The Momentum Continues! Gathered Foods, Makers of Good Catch Foods, open huge new plant-based seafood production facility in Ohio
Yet, more good news for the oceans and sea life!
In a year that could have easily brought production to a grinding halt, Good Catch Foods have expressed much gratitude to have celebrated many successes in the plant-based space…and we’re only in August!
If you’re new here, Good Catch Foods is the chef-led plant-based seafood company, co-founded by creators of Wicked Healthy; chefs Chad and Derek Sarno. Launching originally with a clean and plant-based tuna alternative, over the past 2 years, the brand has now branched out internationally and hit freezers with their products across the States.
This week’s news may be one of the most significant announcements so far, as it’s 3 years in the making. Gathered Foods, makers of Good Catch Foods, have just opened a state-of-the-art 42,500 sq ft manufacturing facility in Ohio. The facility currently has 52 employees and is on track to expand to full capacity with up to 80 positions by the end of the year. Not only does this create a positive result for the planet, but also the local community.
– Christine Mei, CEO of Gathered Foods.
This space has the capability of producing $100 million worth of plant-based protein annually. Pretty staggering numbers and when you crunch it down, that’s a lot of sea life being saved!
We caught up with Good Catch co-founder, Chad Sarno, for a quick chat about 2020 so far:
This has no doubt been a rollercoaster year for you and the Good Catch team. What is it that underpins this rapid growth and sense of urgency?
Absolutely. We are seeing and will continue to see, a ton of forward momentum and innovation in the plant protein sector compared to 10 years ago. The impact opportunity to really disrupt the seafood category is enormous, so seizing the opportunity now makes sense. From our standpoint at Good Catch, we see this as a huge innovation opportunity and are very excited to share our products and future pipeline with the foodservice industry.
With so many groundbreaking and disruptive goals ticked off this year, are there more things on your list that you hope to accomplish before 2021?
We are extremely grateful for the momentum that continues to push plants forward. At Good Catch, we will be diving into the foodservice space in the coming autumn months, and while understanding how this space is shifting with COVID, we feel the excitement of restaurants being able to offer plant-based tuna melts, for example, on menus in the near future.
It would be fair to say that this year has uncovered many environmental issues globally, but the uprising of plant-based seafood is bringing a lot of hope! From being in the thick of this, what do you have the most hope about going forward?
Globally, we consume between 250-300 species of animals from the ocean, compared to around 30 from the land. Being able to put extremely high-quality offerings in the marketplace that make sure people don’t “miss” the taste of seafood could relieve the huge pressure being placed on our aquatic ecosystems. That’s very exciting to me and a source of great hope for the health of our oceans moving forward.
We’re seeing more plant-based seafood products cropping up in the market - what is it that gives Good Catch the edge in your opinion?
Once we were able to develop the protein texture, the sky was the limit when it came to application work! I am really proud of our frozen line, Crab Cakes, Thai Fish Cakes, and Classic White Fish Style Burger. The burger in particular is very reminiscent of a lightly seasoned white fish burger I used to have as a kid growing up on the coast of New England. Paired with horseradish tartar on a buttered bun- it definitely brings me back to childhood.
A Whistle-stop Tour of 2020
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 flavor? 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.
At this rate, we’ll have plenty more great news to announce over the coming months, but if you haven’t tried Good Catch yet, what are you waiting for!
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