Aqua Cultured develops animal-free mycoprotein-based calamari, shrimp, scallops, and tuna and whitefish fillets with realistic taste and texture. Aqua’s fermentation methods use no animal inputs, alteration or genetic modification, and can be marketed as non-GMO. Unlike plant-based processed foods formulated with starches and protein isolates, Aqua’s Seafood Alternative retains its natural fiber, protein and other micronutrients.
SV Group is a leading hotel and hotel management group based in Dübendorf, near Zurich. The group is active in several areas of activity: corporate and campus catering, hotels under its own brands as well as other renowned brands as a franchisee, public restaurants with innovative concepts and culinary delivery services.
Embedded in SV Group’s sustainability strategy is its commitment to the planetary health regimen based on the recommendations of the 2019 EAT-Lancet commission report. For environmental and human health, SV Group focuses on a plant-based cuisine with a high proportion of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Meat and dairy products are part of the diet, but to a much lesser extent. In addition, SV Group is committed to using only fish and seafood that meets the recommendations of WWF Switzerland.
“Even with our commitment to only use sustainably produced fish, seafood remains difficult to ensure it comes from ethical and responsible sources. Plant-based seafood that tastes and performs like its marine counterparts is potentially a breakthrough,” said Dörte Bachmann, Head of Sustainability at SV Group. “Our North Star brings sustainability directly to our customers’ plates, so we take every opportunity to improve our environmental footprint, and that starts with working with suppliers who share these values.”
“The SV Group represents innovation in every way, from modern high-tech systems to promoting plant-based menus that are environmentally responsible,” said Anne Palermo, CEO of Aqua Cultured Foods. “We are particularly eager to partner with take-out products for their healthy vending machine and smart fridge segments, as the shelf life of our alternative seafood far exceeds that of conventional fish, which is not convenient for these settings.”
Aqua recently introduced its alternative seafood to current and potential partners representing Europe, Asia and North America. Public tastings will gauge consumer acceptance later this year with select restaurant partners, followed by product introductions to market through strategic partners in 2023.