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SeaSpire’s plant-based snapper nears market launch

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SeaSpire, an Indian alternative seafood startup, is shortly due to launch a bioprinted plant-based snapper product in New Zealand and India.

SeaSpire’s co-founders Shantanu Dhangar and Varun Gadodia

The company claims to be first of its kind to produce bioprinted whole-cut whitefish products in the APAC region and is establishing an operational base in India to cater to the APAC region. The plant-based meat consumer adoption in the Indian-subcontinent is on its rise and the company is optimistic that this region will also experience similar growth in demand across the alternative seafood category in the coming years. They have their R&D base in New Zealand.

Over the coming months the company will pilot-launch its first set of plant-based seafood offerings in India and New Zealand, starting with a plant-based whole-cut snapper fillets, and focus on building an alternative-seafood brand in the emerging APAC markets including Singapore and Australasia.

A plant-based, bioprinted alternative to a snapper fillet

© SeaSpire

“We see green field opportunities when it comes to alt-seafoods in the largest seafood consuming regions like India and south-east Asia. We aim to drive category growth in this region with a range of healthy and delectable alt-seafood starting with our whole-muscle whitefish fillets,” said co-founder Shantanu Dhangar, in a press release.

SeaSpire says that it focuses on technologies that can displace the inefficiencies with seafood production and is investigating the potential of upcycled horticultural side streams to develop feedstock for their alternative seafood wholecuts.

“We need smart proteins and even a smarter production infrastructure to address sustainable food transition for future generations. Reducing supply chain stress, ingredient innovations and upcycling feedstock are supporting pillars for our success at SeaSpire,” said co-founder Varun Gadodia.

The company will be showcasing its products at Tomorrow’s Protein Summit - by XPRIZE Foundation later this year and is aiming for its plant-based whitefish wholecuts market launch in early 2023.

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