HomeTech3D printed ‘salmon’ is now on the market — what is it made from?
3D printed ‘salmon’ is now on the market — what is it made from?
September 19, 2023
All the fish that’s fit to print.
The world’s first 3D-printed vegan salmon is currently swimming off the shelves in Austrian supermarkets — and its creator has high hopes for the futuristic filets.
“With the milestone of industrial-scale 3D food printing, we are entering a creative food revolution, an era where food is being crafted according to the customer needs,” said Robin Simsa, CEO of Vienna-based food tech startup Revo Foods.
“We are not just creating a vegan alternative; we are shaping the future of food itself,” Simsa boasted.
The 100 percent vegan protein-packed fish alternative is comprised of fungi as well as Omega-3, all 9 essential amino acids, and Vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, and D2, according to Revo. It contains no sugar, gluten, or cholesterol.
Revo worked with fellow food startup, Mycorena, to create a type of mycroprotein, a protein that comes from a fungus, specifically made to be 3D printed, IFLScience reported.
The product is already sold out on Revo’s website, where it retails for about $7.50. The company currently ships to Austria and Germany and will ship to the rest of the EU countries beginning in October.
In response to a comment asking when the food would be available stateside, a representative for the brand wrote: “Hopefully soon!! Stay tuned ❤️🔥.”
Revo brands itself as a “seafood company that saves fish,” stating that more than 18,000 fish have been protected since production began. According to their website, the vegan version produces 77-86 percent less CO2 than regular salmon. They also use 95 percent less freshwater.
Meanwhile, the Israeli firm Steakholder Foods created the first ever 3D bio-printer grouper earlier this year.
The grouper, which was created in partnership with Umami Foods, is ready to cook upon printing and will not harm the environment, like fishing,” Umami Meats CEO Mihir Pershad told SWNS. Steakholder Foods uses cells from fish and other animals to grow meat and protect animals.
Also earlier this year, the US Agriculture Department gave two different makers — Upside Foods and Good Meat — permission to sell “cell-cultivated” meat that doesn’t come from animals that have been killed.
This was just months after the Food and Drug Administration deemed cell-cultured lab-made chicken safe to eat.
Unlike Revo’s food which contains no animal products, lab meat is made from cells that come from a living animal, a fertilized cell, or a bank of stored cells. It’s grown in bioreactors.