GATHERED FOODS DEBUTS PLANT-BASED SEAFOODS

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Meat alternative seafoods are set for a “surge”, the head of Gathered Foods has said after the company launched a new plant-based breaded range.

The United States-based firm has put the spotlight on the high protein content of the new products which have debuted under its Good Catch brand.

The breaded fish sticks, fish fillets and crab cakes are crafted from a proprietary blend of navy beans, fava beans, soya, lentils, peas and chickpeas.

On its labelling, Good Catch says the new range, which has a protein content of 12g (fish sticks and fish fillets) and 15g (crab cakes) per serving, mimics the texture of the original meat-based products.

“This nascent industry, which is ready to surge, presents an immense opportunity for our brand,” Christine Mei, Gathered Foods’ CEO, said in a statement.

“With our new breaded line, we took fan-favourite seafood products consumers know and love, and transformed them into great-tasting ocean-friendly alternatives.”

The new products, which are available in the US, add to a range that includes fish burgers, New England-style crab cakes and Thai-style fish cakes, all launched last year.

Chad Sarno, Gathered Foods’ Co-founder and Chief Culinary Officer, described the new products as “game-changers for the industry” that would appeal to consumers concerned about the environmental impact of seafood.

“We’re pushing culinary boundaries every day to deliver the taste and texture consumers expect from seafood,” he said in a statement.

According to a recent report released by Fact.MR, a consulting firm, the plant-based seafood sector is set to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 28% over the coming decade, with the market set to be worth $1.3 billion (€1.06bn) in 2031.

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