Students in Denmark have developed 3D printing processes to commercialise vegan alternatives to salmon and tuna.
A group of international students recently developed a 3D technique for printing salmon.
The three students from Sweden, Spain, and Denmark teamed up to form Legendary Vish– a project that aims “to offer everyone who loves the taste of fresh seafood a delicious plant-based alternative.”
The group intends to apply the 3D printing technology to other plant-based fish products such as tuna or herring alternatives in the coming future.
Students Robin Simsa, Theresa Rothenbücher, and Hakan Gürbüz, who come from the University of Gothenburg, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) met in 2017 during the EU-led research project Training4CRM as Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers (ESR).
As part of their PhD projects, the group worked to develop 3D printing processes for medical technologies before realizing that the technology could be adapted to print plant proteins and binders in structured forms to bridge the gap seen in the plant-based seafood sector.
“We saw that in the plant-based seafood market, there are currently mainly unstructured products, such as fish sticks or burgers. However, products with a more complex structure such as salmon fillets cannot be found on the market right now,” Robin Simsa, CEO of the Legendary Vish project told FoodNavigator.
“We saw a unique opportunity in utilising 3D food printing to create seafood products with a complex structure, which cannot be achieved with classical extrusion technologies.”
The group has used a blend of mushroom, pea proteins and starch or agar-agar gelling agents along with avocado or nut oils with omega-3 fatty acids to develop the vegan salmon product.
While the 3D technology helps to achieve the fish-like texture and appearance, the students have worked with flavor and aroma experts to recreate the nuanced taste of salmon.
According to Gübüz, vegan fish products are a sustainable alternative to conventional fish, because not only does the production process produce less CO2, the ingredients can be sourced locally. In addition, the vegan products do not consume extra energy, which is needed in the form of fishing vessels and transportation of fish in refrigerated trucks.
The first products are expected to hit the market by 2022 with the team initially intending to launch in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, before expanding to Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
“We want to expand first to Scandinavia due to the high amount of seafood consumption and later also to other European countries. Our production upscale is planned to be finalised by 2022, and then consumers can get a first taste of our products,” shared the team.
The project has already received € 6,000 in funding from the Austrian funding program Greenstar for start-ups with environmentally friendly or sustainable projects and is one of the selected ten innovation projects running for a finalist position.
The winner prize money includes €210,000 in funding and a place in the Greenstar incubation program in Vienna.
The group is also eyeing on becoming a technology supplier for other plant-based companies.
“We are in the competition with our vegetarian fish product. However, depending on the further development and marketing, we can also develop to become a 3D technology supplier for other companies – especially companies with vegetarian products, since we have developed a technology that can provide texture,” said Chief of Technology Hakan Gürbüz.
Share this news to let others know about the new 3D vegan salmon from Legendary Vish.
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
- Totally Vegan Buzz Team
- 19th June 2020
All sorts of plant-based foods and products will be up for sale at this summer’s Vegan Farmers’ Market in Vancouver. Vancouver is gearing to launch the city’s first Vegan Farmers Market on 27 June at Vancouver’s Concord Community Park. The event will operate right through summer for eight full Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 …
- Charlotte Coates
- 13th January 2020
Perfume has the power to transport you. A favourite scent can remind you of many things – conjuring up the bliss of a relaxing holiday, the comfort of home or even a butterfly-filled first date. There are so many wonderful scents to choose from, no matter if you prefer musky notes, floral hints or fruity …
All the quizzes you love to binge!
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …