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


Most plant-based seafood products on the market today are alternatives to more processed options such as fish fingers and fish cakes. But Israeli startup Plantish has set out to change that with what it claims is the world’s first plant-based cut whole salmon.

After a $2 million funding round last year, Plantish has completed development of a prototype. The boneless tenderloin has equivalent levels of protein, B vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids to conventional salmon, while being free of toxins such as microplastics and mercury.

The tenderloin is made from a combination of legume protein and seaweed extract. 3D printing is used to give the salmon an authentic fibrous structure.

Plantish and L>R co-founders Dr Ron Sicsic, Dr Ariel Szklanny, Dr Hila Elimelech and Ofek Ron.© Plantish

Plantish’s Plant-Based Salmon is set to launch commercially in 2024, although it will also be showcased at various pop-up events later this year.

“We exist to save the oceans and eliminate the need to consume marine animals by providing more sustainable, more nutritious and more delicious fish options,” said Ofek Ron, co-founder and CEO of Plantish. “Our vision is to be the world’s leading seafood brand, all without harming a single fish.”

Salmon Alternatives

As concerns about overfishing grow, more companies around the world are launching salmon products. Here we take a look at some of the most notable.

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wild type

This American startup is developing cultured salmon that is said to perform as well as conventional salmon when used in sushi preparations. Last year, the company was named a semi-finalist in the XPRIZE Foundation Challenge to Feed the Next Billion.

Revo Foods

This Austrian company, formerly called Legendary Vish, develops 3D printed vegetable smoked salmon containing only 11 ingredients. Salmon is rich in nutrients like protein and omega 3.

Hung

In 2020, Swedish company Hooked claimed to have developed the world’s first plant-based shredded salmon. Hooked has ambitious goals to save 50,000 fish and 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the coming years.

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Planetaries

Based in Germany, Planeteers has already developed alternatives to raw and smoked salmon. The company says a whole salmon fillet is also in the works.

Good catch

Just last week, alternative seafood company Good Catch announced it was launching the first plant-based salmon burgers to be produced entirely in the United States. The product will be available nationwide through a partnership with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the largest natural food wholesale distributor in North America.

“Culinary innovation is at the forefront of everything we create at Good Catch and this new salmon will be a game-changer in the market with incredible flavor and texture,” said co-founder Chad Sarno. “We are thrilled to see the consumer response to our plant-based salmon burgers, which offer a convenient, safe meal solution.”

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