A startup that makes ``vegan bacon'' from unexpected materials appears
As more and more people adopt a plant-based diet as the impact of meat production on the planet becomes clearer, vegetarians and vegans have to forgo crispy bacon. Umaro Foods, a startup in California, has developed a technology to make bacon from seaweed that can be eaten without hesitation even by vegans and has a taste and texture that looks just like the real thing.
This startup turned seaweed into delicious vegan bacon
This 'Shark Tank' Startup Is Making Vegan Bacon Out of Seaweed
Beth Zotter, CEO and co-founder of Umaro Foods, began researching seaweed in 2012. Mr. Zotter, who was a member of a company aiming to spread seaweed-based biofuels, was unable to win the competition with fossil fuels and the business was stalled. Still, Mr. Zotter, who did not give up on the possibility of seaweed, next focused on the alternative meat market, which was rapidly expanding with the advent of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods .
According to Zotter, seaweed growing in the sea can produce five times as much protein as a soybean field of the same area. Seaweed also has a rich and rich taste, as evidenced by the discovery of umami, also known in English as umami, in a study of kombu seaweed by Japanese researchers.
Furthermore, when Zotter et al. advanced their research on seaweed, they found a gel-like component that can hold five times the original weight of oil, and found that when baked, it was possible to reproduce a crunchy texture similar to bacon. From there, Zotter took the red algae-based ingredient and added chickpea protein, coconut and sunflower oil fatty acids, red hues of paprika and radishes, and seasoned with sea salt. , succeeded in creating bacon that looks and tastes just like the real thing.
by Umaro Foods
The most important is the 'fat encapsulation' by the seaweed-derived gel, which gives the finished product a crisp fat mouthfeel. Fat molecules are also essential for recreating the flavor of meat.
by Umaro Foods
So far, Umaro Foods' bacon has only been used in vegan sandwiches and burritos at a handful of restaurants in the United States, but it aims to sell it in stores sometime in 2023, and is also raising funds. is underway.
Zotter and co-founder Amanda Stiles appeared in the American version of 'Money Tiger ', ' Shark Tank ', which was broadcast in August 2022, and an investor commented, 'It's great to make sandwiches. It's really delicious.' And succeeded in withdrawing 1 million dollars (about 135 million yen).
Zotter, who also plans to make vegan-friendly pepperoni and salami from seaweed, said, 'Seaweed is the most sustainable source of protein. It will be the first product to reach the table of the people of the country.'
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