The move follows the launch of the startup’s plant-based tuna product, an addition they say “furthers the group’s mission to create a seafood future where the ocean thrives and provides options for various palates and dietary needs”.
For 18 months, Cosentino-Roush guided Endless Foods* through critical and strategic conversations internally and with stakeholders in the ocean and policy space, including seafood industry representatives, the Food and Drug Administration, environmental advocates Environment, Congress and strategic partners like the Alliance for Meat, Poultry and Seafood Innovation (AMPS Innovation). She has helped lead important conversations regarding cell culture terminology, working alongside key policy makers and industry stakeholders to advocate for the labeling term “cell culture”, ensuring consistency and level playing field for conventional and cell culture products.
Cosentino-Roush has also advocated for the inclusion of alternative seafood products in discussions on ocean innovation and impact with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international environmental NGOs.
Graduated from Santa Clara University and Vermont Law School, Cosentino-Roush joined the Finless Foods team after notable positions with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Outcomes and Sustainable Ocean Alliance. , among other research, fieldwork, and consulting positions, both in the United States and abroad.
Cosentino-Roush’s longstanding passion for ensuring a sustainable future for bluefin tuna (and other species at risk) so that our ocean thrives, combined with its expertise in strategic policy and coalition building, makes she’s the perfect advocate for the impact of Finless Foods – cell- and plant-based seafood growth.
“With Shannon’s expert guidance, Finless Foods has been able to maintain an impact-driven growth strategy and the ultimate vision of limiting stress on our ocean,” said CEO Michael Selden. “In his next chapter, we trust him to continue building momentum and excitement for alternative seafood while considering the nuanced needs of the industry as a whole.”
Cosentino-Roush’s new role will include a continued focus on collaborating with others in the industry, the conventional and expanding alternatives landscape, and civil society groups focused on ocean health, fisheries and sustainable seafood and consumer safety. Importantly, she will also develop forward-looking plans for Finless Foods’ growth with foodservice operators. It also aims to develop strategies to further embed impact at the heart of Finless’s operations and decision-making and establish methods to measure impact, including ways to track the effect of the reciprocating movement of products from the sea in reducing pressure on global fisheries and the global ocean.
*Finless Foods is part of Hatch’s investment portfolio, but The Fish Site retains editorial independence.