Dongwon F&B My Plant plant-based canned tuna

Dongwon F&B / My Plant

Meat- and Fish Alternatives

South Korean Tuna Giant Dongwon, With Over 6.5 Billion Cans Sold, Unveils ‘My Plant’ Line

South Korea’s largest canned tuna maker Dongwon F&B has introduced a vegan food line called My Plant, unveiling a range of plant-based tuna and vegetable dumplings.  The My Plant brand, which uses the slogan “plant-based recipes of my choice”, offers five plant-based tuna products, including one canned and four pouches. The Dongwon My Plant Dumplings range debuts with two products: kimchi flavor and regular dumplings. Both products are made from 100% plant-based ingredients, have 0% cholesterol, and contain plant protein. Dongwon’s new tuna has up to 31% fewer calories than lean tuna products while offering more dietary fibre than regular tuna, says the company. Alternatives in South Korea Dongwon F&B has been selling South Korea’s favorite tuna brand, Dongwon Tuna, since 1982. The brand, a …


Plant-based canned tuna

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Plant-Based Canned Tuna by Dutch Brand Seasogood Launches Across Spain

Dutch brand Seasogood is launching its plant-based canned tuna alternatives on the Spanish market. The tuna will be available in four flavours: natural, tomato, olive oil, and lemon & black pepper. The launch is significant as Spain is a major consumer of seafood. On LinkedIn, Seasogood co-founder Michael Luesink said he was proud that the product could help to replace conventional fish. Seasogood initially launched in the Netherlands in 2021, and was claimed to be the country’s first plant-based canned tuna. It is now available at almost all major Dutch supermarkets, stocked next to the conventional tuna. The tuna alternative is made in the Netherlands from soy, seaweed, algae, and flavourings such as sea buckthorn berries. Said to be minimally processed and free of preservatives, …


Plant-Based Raw Tuna in Bowl

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Products & Launches

Impact Food Debuts Sushi-Grade, Raw Plant-Based Tuna at Onigilly Restaurants in San Francisco

Alt seafood startup Impact Food announces its plant-based, sushi-grade tuna will soon be available at all three locations of Onigilly, a Bay Area Japanese eatery. Starting March 15, Onigilly will be serving Impact’s whole-cut, raw tuna in their Onigilly Rice Balls and Poke Bowls. Following this soft launch, Impact says it plans to officially roll out its tuna product across the US in 2023.  In March, Onigilly restaurants in San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Mateo will debut Impact Tuna as a fifth protein option, alongside traditional tuna, salmon, shrimp and tofu. Made with nine ingredients, including pea protein, algae and vegetable juice, Impact Tuna is said to be high in Omega-3 fatty acids, low in calories and completely free from cholesterol and mercury.  “We’re …


John West vegan tuna

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

“Major Milestone” as Seafood Giant John West Launches Fish-Free Tuna

UK-based seafood company John West has launched a plant-based tuna alternative for the first time in its 166-year history. The company is owned by Thai Union, which has increasingly been exploring plant-based and cultivated alternatives to animal protein. The tuna alternative marks a major step forward in the Thai seafood giant’s efforts to become more sustainable. “John West Vegan Fish-Free Tuna is Thai Union’s first branded alternative protein product launch worldwide and therefore a major milestone for us,” said Jon Burton, director of the company’s European Marine Protein unit. Made from soy and wheat protein, the product comes in two flavours — Vegan Fish-Free Tuna with a Dash of Oil and Vegan Fish-Free Tuna with Tomato & Basil. The tuna has initially been launched in …


BettaF!sh TU-NAH product

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Retail & E-Commerce

BettaF!sh Launches Ambient TU-NAH Spreads at ROSSMANN’s Online Store

German plant-based tuna BettaF!sh has announced the launch of a new ambient plant-based tuna spread range at the online store of one of Europe’s largest drugstore chains, ROSSMANN, from February 2023. This new listing marks the brand’s second partnership with the retail giant, which has been selling BettaF!sh’s sister brand, OCEANFRUIT, a producer of vegan seaweed snacks, for two years.  “We are immensely proud to be the first to trade BettaF!sh’s new ambient TU-NAH spreads. There’s no question that seaweeds are going to shape our future food system, so it feels all the better to be driving this trend forward together with BettaF!sh,” said Sandra Lorenz, MD of the ROSSMANN brand at Dirk Rossmann GmbH. Online customers can finally taste the TU-NAH!  The TU-NAH spreads are shelf-stable and …


Boldly Fish


Products & Launches

Aiming to Disrupt Global Seafood, Boldly Debuts With Plant-Based Calamari, Sashimi, Crab Sticks and More

Boldly, a new plant-based foods brand, announces the upcoming launch of its 100% vegan seafood line, featuring salmon and tuna sashimi, calamari, shrimp, crab sticks, and white fish filets. The range will initially launch through US restaurant and food service partnerships in Summer 2023.  Bringing diversity Created to disrupt the $600Bn global seafood industry, Boldly states its products use cutting-edge innovation to deliver the same taste and texture as animal-based seafood.  As the public becomes more aware of the dire threats facing the world’s oceans, such as overfishing, plastic pollution, and heavy metal contamination, more consumers than ever are looking to balance their seafood intake with plant-based alternatives. Boldly’s new seafood line, which features konjac root as a core ingredient, is intended to create a …


L'Osteria Vegan Tuna


Gastronomy & Food Service

BettaF!sh to Debut Plant-Based TU-NAH at All 157 L’Osteria Restaurants

Alt-seafood brand BettaF!sh announces its plant-based TU-NAH will launch at all 157 locations of international restaurant chain L’Osteria. From December to February 2023, TU-NAH will be available as a menu option on two pizza and pasta dishes, as well as a special ravioli entree being introduced for Veganuary.  Starting in December, TU-NAH can be ordered for dine-in or takeaway at L’Osteria restaurants in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, England and the Czech Republic. Customers can enjoy the vegan tuna on one of the chain’s 45-cm pizzas or paired with fresh Maccheroncini from its in-house pasta factory.  “Every guest is welcome in our restaurants,” says John Schlüter, Vice President Marketing & Communications of L’Osteria SE. “So for us, this means we want to offer …


Japan Airlines Vegan Tuna


Tourism & Travel

Japan Airlines Now Offering BettaF!sh Plant-Based Tuna on Select Flights

German alt-seafood brand BettaF!sh announces its plant-based tuna will now be served aboard Japan’s second-largest airline company, Japan Airlines. Available for business and first class passengers, the TU-NAH Sandwich Wrap will be offered on flights from Tokyo to London.  Featuring BettaF!sh’s TU-NAH Creamy, the new sandwich wrap offers passengers a sustainable alternative to nostalgic tuna mayo. Japan Airlines will initially serve the snack on JL 42 and JL44 flights between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda, with plans to increase those routes’ frequency over the coming months.  “What delighted us most about working with Japan Airlines was the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from day one,” said Jacob von Manteuffel, co-founder of BettaF!sh. “It was a huge honor to have the authenticity and deliciousness of TU-NAH …


Current Foods Vegan Tuna

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Products & Launches

Current Foods Launches Plant-Based Smoked Salmon and Tuna Poke at Berkeley Bowl

Plant-based seafood brand Current Foods announces it has launched its Smoked Salmon and Tuna Poke into Berkeley Bowl market in the San Francisco Bay Area. The debut marks Current’s first retail location, with more stores expected to be added soon.  Described as sushi-grade and “shockingly real”, the Smoked Salmon slices are made from ingredients like peas, algae, potato and bamboo. The slices provide a rich source of iron, B12 and protein, while being free from mercury and microplastics. Current debuted the Smoked Salmon last month at Expo East, and revealed it would be launching at several additional retail partners, including Showfields, Fairway Market and Gourmet Garage in NYC.  Current’s pre-marinated, ready-to-eat Tuna Poke Cubes feature ingredients such as algae, peas, tomato and radish, with a …


Close up of BlueNalu's whole-muscle, cell-cultured yellowtail, beer-battered and deep-fried for fish tacos


Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

BlueNalu Says Breakthrough Tech ‘Cracks the Code’ to Significantly Scale Alt Seafood Production

Cultivated seafood company BlueNalu announces two new technologies it says unlock the path to significant profitability and scalability of its cell-cultured seafood. By utilizing breakthrough single-cell suspension and lipid-loading techniques, the startup says it can achieve 75% gross margins in its first year of production, and cultivate up to 6M pounds of premium seafood annually, beginning with Bluefin Tuna Toro.  While many cultivated meat and seafood companies employ “adherent” techniques that attach growing cells to microcarriers, BlueNalu says it has developed non-GMO cell lines in single cell suspension, meaning large numbers of cells can freely grow in bioreactors without the need for costly microcarriers.  In addition, BlueNalu reveals its patent-pending lipid-loading technology allows cultivated muscle cells to actively store fat, eliminating the need to grow …


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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

BettaF!sh Launches Plant-Based Tuna for Delivery in the Netherlands

German plant-based tuna brand BettaF!sh is set to launch across twelve cities in the Netherlands via instant delivery service Gorillas. Three BettaF!sh products — Pizza TU-NAH, TU-NAH Creme Naturel, and TU-NAH Creme Kappertjes + Peper — will be available via the Gorillas app. The launch will be a stepping stone for BettaF!sh to enter retail and foodservice outlets across the Netherlands. Made from organic fava beans and seaweed, TU-NAH contains no soy or wheat and is said to look and taste just like conventional canned tuna. BettaF!sh hopes its products will increase demand for seaweed, providing an alternative and more sustainable industry for fishing communities. “World’s largest alt seafood launch” BettaF!sh initially rolled out at 4000 German supermarkets last October with its flagship TU-NAH sandwiches. …


unMEAT Fish-Free Canned Tuna


Food & Beverage

unMEAT Launches Fish-Free Canned Tuna in Online Retailers and Select US Supermarkets

unMEAT, a plant-based protein brand owned by seafood giant Century Pacific Food, is launching its new fish-free canned tuna into online retailers and select supermarkets across the US.  Made with non-GMO ingredients, unMEAT says its tuna exceeds traditional tuna in taste, texture and nutrition, with zero mercury or trans fats. The brand’s current line features three varieties – Tuna in Sunflower Oil, Tuna in Water and Tuna Hot & Spicy.  According to unMEAT, canned tuna is the top-selling canned food in the US, with tuna products making up four of the top 25 best-selling canned food items. However, consumer concerns about mercury, pollution and heavy metal contamination has opened the tuna market to new diets and consumers seeking healthier options, unMEAT says.  Preferred 3-to-1 To …


tuna sushi by Impact food

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Investments & Finance

Impact Food Secures $500K to Help Prevent Collapse of Wild Tuna Species

Impact Food, a plant-based seafood start-up based in California, recently closed its strategic angel & VC round of $500,000 to help prevent the collapse of wild tuna species through a scalable food technology platform for seafood. Impact Food, the food technology company developing novel plant-based seafood, is backed by Future Food Fund, Serpentine Ventures, Ahimsa Foundation, and others. In total, Impact secured $500,000 in strategic angel & VC funding, of which $150,000 was contributed by the Ahimsa Foundation after discovering the alt seafood company via the Vevolution Investment Marketplace. Impact Food’s most recent investment round will support its employment and R&D efforts as it prepares for a pre-seed round. The company will develop and carry out its pilot production plans in Q4 of 2022. Its …


Kokiriki tuna

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

France’s Kokiriki Adds to Extensive Range With New Alt Fish Products

French vegan producer Kokiriki continues to expand its portfolio with the launch of an extensive new range. Having started with the production of vegan charcuterie, the brand is now launching a range of vegan nuggets and breaded products made from alternative fish, as well as its award-winning vegan tuna. Kokiriki, a subsidiary of the Morbiano Jouault Group, has been producing vegan meat in the form of charcuterie, burgers and dumplings since its launch in 2021 and has been listed nationally in all Carrefour hypermarkets in France since early February. The launch of this product range follows an award for its Veg-Toona vegan tuna as the most innovative product in the fresh and frozen category at the Gulfood international trade fair in Dubai. The company’s founder, …


Unfished products

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Company News

Verdino Green Foods Takes Over Unfished and Green Course Brands From Prefera Foods

Verdino Green Foods, a plant-based leader in Central and Eastern Europe and the first alt meat producer in its native Romania, announces it has taken over the Unfished® and Green Course® brands from Prefera Foods, consolidating the entire portfolio and adding alt seafood products and stating that it now becomes one of the players with the most diversified plant-based portfolio in Europe. Launched just last year, Unfished offers canned PlanTuna, ready-to-eat salads and alt tuna and salmon spreads, winning various awards including Best Vegan Tuna at the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2022. Green Course offers a range of ready meals, meat alternatives, sauces, and vegan mayonnaise. “Consolidating the plant-based product portfolio is a priority for us, which is why we took a step forward in …