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Tyson Looks To Make Plant-Based Shrimp The Next Big Thing

After selling its stake in Beyond Meat to focus on its own line of plant-based products, Tyson Foods‘ is going to invest big in plant-based shrimp.

The Next Big Thing

Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Tyson brand will be an amount less than 20% investing in New Wave Foods, according to one report. The company also took a minority share in Beyond Meat when they were vested in that company. New Wave was founded in 2015 and makes a plant-based shrimp from seaweed, soy protein with natural flavors added.

Tyson CFO Tom Mastrobuoni told CNBC, “I tasted it for the first time in a cafe in Palo Alto, and I had no idea I was eating plant-based shrimp.”

More Than Just Shrimp

New Wave also plans to introduce crab and lobster. The company’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Michelle Wolf says shrimp was first because it is the most widely consumed seafood worldwide. “From a business perspective, it made sense because of the market opportunity.”

Because there is so little competition in the plant-based crustacean market, New Wave was an attractive prospect for a company like Tyson who was looking for a new investment. Mastrobuoni agrees. “We’ve said this all along — alternative protein is an ‘and’ concept for Tyson, it’s not an ‘or.'” Mastrobuoni said.

Where It Is

New Wave Foods’ is limited to only three food-service locations. According to CEO Mary McGovern, the plan is to rollout the product through food service first, because 80% of U.S. shrimp consumption occurs outside the home.

Since starting the Tyson Ventures fund in 2016, New Wave is their ninth investment.

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