Will plant-based fish be the next big growth area? | Food Matters

5 julio 2020

Will plant-based fish be the next big growth area? | Food Matters

With Impossible Foods developing their plant-based fish alternative, will the seafood alternative space see the next surge of new product development to meet growing consumer demand?

The growth in plant-based food is unstoppable, with new product launches hard to keep track of due to how quickly they’re appearing in order to meet consumer demand. The Covid-19 pandemic seems like it will accelerate the trend, as more people take account of their impact on the world and its environment.

While there have been plant-based options for all manner of meats, the one sector that has missed out is the seafood-alternative space, but that’s about to change according to expert analysts.

Getting tastes and textures right

One of the reasons that there have been so few alternatives to seafood are the flavours and textures that we associate with the experience of eating fish.

“Fish come in such a variety of delicate flavours and textures, and to be able to mimic a variety of fish and then even cross into seafood … that’s really important to be able to kind of move across species and not be sort-of a one-trick pony in this space,” said Lauren Jupiter, managing partner at AccelFoods, a food and beverage industry venture capital firm.

Despite these challenges, especially compared to creating alternatives to beef or chicken, the potential environmental benefits are great.

Alyssa Plese, a member of UC Berkeley’s Alternative Meats Lab, said, “They say that there’s no such thing as sustainable seafood, so that’s a really compelling reason why a lot of people are pursuing this.”

With industry giants like Impossible Foods and Nestlé working on seafood alternatives, the plant-based fish space looks set to see huge innovation and development over the course of the next year. Will it be enough to convince people to ditch their traditional fish and chips in favour of tofish and chips?

Related articles:

What’s in store for the future of plant-based food?
Veganuary – how the industry is responding to a growing plant-based demand
“Consumer’s needs, preferences and ideology have dramatically shifted and as a result, an appetite for plant-based foods has emerged”

Source: foodmatters.co.uk

Desarrolla todo el potencial de tu proyecto o negocio con LABe.

Para startups Para empresas

Para Startups

Una incubadora de talento y emprendimiento que impulse proyectos mientras pone a prueba conceptos gastronómicos en un entorno real.

Para Empresas

Un laboratorio que permite testar herramientas y productos alimentarios, y un espacio en el que desarrollar nuevas líneas de negocio.

Para Horeca

Un espacio de formación técnica aplicada y asesoramiento profesional en nuevas tecnologías y Gastronomía digital.

¿A qué sabe el futuro?