The plant-based food industry is booming, but there is still some disconnect in how plant-based options look and taste compared to their animal-made counterparts. Experts in the food industry believe artificial intelligence (AI) is that missing ingredient. Food-tech company NotCo recently released its plant-based milk, called NotMilk, that looks and tastes like dairy milk, to Whole Foods stores nationwide. The company has mastered the art of creating plant-based foods that taste, feel, and look just like their animal-based counterparts using AI. "To me, you have more than 400,000 species of plants in this world that you can explore, and we have no idea what they can do," NotCo founder and CEO Matias Muchnick told Lifewire in a phone interview.
You could soon be able to enjoy 3D-printed, plant-based flank steak at home. Israeli startup Redefine Meat says that's what it hopes to accomplish for customers when it launches 3D-printed steak alternatives in 2021. The product will enter a market where plant-based meats, like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, are rising in popularity. While a couple plant-based steaks have previously hit the market, none seem to be widely available as, for example, ground meat or patties. Until now, butcher-style cuts have been less common.
The next time you visit a sushi restaurant, the delicious spicy tuna rolls that come with your sushi platter may not come from a fish at all. Finless Foods, a company specializing in cell-cultured seafood, plans to release a plant-based tuna in 2022. Using nine whole ingredients, Finless says it designed its tuna to imitate its sushi-grade counterpart. And while it's possible to marinate the plant substitute, the company envisioned it making its way into dishes that would typically call for raw fish, including poke bowls. "Our plant-based tuna offers an option for consumers who can't eat seafood because of allergies, who think about other health concerns or who just want to enjoy a seafood dish without the catch."
Nestlé S.A. plans to expand its meatless food portfolio by launching a plant-based tuna product. The vegan tuna alternative will be made up of six ingredients, including wheat gluten and pea protein. The product will be available in a chilled format so that it can be used in salads, sandwiches, and other dishes. "Our plant-based tuna alternative is delicious, nutritious and high in protein, while also being mercury-free," said Stefan Palzer, chief technology officer. "We are excited to launch this great product, and other plant-based fish and shellfish alternatives are already under development." Food Business News revealed that the company plans to use the plant-based tuna to appeal to those concerned about overfishing.