[16 June/Food Navigator]

BlueNalu is a new startup in the cultured meat sector which emerged this month and aimed to enter the cellular aquaculture field with cell cultured seafood products after raising a significant sum from New Crop Capital. BlueNalu was founded by Chris Somogyi, Chris Damman and Lou Cooperhouse. According to Mr Cooperhouse, it had brought together a team with expertise in cell biology, tissue engineering, intellectual property, food innovation, technology commercialisation and consumer marketing to develop seafood products directly from fish cells. The company was looking to develop partnerships with players that already had strong brands in foodservice and retail to take products to market. He added the plant-based meat industry had paved the way for the cultured meat industry. He added that given the long list of problems linked to the seafood industry, you could argue that seafood was even more compelling than beef.