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The food technology start-up Vgarden, Ltd. has expanded its selection of private label meat and dairy substitutes to include canned tuna without fish.
According to the firm, the tuna, made from pea protein, was created to provide a vegan, sustainable alternative to the most popular fish in the world that is often canned.
“Tinned tuna has a very distinct flaky, yet moist and chewy texture, with a powerful fresh-from-the sea aroma,” said Ilan Adut, chief executive officer of Vgarden. “Our new tuna-like product is clean label, scalable, affordable and sustainable. But for our plant-based creation to serve as a true substitute, even beyond compellingly mimicking all sensory qualities, it also has to match tuna as much as possible in nutritional value.”
Vgarden’s tuna is also offered in a pouch shape for cold storage in addition to its shelf-stable canned style. Each packet includes about 12% of the Daily Value of protein per serving and is produced with a small number of all-natural ingredients, including fibres and sunflower oil.
After Unmeat’s product introduction in September, the seafood substitute is the second fish-free tuna to reach the market in the last six months.