The World’s First 3D-printed Salmon is Hitting Store Shelves, And it Looks Kind of Good


While the debate continues regarding the economic and environmental sustainability of plant-based meat substitutes, the consensus among experts is clear: the current state of the seafood industry is not sustainable.

Overfishing poses numerous environmental challenges, such as plastic waste and the potential loss of marine biodiversity. While scientists have been exploring seafood alternatives for some time, one enterprise is now poised to introduce its innovation, marking a significant milestone for the sector.

Revo Foods, a food-tech innovator from Austria, recently unveiled that its vegan fish fillet, “crafted to resemble salmon” and made through 3D printing, will soon be available in European supermarkets.

This marks a groundbreaking debut for 3D-printed consumables. Their September 12 announcement emphasizes that “The Filet” symbolizes a transformative phase in eco-friendly food, showcasing the capability of 3D-printed foodstuffs to be mass-produced.

This debut by Revo Foods likely heralds the arrival of numerous other 3D-printed food items in the near future.

“The Filet” utilizes mycoprotein derived from nutrient-rich filamentous fungi, naturally mimicking the texture of meat. Apart from this, the Filet comprises only 12 other ingredients like pea protein, plant-derived oils, and extracts from algae.

Possessing substantial protein and Omega-3 levels, consuming a Revo Filet mirrors the experience of eating traditional salmon, but devoid of the usual industry-related complications.

Moreover, the plant-derived nature of the Filet ensures it has an extended shelf life of three weeks, a significant improvement over conventional salmon products.

While Revo’s innovative offerings are presently exclusive to Europe, the company has expressed intentions to widen its reach “worldwide.” Simsa disclosed to PopSci their aspirations to penetrate the US market by around 2025.

In the meantime, American consumers with an appetite for innovation will have to be content with the Revo Salmon dancehall jingle… indeed, it’s not fiction.