- Fish balls made from cultivated fish cells supplemented with plant proteins
- First of several prototypes to be showcased this year
August 31, 2022 - Umami Meats, a cultivated seafood startup developing sustainable alternatives for endangered fish species, unveiled the world’s first cultivated fish ball laska at a private event in Singapore on August 30, 2022. The cultivated fish balls were prepared using cultivated fish produced by Umami Meats and supplemented with plant proteins to enhance mouthfeel and bind the fish into the traditional fish ball structure. “We’re excited to be able to showcase our first product prototype and to demonstrate the first visible and edible results of our team’s R&D advancements,” says Mihir Pershad, Founder and CEO. As to why the company chose to develop fish ball laksa as a first prototype: “As a Singapore-based company, we wanted to craft a dish that embodied Singapore’s rich food culture. When we thought of classic, iconic Singaporean dishes, laksa immediately came to mind.” Umami Meats is a Singapore-based cultivated seafood company with a focus on developing species that are expected to experience severe supply-side shortages in the coming years due to climate change, overfishing and continuously growing consumer demand. The company has developed proprietary, non-GMO process for producing fish muscle, fat, and connective tissue from a single stem cell and is actively developing the technology that will enable production of cultivated seafood products for a range of the world’s most vulnerable fish species. Umami Meats has also been working closely with regulators at the Singapore Food Agency and has received an administrative exemption for serving its cultivated fish balls as part of Feed 9B Singapore Restaurant Week. Mihir notes, “We are looking forward to receiving feedback from this first tasting event and learning how we can make further iterations even more compelling and delicious for consumers. We are actively developing several additional prototypes based on our cultivated fish muscle and fats and look forward to launching them later this year.”
Umami Meats is pioneering cultivated, 'not caught' seafood by crafting delicious, nutritious, and affordable cultivated fish that is better for our health, our oceans, and our future. Umami Meats is dedicated to regenerating our oceans and our planet by enabling consumers to have their fish and eat it too, starting with IUCN’s (International Union For Conservation of Nature) red-listed species that are difficult to farm and are being driven extinct by human consumption. The company’s cultivated seafood production system will enable a stable, resilient, local supply of seafood free from mercury, antibiotics, microplastics, and ocean pollutants.
Umami Meats is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Principles, a member of 1% for the Planet and is committed to enabling ocean restoration, conservation, and blue carbon sequestration through its activities. Umami Meats has been recognised as a Semi-Finalist in XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion, Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge Finalist 2021, Global Green Business Awards’ Best Emerging Sustainable Seafood Company–Southeast Asia, and as Singapore Business Awards 2022 Best Sustainable Seafood Company.