SoFish Fingers lifestyle

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Dutch Tofu Pioneer SoFine to “Take Vegan Fish Sticks to the Next Level”

The new SoFish sticks that SoFine is set to launch into Rewe and Edeka in Germany have apparently been deemed as the tastiest in comparison with two other vegan alternatives in blind tests, with testers praising the taste and similarity to real fish, the crispy crust and the consistency. Multi market rollout Jessica Zomerdijk,  Commercial Director at SoFine, reveals: “After Germany, we expect to successfully launch the new SoFish sticks …

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YO! Sushi

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Gastronomy & Food Service

YO! Sushi Launches Vegan Set Menu as Fish-Free Sushi Goes Global 

YO! Sushi has introduced a new vegan Sakura set menu for two at all its locations across the UK. The international conveyor belt sushi franchise continues to expand its vegan offerings, with the new menu for two featuring seven courses and costing £25.  The new YO! Sushi Sakura plant-based set menu features a choice of Edamame, Mushroom Teriyaki, Faux Duck rolls, Loaded Gyozas, Veggie Volcano rolls, Red Pepper Dragon Rolls …

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Good Catch crispy fish burger

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Fast Food

Plant-Based Chain Next Level Burger Debuts Good Catch Crispy Fish Burger

Alt-seafood brand Good Catch and US plant-based restaurant chain Next Level Burger have joined forces to launch the vegan Crispy Fish Burger. The burger is made with Good Catch’s Plant-Based Breaded Fish Fillet and topped with lemon-herb mayo, organic lettuce, tomato, and plant-based American cheese. Served on an organic white bun, the burger will be available from April 1-30 at all Next Level Burger restaurants. Next Level describes itself as …

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KAIYO Plant-Based Tomato Nigiri/ Sushi

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Food & Beverage

San Francisco Seafood Restaurant KAIYŌ Cow Hollow Develops Fish-Free Nigiri

KAIYŌ Cow Hollow, an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco, has introduced innovative fish-free nigiri, a type of sushi, using specially compressed and marinated fruits and vegetables.  KAIYŌ, which serves Peruvian-Japanese “Nikkei” cuisine, says the  nigiri is part of the restaurant’s effort to go “beyond the standard avocado roll” in creating more appealing plant-based seafood options.  Fish from vegetables To craft the nigiri, KAIYŌ’s Chef Alex Reccio uses a variety …

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Aqua Cultured Seafood Appetizer

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Fermentation

Aqua Cultured Foods Doubles Production Output of Novel Fish and Seafood Alternatives

Food tech startup Aqua Cultured Foods announces new advancements in its fermentation technology that allow it to double the biomass output of whole-muscle seafood alternatives.  According to Aqua, these developments have dramatically improved the growth timeline for its seafood products, which include tuna, whitefish, calamari, popcorn shrimp and scallops. The startup says it has filed five patents relating to its unique method of protein production, and is preparing for its …

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Wanda Fish Technologies

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Wanda Fish Technologies Launches Cultivated Fish Collaboration with Tufts University

Israeli food-tech startup Wanda Fish Technologies has entered a new partnership with Tufts University in Massachusetts, US. The collaboration aims to accelerate the production of cell-cultured fish following breakthrough developments in fish cell cultivation at the famed research university.  “Marine biodiversity is critical to the survival of people and our planet. Overfishing, as well as water pollution, is damaging the vast and vital ocean ecosystem” Two agreements have been signed …

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Investments & Acquisitions

Plantish Raises $12.5M for Whole Cut Plant-Based Fish in Alt-Seafood’s “Largest Ever” Seed Round

Israeli startup Plantish, which develops whole cut plant-based fish, has raised $12.5 million in a seed funding round led by State Of Mind Ventures. Other participants included Pitango Health Tech, Unovis, and TechAviv Founder Partners. Plantish says the raise is the largest ever seed funding round for an alt-seafood company. It follows on from the startup’s $2 million pre-seed round last June. The funding will be used to expand Plantish’s …

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Fish processor Greenland Seafood launches plant-based range

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Greenland Seafood Joins Growing List of Fish Processors Launching Plant-Based Fish

European fish processor Greenland Seafood, owned by Canada’s Sofina Foods, has launched a range of frozen plant-based fish alternatives such as fish-free fingers, burgers, and fish cakes, made with rice protein for a flaky texture. The products will be showcased next month at Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona, and will soon be available for both retail and food service. Greenland Seafood said it was inspired to launch the range after …

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Interviews

Unfished: “On a Transformational Journey Driven By New Food Trends and a Conscientious Approach”

Fish made from plants is the next big thing says Raul Ciurtin, CEO of Romanian company Prefera Foods, producer of the Unfished range of products. Here Ciurtin speaks to vegconomist about long ingredient lists, emotional business decisions and reservations about Eastern Europe. With Unfished PlanTuna, you are just launching a range of tuna alternatives in German supermarkets. What is the demand like? Germany is one of the countries that interests …

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Growthwell Foods Launches HAPPIEE

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Products & Launches

Growthwell Foods Launches HAPPIEE!, a New Plant-Based Chicken and Fish Range

Singaporean alt-meat company Growthwell Foods launches HAPPIEE!, its latest plant-based line. Growthwell Foods, a leading Southeast Asian producer of meat alternatives, has unveiled a new product range. Called HAPPIEE!, it consists of four plant-based products — Chickiee Nuggets, Chickiee Popcorn, Fishiee Sticks, and Fishiee Patties. The chicken alternatives are made with soy, and the fish alternatives with the Southeast Asian plant konjac. The HAPPIEE! range is manufactured at Growthwell’s new …

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Products & Launches

German Vegan Tuna Launches from Unfished and BettaF!sh

Two plant-based seafood specialists in Germany have announced vegan tuna launches for Veganuary 2022. PlanTuna from Unfished and the vegan TU-NAH Pizza from BettaF!sh are hitting shelves across the country.   New brand Unfished brings its sustainable plant-based PlanTuna to the table, rich in nutrients comparable to its animal counterpart. The tuna comes in five varieties and will appeal to the growing number of consumers concerned with overfishing and ocean pollution. …

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plant-based salmon

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Products & Launches

Plantish Unveils Whole Cut Plant-Based Salmon Nutritionally Equivalent to Fish

Most of the plant-based seafood products currently on the market are alternatives to more processed options such as fish fingers and fishcakes. But Israeli startup Plantish has set out to change that with what it claims is the world’s first whole cut plant-based salmon. Following a $2 million funding round last year, Plantish has completed the development of a prototype. The boneless fillet has equivalent levels of protein, B vitamins, …

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Vegan Japanese-Inspired Fish and Chips

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Wagamama Launches Vegan Japanese-Inspired Fish and Chips for Veganuary

UK-based Asian fusion chain Wagamama has launched a new dish — plant-based Japanese-inspired fish and chips. The “fish” is made from battered soy, pea, and rice protein, in the style of the Japanese dish tempura. Accompanying the fish is roasted sweet potato and red onion, along with Japanese style mushy peas made with edamame beans and katsu curry sauce. Other garnishes include chilli, a lemon wedge, waga tartare with Japanese …

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No Catch Co founders Ed & Kevin

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Interviews

The No Catch Co: “Our Mission is to Take On the Fish and Chip Shop Industry”

The No Catch Co was unveiled to great excitement in the UK last month by founders Earthling Ed and partner Kevyn Bourke, who also run London’s biggest vegan restaurant Unity Diner, state: “We believe that enough is enough, and that it’s time for a revolution within the seafood industry.” It’s a worthy and imperative mission; a cause that is increasingly becoming part of consumer consciousness especially in the wake of …

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Paleo founders

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Fermentation

Paleo Raises €2M in Seed Round, Prepares €40M Series A For Precision Fermented Alt Meat & Fish Proteins

Paleo raises €2M in seed round for meat and fish proteins created through precision fermentation, the investment will fund an R&D centre, pilot plant and experience centre. Belgium based foodtech startup Paleo, a company working on the development of proteins created through precision fermentation to be used as in meat and fish alternatives, has raised two million euros in a seed round. The company says its mission is to “change …

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