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Aqua Cultured Foods Partners with Ginkgo Bioworks To Elevate Scallop and Tuna Alternatives

Today, Aqua Cultured Foods, specializing in alternative seafood production through microbial fermentation, has announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, a cell programming and biosecurity company. This collaboration seeks to refine and enhance the production process of Aqua’s fish-free seafood products, which have been developed to mimic the texture, taste, and appearance of fresh-caught seafood. Based in Chicago, Aqua Cultured Foods has been developing seafood alternatives using a patent-pending fermentation technique and a blend of microbes, fibers, and plant-derived flavors to replicate the umami profile and buttery texture characteristic of oceanic seafood. Its inaugural products, tuna, and scallop alternatives, are said to retain their quality for up to six weeks. The company first began public tastings of its beta alternative tuna, shrimp, and scallops this time …


Vegan Scallops / Vegan Seafood

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Products & Launches

The Plant Based Seafood Co. Unveils ‘First-of-Its-Kind’ Mind Blown Shelf-Stable Sea Scallops

The Plant Based Seafood Co. announces the launch of Mind Blown™ Shelf-Stable Sea Scallops, its first shelf-stable alt-seafood product. Described as a first-of-its-kind creation, the new plant-based scallops will launch on the company’s website beginning March 29th.  According to the brand, the Mind Blown Sea Scallops feature a long shelf life with no need for freezing or refrigeration. Made entirely from plants, the Sea Scallops reportedly taste just like real scallops and can be used in a wide range of recipes.  The product debuted at Plant Based World Expo in 2022 during a cooking demonstration with celebrity chef and Mind Blown investor Spike Mendelsohn. The company reports the response at the event “far exceeded” its expectations. In February 2023, the Shelf Stable Sea Scallops also …


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Food & Beverage

Aqua Cultured Foods to Begin First Public Tastings of Alt-Tuna, Shrimp and Scallops

US food tech startup Aqua Cultured Foods announces it will begin consumer tastings of its seafood alternatives in Chicago, ahead of its public launch through chef partners and foodservice distributors.   Beginning April 6, the startup will hold tastings of several alt-seafood products, including Aqua tuna rolls, shrimp dumplings and scallop crudo, at its headquarters in West Loop, Chicago. According to Aqua, it intends to solicit feedback from participants on the products’ quality compared to conventional seafood products, especially texture.  Unique fermentation Founded in 2020, Aqua is developing a range of seafood alternatives, including whitefish, shrimp, scallops and tuna filets, with mycoprotein fermentation technology. Using a unique strain of fungi, the company says it is able to transform plant-based ingredients into realistic seafood alternatives that offer …