[10 May/Food Navigator]

The plant-based seafood industry has grown since New Wave Foods entered the scene in 2015. New Wave Co-Founder, Dominique Barnes, said a degree in marine biodiversity and conservation armed her with a keen sense about the problem New Wave was trying to solve. She added they targeted shrimp as it was the most consumed seafood in the U.S. and was an industry with a lot of problems. She noted most of the shrimp worldwide was farmed in developing countries creating problems of its own in terms of slave labour. Ms Barnes said it was difficult to mimic shrimp due to its muscle fibres being shorter in length and having a higher moisture content. New Wave planned to target the restaurant trade initially as over two thirds of seafood is consumed outside the home. It aims to partner with large restaurant chains and foodservice providers.