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Plant-based tuna first appeared in Switzerland

Japanese food "sushi" is already popular all over the world. Among the sushi, tuna is the most popular. However, overfishing of tuna has led to a decrease in Pacific bluefin tuna. Since 2015, fishermen have been working on resource management to restore tuna stocks, based on an international commitment by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. It is important not to extinct tuna by controlling the amount of catch, but the idea of creating an alternative to marine tuna is also important for the present age. 

Nestlé, a global food and beverage company, has made a surprising announcement. The company is launching plant-based tuna. What was announced this time is that instead of sashimi, the type that is generally sold in cans will be sold in jars. According to the announcement, plant-based tuna will be launched under the name “Sensational VUNA” under the Garden Gourmet brand, which sells plant-based burgers and sausages. First of all, it will be released for the first time in Switzerland, and future developments will be announced soon. It has also been announced that some Swiss stores will offer sandwiches made from plant-based tuna, in addition to the “Sensational VUNA” in jars. By the way, the ingredients are rich in the protein of peas, which is an environmentally friendly nutrient source, and do not use any artificial colors or preservatives.

Stefan Palzer, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer, said: “Sustainably produced plant-based seafood alternatives can help to reduce overfishing and to protect the biodiversity of our oceans. Our plant-based tuna alternative is delicious, nutritious and high in protein. We are excited to launch this great product, and other plant-based fish and shellfish alternatives are already under development.”

It is surprising that the company has already developed plant-based seafood other than the tuna announced this time. Non-tuna alternatives are expected to be available in stores in the near future, as plant-based tuna has also been announced to have been developed in just nine months.

This year, Nestlé is improving its plant-based burgers, partnering with two major companies in the development and production of vegetable protein, and quickly launching plant-based alternatives. Even Nestlé, which boasts an overwhelming share of the food and beverage industry, may find it important to move things fast, looking to the future of the planet and society.


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