India’s CMFRI signs MoU with Neat Meatt to explore development of cell-cultured fish; Modern Plant-Based Foods Launches Line of Caviar Analogues

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-The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), based in Kerala, India, has signed an MoU to introduce plant-based seafood in India and embark on the development of cultured fish in cells in India.

The institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with biotechnology company Neat Meatt, based in New Delhi, India, to create kingfisher, pomfret and showy fish analogues. The development team is working to replicate the flavor, texture and nutritional qualities of real fish in plant-based analogues and cell culture products, CMFRI said in a statement.

“This project aims to accelerate development in this area, ensuring that India is not left behind in this emerging industry,” said CMFRI Director A Gopalakrishnan. “This public-private partnership marks a crucial step in bridging the gap between India and other countries like Singapore, Israel and the United States, which are already advancing research into farmed seafood. Lab-grown fish offers immense potential in terms of environmental benefits and food safety, and this collaboration builds on CMFRI’s marine research expertise and Neat Meatt’s technological know-how in this area, opening the path to a sustainable and secure future for seafood production in India.

CMFR also recently announced two of its algae-based products will soon hit the market.

CMFRI has signed a licensing agreement with Pioneer Pharmaceuticals, a Kochi, India-based wellness product manufacturing and marketing company, for algae-based products, one of which aims to increase the antiviral immunity and the other to fight hypercholesterolemia or dyslipidemia, the institute said.

-Vancouver, British Columbia-based Modern Plant-Based Foods announced the upcoming launch of its caviar analogue, Kaviar.

Kaviar will be available in several flavors such as salmon, wasabi and beluga.

“Our goal is to make our plant-based kaviar and sausage rolls easily accessible to everyone,” Avtar Dhaliwal, CEO of Modern Plant-Based Foods, said in a statement. “We have seen a growing demand for tasty vegan products that can be consumed by a broader consumer base. We have perfected the product development stage and are working to combine these new innovations with extensive distribution networks.

The launch of the Kaviar product comes in response to the growing popularity of the caviar analogue market, according to Dhaliwal. VSchefs around the world are add caviar to menus in response to the growing popularity of caviar, particularly among Generation Z consumers who embraced the social media trend of taking caviar “bumps,” garnering millions of viewers.

-Vienna, Austria-based cultivated food startup Revo Foods has launched its Food Fabricator X2, a 3D food printing process for industrial application.

The new system contains a multi-nozzle system to enable continuous food production and allows grown foods to be replicated on a large scale.

“3D food printing at an industrial level allows us to change the way we think about food. Products that were previously very exclusive and more often found in fine dining restaurants can now be produced on a large scale. I am excited about the new creative opportunities that are opening up for food developers through this technology,” said Robin Simsa, CEO of Revo Foods.

In September 2023, Revo Foods launched its salmon analogue in supermarkets.

The startup launched its Vegan Salmon Fillet THE FILET – Inspired by Salmon in REWE supermarkets. It is the first 3D printed food available in supermarkets. It can also be purchased from the Revo Foods website.

Photo courtesy of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute

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