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Food Service

Pokéworks to Offer Vegan Crab Legs in USA

Pokeworks, the world’s leading fast-casual poke brand, announced this week that it is teaming up with Aquamar, a manufacturer of surimi, for several new products including vegan crab legs. Surimi is a product used for imitation crab made from fish flesh, often Alaskan pollock, that has been deboned, washed to remove fat and unwanted bits, then minced and mixed with sugar or sweeteners. Surimi is widely used in sushi rolls, crab cakes and seafood salad and has been referred to as the hot “dog of the sea.” According to a press release, Aquamar is to supply Pokeworks with several new products which will reportedly include vegan crab legs. The vegan crab legs are not yet listed on the Aquamar website nor the Pokeworks site. Vegconomist …




Gastronomy & Food Service

Pokeworks Expanding Vegan Offerings with Trial of OmniPork’s Spam Musubi

As part of a continuing commitment to offer diverse protein options, Pokeworks, the world’s largest fast-casual poke chain, is partnering with leading plant-based pork supplier OmniFoods to trial vegan musubi.  Plant-based Spam  The two brands will collaborate on a test launch of new Omni Musubi – a recreation of Pokeworks’ popular Garlic Spam Musubi – in seven corporate restaurants in Irvine, CA, Seattle, Silicon Valley and New York City. Musubi is a lunch item consisting of grilled luncheon meat sandwiched with rice and wrapped in nori seaweed.  The first product of its kind, the OmniPork Luncheon is a plant-based pork protein meant to offer the same savory flavor and juicy texture as traditional SPAM. OmniPork Luncheon is made from non-GMO soy, peas, shiitake mushrooms and …


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Cultivated Seafood

Cultivated Salmon Producer Wildtype Announces Retail & Restaurant Partnerships Across USA

In what may be a first for the industry, US cultivated salmon producer Wildtype has announced distribution partnerships with SNOWFOX and Pokéworks. SNOWFOX operates sushi bars at 1,230 grocery locations across the US, while Pokéworks is a rapidly-growing fast-casual restaurant chain that currently has 65 locations. These partnerships will ultimately allow customers to sample Wildtype’s cultivated sushi-grade salmon for the first time. “We believe that people should have the option of fresh fish without the harmful metal toxins, microplastics, or antibiotics commonly found in seafood today,” co-founder and Chief Scientist Aryé Elfenbein told vegconomist earlier this year. However, Wildtype will need to significantly scale its production and gain regulatory approval from the FDA before a market launch is possible. The company took a step towards …