick pony in this space,” said Lauren Jupiter, managing partner at AccelFoods, a food and beverage industry venture capital firm.
As the fish stocks in the ocean plummet, plant-based fish appeal for environmental reasons. Alyssa Plese, a member of UC Berkeley’s Alternative Meats Lab, said, “They say that there’s no such thing as sustainable seafood, so that’s a really compelling reason why a lot of people are pursuing this.”
Good Catch raised $32 million in January 2020 to develop a plant-based fish and Nestle has shared it wants to develop a plant-based tuna salad. “Plant-based seafood provides a host of environmental benefits, including alleviating pressures on rapidly depleting fisheries, providing relief to fragile ocean ecosystems, reducing the impact of fishing nets on the ocean plastic problem, and reducing production-related GHG emissions, said Caroline Bushnell of Good Food Institute.
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