SeafoodSource is closely following the plant-based and cell-based seafood alternatives market by compiling a regular round-up of updates from the sector.
- Rehovot, Israel-based Steakholder Foods announced the launch of the world's first 3D-printed eel product (pictured). The eel analog is made from plant-based ingredients run through a 3D-printing layering and combination process.
“The launch of our printed eel marks a pivotal moment in the seafood industry, showcasing the vast potential of our DropJet technology – Steakholder Foods' solution for fish and seafood printing. This technology is designed to enable partners to generate products on a potential industrial scale of hundreds of tons monthly, not only at lower costs compared to wild eel but also with the flexibility to create a variety of printed products using the same production line,” Steakholder Foods CEO Arik Kaufman said. “Such versatility could significantly boost profitability for food companies and lead the way to a shift toward more efficient and sustainable practices in the industry. This product exemplifies the broader possibilities our technology offers our partners.”
Steakholder Foods also plans to incorporate eel cells into future production.
- Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.-based Atlantic Fish has received a USD 100,000 (EUR 91,000) small business research loan from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
The funds will be put toward advancing the commercialization of its cell-cultivated seafood products, primarily catering to the foodservice industry.
“This is real seafood,” Atlantic Fish CEO Doug Grant said. “It’s not a plant-based replica. Essentially, you can make meat or seafood without having to slaughter animals. It’s much more climate-friendly and sustainable and doesn’t diminish the oceans.”
- Gwynn’s Island, Virginia, U.S.A.-based company Mind Blown Plant-Based Seafood announced that its dusted scallop analog products would now feature on the digital, shelf-stable grocery service site WebstaurantStore.
“We had such a mind-blowing response when we launched our shelf-stable sea scallops earlier this year, and [we are] thrilled to now announce that they are available nationwide in bulk through WebstaurantStore,” the company wrote on LinkedIn.
A case of 120 Mind Blown 0.5-ounce plant-based vegan dusted scallops sells on the Webstaurant website for USD 82.50 (EUR 75.41).
“When your customers take a bite of these plant-based scallops, they won't be able to believe their tastebuds! Crafted from plant proteins and a blend of lime and vegan seasoning, these plant-based scallops offer all the satisfying seafood flavor your customers crave – without any of the meat,” Webstaurant's description of the product states. “They are a delicious option that will satisfy vegan and vegetarian customers, as well as meat lovers. They're designed to taste, look, and cook just like conventional scallops, with the same delicate texture and subtly sweet flavor that will blow your customers' minds.”
Photo courtesy of Steakholder Foods