Israeli foodtech startup Plantish unveils whole-cut plant-based salmon fillets

Israeli foodtech startup Plantish unveils whole-cut plant-based salmon fillets

Published: 18-01-2022 10:55:38 | By: Pie Kamau | hits: 5101 | Tags:

Israeli foodtech startup Plantish is giving consumers a first look at its flagship product, a 100% plant-based whole-cut salmon fillet, which mimics cooked salmon in texture, taste, appearance and structure. The 6-month-old company is developing a versatile, patent-pending additive manufacturing technology that will produce plant-based fish alternatives at low-cost and high-scale.

Plantish joined the burgeoning alternative protein startup scene in early 2021 and soon after raised a pre-seed round of $2 million from TechAviv Founder Partners, a venture fund backed by top industry veterans, including 33 unicorn founders, and angel investors, including Nuseir Yassin of Nas Daily.

Ofek Ron, Co-founder and CEO, Plantish: "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."

The first product that Plantish is launching is Plantish Salmon, a fully structured, boneless salmon fillet. Plantish Salmon has the same nutritional value as conventional salmon, and is high in protein, Omega-3s, Omega-6s, and B vitamins. Unlike fish from the ocean or aquaculture, it is free of mercury, antibiotics, hormones, microplastics, and toxins. "Our vision is to be the world's leading seafood brand," says Ron, "all without hurting a single fish."

According to leading market research firm IMARC Group, the seafood market today is worth $586 billion, and globally salmon accounts for $50 billion. Approximately 80% of fish is consumed whole-cut, in the form of whole fish or fillets. However, the alternative seafood sector primarily consists of minced fish options, due to technical complexities of whole cut production.

The complexities for creating whole-cut fish are not only in creating the mimicked taste, texture, and mouthfeel, but also two other crucial criteria: structure and scalability. Using the right plant proteins to achieve the fibrous strands meant to replicate the complex texture of animal muscle is the key to succeeding in capturing the experience of eating salmon, and doing so at scale will make it a suitable substitute for foodservice, restaurants, and retail.

Plantish's current prototype can be cooked in all the ways that conventional salmon is prepared. Plantish Salmon will be launching in select pop-up locations by the end of the year. Its official launch is slated for 2024.