- The parent company Nomad Foods acquired the American company BlueNalu . have worked together with
- They aim to grow seafood products grown from cells in a lab
- Nomad is hoping that cell-cultured seafood will help meet growing demand and support the protection of the long-term sustainability of the planet’s fish stocks.
- The process separates and nourishes the living fish cells that are needed to multiply
Fish fingers made in labs may soon hit supermarket shelves as Bird’s Eye considers cell-cultured seafood.
The brand has teamed up with American company BlueNaloo to develop seafood products grown from cells in the laboratory rather than harvested from the oceans.
Bird’s Eye parent company Nomad Foods, which also owns the Findus, Iglo, La Cocinera and Green Cuisine brands, told Reuters on Monday it aims to commercialize cell-cultured seafood to meet growing demand and support long-term security efforts. The sustainability of the planet’s fish stocks.
Through the collaboration, Nomad and BlueNaloo will collaborate on market research and consumer insights, evaluate what is needed to gain regulatory approval, and explore new business and product opportunities for European markets.
According to the European Union’s Blue Economy Report, Europe is the world’s largest importer of seafood, with its citizens consuming three times as much as they produce.
Fish fingers made in labs may soon hit supermarket shelves as Bird’s Eye considers cell-cultured seafood. The brand has teamed up with American company BlueNaloo to develop seafood products grown from cells in the laboratory rather than harvested from the sea. [Stock image]
“The importance of sustainability has never been more clear, and the role of technology in meeting these needs is accelerating,” said Stephen Deschimacher, CEO of Nomad Foods.
The process, developed by California-based BlueNaloo, sees the fish’s living cells, which are separated from the fish’s muscle, fat and connective tissue, provide the nutrition and care they need to multiply.
They are then shaped into portions of seafood using practices commonly used in the food industry. There is no genetic modification.
Nomad, which operates and manufactures in 14 markets across Europe, is the largest buyer of sustainable wild-caught fish in the world.
It said its agreement with BlueNalu represents the first of its kind in Europe between a consumer packaged goods company and a cell-cultured seafood company.
According to the European Union’s Blue Economy Report, Europe is the world’s largest importer of seafood, with its citizens consuming three times as much as they produce. [Stock image]
BlueNalu is developing a variety of seafood products directly from fish cells.
It focuses on fish species that are typically imported, difficult to farm, overfished or non-sustainable or generally contain high levels of environmental pollution.
BlueNaloo’s tie-up with Nomad Foods follows previously announced collaborations with Pulmuon Co. Ltd. in South Korea, Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan, and Thai Union in Thailand.
BlueNalu’s competitors are also working on cell-cultured seafood, including Blue Biosciences, Finless Foods and WildType.
About 2.7 trillion wild fish are caught for food every year – and billions more are farmed.
About 30 percent of all wild fish are overfished, while 60 percent are over-exploited.
However, fish farms on land have drawbacks, particularly due to pollution and parasites on the fish in their pens keeping them close together.
There are also animal welfare considerations – in the wild a salmon swims freely for many hundreds of miles, but in a confined space at a fish farm.