The New York-based Specialty Food Association (SFA) Trendspotter Panel has predicted that alternative seafood products will be among the top trends in specialty food in 2023.

"The awareness of the meatless category is driving consumers to look for alternatives in seafood, too,” said Patsy Ramirez-Arroyo, food & sustainability consultant. “Key to acceptance is aligning nutritional values, texture and flavor to those of traditional fish.”

“New patents and technologies are populating the space, marine farming is rising as an option to traditional agriculture and some specialty food brands are getting people to rethink seaweed and algae,” SFA said. “As consumers are lured by more sustainable options, they are catching on to seafood alternatives.”

Heath, Ohio-based Gathered Foods’ brand Good Catch offers a plant-based tuna product that can be used as an alternative ingredient in a retailer’s private label deli-style tuna salad recipes.

The Plant-Based Bulk Tuna Flake contains 23 grams of protein per serving, derived from Good Catch’s six-legume protein blend of peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans and navy beans.

It tastes like real tuna, is easy to prepare and is incredibly versatile, said Billy Lullo, Good Catch’s chief sales officer.

The product was exhibited at the SFA’s 2022 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York June 12-14, 2022.

The Specs

  • Net weight: 15 pounds
  • Case count: six units of 2.5 pounds per case
  • Packaging: 2-pound bags are stored frozen and can be refrigerated up to four days
  • Usage: substitute it one-for-one for conventional tuna

For more information on Good Catch products, recipes and instore marketing materials, visit its website.