Their fish sticks and balls contain cultured fish cells as the main ingredient and, according to the startup, “have been enriched with vegetable proteins to optimize cooking behavior and mouthfeel”.
The products are ready for the market and will soon enter the regulatory approval process. Bluu Seafood is targeting initial approval and market launch in Singapore by the end of 2023, as the regulatory process there is already well defined. The company will also seek approval in the US, UK and EU.
In addition to fish balls and fish sticks, Bluu Seafood also developed the first prototypes of more complex products such as fillets and sashimi. The Company’s products are made from animal serum-free growth media and are based on proprietary non-GMO trout and salmon cell lines.
Founder and CEO Dr. Sebastian Rakers explained in a press release: “With the completion of our first products, we can demonstrate visible and edible results after less than two years of operational work. This officially makes us the first company in Europe to produce farmed fish. We are now working closely with regulators to pave the way for market launch and are using the time to focus on scaling up.”
Bluu Seafood combines cell and food technology to grow a variety of sustainable, flavorful seafood products directly from animal cells without compromising animal welfare and with a significantly lower environmental footprint than conventional fishing.
“Conventional seafood production has reached its limits as more than 90% of edible fish stocks are exploited to the limit, posing a serious threat to marine ecosystems. With Bluu Seafood, we can make an important contribution to the supply of animal protein that allows us to manage our oceans in a way that conserves resources and hopefully also promotes biodiversity in this habitat that is so important to us all,” Rakers pointed out.