July 12, 2020

Good Catch Plant-Based Fish Burgers, Crab Cake, & Thai Fish Cakes are in freezers Stateside now!

It’s been over 3 years in the making and Good Catch’s chef-created frozen line can now be found in stores in the US (check the store finder here to find your nearest retailer), with more locations coming soon! “Launching on the east coast and in New England, our old stomping grounds where we grew up seemed like a perfect way to showcase this new line,” said Chad Sarno, Co-Founder & Chief Culinary Officer at Good Catch

3 new delicious seafood-free entrees and appetizers will be joining the already-popular tuna alternatives, crafted from Good Catch’s proprietary six-legume blend (peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans, and navy beans), which also carries a similar nutritional profile as fish-based tuna. Expanding the options for ocean lovers and saving our precious sea life with every Good Catch product you choose instead of fish!

Meet the new products:

Good Catch Fish-free Crab Cakes

New England Style Plant-Based Crab Cakes:

A savory treat flavored with sweet red and yellow bell peppers, green onions, a kick of spice, and parsley. These plant-based crab cakes are ideal for a quick bite. Pan-sear and top these with a plant-based spicy remoulade, and fresh-squeezed lemon, or pair them with red sauce and pasta for a heartier meal.

vegan fish cakes

Thai Style Plant-Based Fish Cakes:

This tender whitefish-style cake is flavored with an exotic balance of aromatics and spice for a Thai-style zest that is perfect for Asian-inspired menus. These cakes taste delicious pan-seared and are great on their own with a sweet chili dipping sauce, or an ideal way to top off lettuce wraps, Asian-style fish tacos, or tiny appetizer sliders.

vegan fish burgers

Classic Plant-Based Fish Burgers:

These hearty burgers have a light whitefish texture and flavor, and are simply seasoned with green onion, celery, sea salt and pepper. For a taste of seaside comfort any time of the year, pan-sear these burgers and top with pickles and horseradish tartar sauce.

``Quality and innovation are essential to the Good Catch culinary journey,`` said Chad Sarno. ``Recreating the taste and texture consumers expect from whitefish and crab cakes challenged our team to push our boundaries. We are really proud of the final outcome.``

It’s been a big year for Good Catch; with the news of a $36.8 million Series B Financing Round kicking off 2020, international expansion and distribution in Tesco UK, a joint distribution venture with Bumble Bee Foods (a leader in the traditional seafood space), the opening of our new production facility, celebrity backing from public figures, such as Paris Hilton and Woody Harrelson and now branching out into the freezer aisle!

The motivation?

“According to the United Nations, nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted, with fisheries subsidies playing an integral part. Keeping startling statistics such as this in mind, Good Catch believes that the only truly sustainable seafood is one that allows fish to remain in the ocean, undisturbed

January 15, 2020

Plant-based seafood company Good Catch ® secures over $32M – A big win for the fishes!

We are over the moon to announce that Gathered Foods, makers of Good Catch ®, a brand within Chad and Derek Sarno’s Wicked family, have closed the Series B funding round, which includes two strategic industry investors: Greenleaf Foods (owned by Maple Leaf – largest animal agriculture company in Canada and owners of Lightlife and Field Roast) and 301 INC, the venture arm of General Mills.

“We saw a white space in the plant-based seafood options on the shelves and knew that there needed to be disruption to the seafood industry as well, pair this with some incredible impact investors, we set out to create the taste, texture, nutrition and the experience of seafood – without harming the environment. We’ve had incredible feedback since we launched. Our products are available in 4500 stores in the US…and we are only just getting started.’ – Chad Sarno VP of Culinary and Co-Founder.

``We’ve had incredible feedback since we launched. Our products are available in 4500 stores in the US...and we are only just getting started.`` - Chad Sarno, VP of Culinary and Co-Founder.
good catch plant-based tuna products

Led by Stray Dog Capital and Rocana Ventures and including several prominent impact investors, such as Almanac Investments, CPT Capital and New Crop Capital, the net proceeds from the investment of series B, totaling $32 million will be the key for Good Catch ® to take their mission to the next level and globally!

“The next phase for Good Catch ® is to be laser-focused on meeting consumer desires with culinary applications across all channels” – Chris Kerr, CEO and Co-Founder of Gathered Foods. “This round of investment emphasizes the food industry’s recognition of our strategy, our reception by consumer, and anticipation for more innovation to come.”

“This round of investment emphasizes the food industry’s recognition of our strategy, our reception by consumer, and anticipation for more innovation to come.” - Chris Kerr, CEO and Co-Founder of Gathered Foods

“When we met the Good Catch® team, we were immediately captivated with their mission to develop more sustainable plant-based seafood products that taste as delicious as traditional seafood,” said John Haugen, Managing Director of 301 INC. “ Good Catch® stands out as a strong, expandable brand with passionate leadership, and we’re excited to partner to grow”.

“On the heels of widespread adoption of plant-based meat and increasing consumer concern about the environmental impacts of food production, the market is ripe for Good Catch’s next-generation plant-based seafood,” said Caroline Bushnell from the Good Food Institute, “Plant-based seafood provides a host of environmental benefits, including alleviating pressures on rapidly depleting fisheries, providing relief to fragile ocean ecosystems, reducing the impact of fishing nets on the ocean plastic problem, and reducing production-related GHG emissions.”

“On the heels of widespread adoption of plant-based meat and increasing consumer concern about the environmental impacts of food production, the market is ripe for Good Catch’s next-generation plant-based seafood.” - Caroline Bushnell, The Good Food Institute
good catch fish free tuna dinner

Wondering what this vegan seafood is made of? It’s a proprietary six-legume blend (peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans, and navy beans). And the fishy flavour? A superior umami taste is created from seaweed and algae extracts. Trust us, it tastes just like the real deal. As an added bonus, all Good Catch ® products are free of dairy, GMOs, mercury, toxins, microplastics, microfibers and are safe and enjoyable for those with shellfish allergies.

Our own Chad Sarno shares about what it took for Good Catch ® to secure $32m of funding.

The impact opportunity is what was the most attractive at the start of this project. We looked at the species that needed the most attention to start and it was finned fish, tuna being the most consumed globally. Fueled by our passion to disrupt the seafood industry, coupled with the fact that by understanding there is a white space within seafood replacement options, we were able to secure the team and attract the initial investors. Our dear friend and other co-founder, Chris Kerr, led the investment rounds focused on impact and strategic investors.

“Fueled by our passion to disrupt the seafood industry, coupled with the fact that by understanding there is a white space within seafood replacement options, we were able to secure the team and attract the initial investors.” - Chad Sarno

What does this expansion mean for Good Catch ®?

Our plant to be up and running. This is everything. Once our facility is online (late spring 2020) we know we will be able to meet the demand, including our global reach. Stay tuned for some very exciting news of this expansion in the coming weeks.

With our wider mission in mind, what does this mean for our oceans?

It’s big. According to the United Nations, nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted, with fisheries subsidies playing an integral part. Keeping startling statistics such as this in mind, Good Catch ® believes that the only truly sustainable seafood is one that allows fish to remain in the ocean, undisturbed. It is time that the seafood industry has some serious disruption, Good Catch ® can take some part in this. Seafood is consumed globally and found within a myriad of culinary applications. From an environmental standpoint, we’re hopeful that by creating delicious seafood alternatives, we’ll be able to make a real environmental impact.

“Good Catch® believes that the only truly sustainable seafood is one that allows fish to remain in the ocean, undisturbed.”