Alternative seafood maker Aqua Cultured Foods learned to mimic muscle tissue

Fish, shrimp and other seafood are popular with gourmets, and intensive seafood harvesting is causing environmental problems. At the same time, there are very few players on the seafood analogue market. One of the most notable is the startup Aqua Cultured Foods. These are the successes he has already achieved.

Alternative seafood maker Aqua Cultured Foods learned to mimic muscle tissue

A Chicago-based company is now developing a simulated seafood muscle tissue using fungus. Anne Palermo, CEO and founder of Aqua Cultured Foods, says she was looking for a solution to feed the world’s fastest growing population.

“The more I studied fermentation, the more I realized that this is exactly what you need. This technology creates whole, bio-digestible proteins that can be produced efficiently anywhere in the world, ”says Anne Palermo, CEO of Aqua Cultured Foods.

Aqua Cultured Foods can now produce analogs of a wide variety of seafood, from shrimp and white fish to yellowfin tuna, scallops and squid. According to Palermo, their designs have the same slippery and delicate texture as most seafood. They also contain vitamin B12, which is difficult to obtain naturally if you follow a vegan or plant-based diet.

Ann notes that he cannot yet reveal the details of the process. Now the startup has three applications for patents for seafood analogues and technologies for their production, including the fungus of its own design.

According to the Good Food Institute, the herbal counterparts of seafood are practically a vacant niche. Now they account for only 1% of the sale of meat alternatives. The opportunities for innovation in this area are endless.

There are three categories of alternative seafood:

  • derived from plants,
  • cultivated,
  • obtained by fermentation.

It seems that Aqua Cultured Foods is the only project working in the third category. Alternative seafood is also being developed by Prime Roots and Quorn. Blue Nalu, Wild Type, Shiok Meats and Avant Meats all produce cultivated products and Sophie’s Kitchen, New Waves Foods, Good Catch and Hooked create plant-based alternatives.

The first product that Aqua Cultured Foods will launch will be its own version of batter shrimp. However, no dates have been announced yet.

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