After the Covid-19 crisis forced Ocean Hugger to cease operations last year, the outlook was bleak for the US plant-based seafood company. Good news is at hand however, as Ocean Hugger is relaunching via a new partnership with Thailand’s Nove Foods, a subsidiary of publicly listed NRF.
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Innovation often brings with it heated debate, and plant-based meat is no exception. With the recent wave of highly-realistic meat alternatives, we’re faced with the question: is the perfect taste worth arguably imperfect ingredients?
We report with sadness that Ocean Hugger Foods has unfortunately folded due to the effects of our current global situation and the fact that it distributed solely to foodservice clients. Existing Ocean Hugger products are still available and the founders are open to discussing their assets, as per the letter below.
Ocean Hugger Foods is showcasing its plant-based sushi products in London at 2019 Hyper Japan Show, from today July 12, to July 14. Ahimi, the flagship tuna product, and Unami, the latest “eel” product, are said to be equal in taste and texture to real fish and offer a real “seafood experience” in a sustainably produced manner.
Ocean Hugger Foods, creators of plantbased seafood, last month unveiled its new innovation, a freshwater eel product made from aubergine (eggplant), at the Dot Foods Innovations conference, in St. Louis, Missouri. The new launch follows the success of Ocean Hugger’s flagship product, Ahimi – a tomato based sushi of which the company reportedly sold 200,000 lbs of in 2018.
Many delivery services in the food sector already offer vegan options, such as vegan burgers or sushi. The vegan-only delivery service Veestro has recently started offering vegan tuna, a service made possible by its collaboration with Ocean Hugger Foods. Customers can now order the Ahimi Sushi Bowl with vegan tuna from Veestro. The Ocean Hugger Foods brand, which produces plant-based vegan seafood, developed vegan tuna after founder James Cromwell observed the mass slaughter of tuna in a Japanese fish market. He used this event as inspiration to create the plant-based tuna alternative Ahimi. The vegan fish product consists of tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, water and sesame oil, and is part of the new Sushi Bowl at Veestro. The vegan bowl also consists of seaweed salad, …
Plant-based fish and “seafood” products like shrimp are selling like hot (fish) cakes at the moment and are a topic currently trending in our industry. This week, Good Catch Foods secured $8.7 million funding from a syndicate of investors and others are likely to follow suit. Here we look at the key players in plant-based seafood currently making an impact and describe the products they have to offer either on the shelves right now or soon to launch.
The US company Ocean Hugger Foods is the first company in the world to offer realistic, vegan fish alternatives. The company is now preparing for a significant expansion, having gained access to thousands of sales outlets in the USA, Europe and Southeast Asia through various partnerships.