CHICAGO, Ill. – May 12, 2022 – Food tech startup Aqua Cultured Foods announced today it has added new advisors to guide the company on strategic growth, go-to-market partners and product innovation.
Ingeborg Gasser-Kriss has 26 years of experience in food marketing, innovation, and growth opportunities across geographies and cultures, for both emerging and established markets. She is currently co-director of the Food Ecosystems Accelerator at Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, and serves on the boards of SV Group and Alver World. Gasser-Kriss is a proponent of 21st century innovation models to disrupt Big Food, including internal incubation, agile entrepreneurialism and collaborative eco-systems.
Chuck Muth’s background in building winning organizational cultures has brought him to the boards of Miyoko’s Creamery, Partake, Infinite Foods, Vive Organic, and ZICO in director and advisor roles. Muth is former Chief Growth Officer for Beyond Meat and held leadership positions at Honest Tea, Coca-Cola and Seagram Beverage Co.
Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena has 35 years of experience shaping the future of food and agriculture from the field to the boardroom, including production, services, sales, import/export and distribution. He has held senior positions at country, regional and global levels in Latin America, Asia and Europe, including three years as global CEO of the Fortune 500 Louis Dreyfus Company. He is founder/CEO of Swiss Pampa, an investment firm focused on startups and small companies revolutionizing food/ag production, and an early investor in Aqua.
“Having Ingeborg, Chuck and Gonzalo on our team is invaluable for helping us manage incoming opportunities, protect our IP and technology, and use our resources intelligently,” said Aqua CEO Anne Palermo. “We are fortunate to have the guidance and encouragement of people with diverse strengths but a shared vision for the future of food.”
Aqua is developing calamari, shrimp, scallops and filets of animal-free tuna and whitefish, all with a realistic taste and texture. Aqua’s fermentation methods do not use any animal inputs, genetic altering or modification and can be marketed as non-GMO. Unlike plant-based processed foods formulated with starches and protein isolates, products made from microbial fermentation retain naturally occurring fiber, protein, and other micronutrients. Per serving, products will contain 18-20 grams of protein, 10-12 grams of fiber, Omega-3s, and no sodium, saturated fat nor cholesterol. These nutritional values are similar to cod, which contains 18 grams of protein, .7 grams of fat, nearly 43 mg cholesterol, 54 mg of sodium, and no fiber.
About Aqua Cultured Foods
Aqua Cultured Foods is an innovative food technology startup developing the world’s first whole-muscle cut seafood alternatives created through microbial fermentation. Its novel technology produces a sustainable, complete protein source using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional aquaculture. As an R&D company with a focus on product commercialization, Aqua Cultured Foods occupies a unique position in the burgeoning alt-seafood market as well as within the fermentation industry. The company’s mission is to mitigate global challenges such as overfishing, climate change and feeding the world’s expanding population with delicious, nutrient-rich foods. Investors include Supply Change Capital, Aera VC, HPA, Sustainable Food Ventures, Hanfield Venture Partners, Lifely VC, Conscience VC, Kingfisher Capital, Big Idea Ventures, and Gonzalo Ramirez Martiarena. For more information visit https://www.aquaculturedfoods.com.