Heads up, plant-based food lovers! The startup Revo Foods from Vienna prints vegan salmon using their own recipe and self-built 3D printers.
Robin Simsa, CEO of Revo Foods in Vienna, has been inspired by the lack of vegan fish substitutes. He and his colleagues found a market niche in vegan salmon after a brainstorming: “There is almost nothing that comes close to the taste or texture of real salmon. But especially with salmon, the taste and texture are very crucial.”
Vegan salmon with purely herbal ingredients
To produce the salmon, Revo Foods could not use regular 3D printers because they are not working properly for food production. Therefore, they built the respective printers themselves: “Components like the ones we need do not yet exist on the market.”
For the salmon, Revo Foods uses a mixture of eleven plant-based ingredients. These include pea proteins, vegetable oils, plant fibres and algae extract. The ingredients are mixed with water to form a fish gel, which is then shaped into salmon using the 3D printer.
From Austria into the world
More than 100 people could already taste the printed vegan salmon from Revo Foods. “Surely 80 per cent of the testers enjoyed the taste of our salmon”, Simsa said. For the first official tasting event, his team received over 700 registrations: “This confirms to us that vegan salmon interests many people very much.”
In the next step, Revo Foods wants to bring the vegan salmon to a young urban target group. Therefore, Simsa and his team have already found local restaurants in Vienna as partners. Later, a rollout of the salmon in retail and other countries is to follow. “We would be delighted to offer our products in Germany, Scandinavia, the Benelux countries and the UK in particular”, Simsa said. Furthermore, Revo Foods is already working on new product ideas – such as printed tuna, sushi, or sashimi.
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