Canadian companies team up to create alternative seafood

Konscious Foods will incorporate ingredients grown and processed in Canada, including pea and canola proteins from Merit Functional Foods and seaweed ingredients from Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds, to develop more than 20 seafood replacement products made from plants.

“It’s impressive to see Canadian companies working together to develop new, innovative plant-based seafood products,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne. “This project, with the support of the federal government, builds capacity, leverages partnerships, and creates more jobs and economic growth, while delivering in-demand products.

The products are being developed, in part, through a co-investment from Protein Industries Canada.

“Canadian consumers are looking for more plant-based food choices, and they want those choices to be developed sustainably and here in Canada whenever possible,” said Protein Industries Canada CEO Bill Greuel. “Our processors and manufacturers have the innovative spirit and the raw resources to do so, but they often need investment support. Protein Industries Canada is proud to be one of its potential partners in this space, helping bring new plant-based foods, like these seafood alternatives, to grocery stores faster, providing Canadian families with new choice of healthy and sustainable food options.

“At Konscious, our chefs apply their culinary skills to craft plant-based foods from simple, high-quality ingredients,” said Yves Potvin, CEO of Konscious Foods. “We are grateful for the support Protein Industries Canada has provided us, allowing us to innovate in the grocery freezer aisle and help consumers make better choices. Our new line of delicious, plant-based sushi and onigiri are good for you and good for the planet.

A total of $15.3 million has been committed to the project, with Protein Industries Canada committing $5.5 million and the partners committing the remaining $9.8 million.