Food tech start up raises $4.25 Million in seed funding to make “fake” salmon

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Terramino Foods are launching a fish free fungi salmon burger.

The company announced a $4.25 million seed funding round co-led by True Ventures and Collaborative Fund.

In a press release, the company said that they will use the funds to expand their team and continue to develop sustainable protein products, an alternative to meat and seafood.

Terramino Foods uses fungi as a source of protein that provides the taste, texture, and nutrition of seafood.

Co-Founders Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon developed Terramino’s prototype at the Alternative Meat Lab at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Their first product is a salmon burger they say “not only looks, smells and tastes like salmon.” They claim it also has omega-3 fatty acids and is high in digestible protein, unlike many plant-based meats.

“Our fungi naturally grow in a fibrous texture that feels like meat when you chew it,” said Nixon, the company’s CTO.