Behind the Scenes in Fauda

In Fauda Season 4, Episode 2, actors refer to three Israeli companies that helped Doron and the team locate the bad guys.

They are Cellebrite, Armis, and Ermetic.

I review each one and see what they do because all three have people on the ground in Australia, working with Australian entities.

Cellebrite – Digital Intelligence Solutions. Publicly listed on NYSE since August 2021. Founded 1999, 500+ employees, US$370m funding. Cellebrite’s mission is to enable its customers to protect and save lives, accelerate justice, and preserve privacy in communities around the world. Cellebrite develops digital intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors, empowering organisations to master the complexities of legally sanctioned digital investigations by streamlining intelligence processes. Cellebrite’s digital intelligence platform and solutions transform how customers collect, review, analyse, and manage data in legally sanctioned investigations.

Armis – Asset Intelligence Platform. Acquired by Insight Partner January 2020. Founded 2015. 500+ employees, US$537m funding. Armis offers an asset intelligence platform designed to address the new threat landscape that connected devices create. The platform was built to protect the extended asset attack surface, including managed, unmanaged, IT, OT, IoMT, IoT, cloud, and connected 5G assets. Armis customers are from across all industries, verticals, and segments, including governments, state, local, and education; healthcare; critical infrastructure providers; retail; manufacturing; smart cities; transport; and energy.

Ermetic – Identity-first Cloud Infrastructure Security Platform. Founded 2019. Two hundred employees and growing, US$97.25m  Funding. Ermetic is an identity-first cloud infrastructure security platform that provides holistic, multi-cloud protection in an easy-to-deploy SaaS solution. Ermetic helps prevent breaches by continuously analysing permissions, configurations, and behaviour across the full stack of identities, network, data, and compute resources. Using advanced analytics to assess, prioritise, and automatically remediate risks, Ermetic makes it possible to reduce the attack surface and enforce least privilege at scale even in the most complex cloud environments.

Each company is well-respected in the market and has civilian applications, not just homeland security. If you’re interested in a connection with their local Australian representatives, please reach out. Jeremy.Ungar@israeltrade.gov.il

Health at Home: The Benefits of Reduced Time in the Hospital

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement that in the United States more than one out of every five deaths can be linked to Hospital-Associated Infections (HAI) in the United States. The most effective way to change this statistic is to reduce the amount of time patients stay in hospitals. There are a variety of reasons people find themselves stuck in hospitals. Some individuals who find themselves in the hospital regularly are those who need consistent care, such as chemo and dialysis patients. Other patients need constant monitoring, while other patients are stuck in a hospital waiting for a spot in a long-term care facility to become available. In different situations, individuals who are already high-risk such as immunocompromised, high-risk pregnancies, and the elderly, need to go to the hospital for testing that would be safer completed at home.

With the technological advances within the healthcare industry, a wide variety of companies have created ways to reduce time spent in the hospital. Below are some of the Israeli startups whose products will reduce time spent in hospitals.

Dealing with…

Chronic Illness at Home

Paragate Medical – Developing an implantable device to treat fluid overload in patients suffering from chronic heart or kidney failure. Their Implantable Peritoneal Ultrafiltration Device (IPUD) is a minimally invasive device that serves as a mechanical bypass to the kidneys to continuously remove excess fluid from the body to keep patients balanced at home.

Pregnancy at Home

Nuvo – Commercializing INVU, the first FDA cleared remote monitoring system for pregnant women. Their belt monitors both the maternal and fetal heart rate. Their product allows for women to complete many of their maternity check-ins from their own home.

Continuous Monitoring at Home

Biobeat – provides an FDA approved, AI-driven remote patient monitoring platform that includes a disposable short-term chest monitor and a long-term wrist monitor. Both monitors accurate provide readings of 15 health parameters, including cuffless blood pressure, pulse rate and respiratory rate.

Testing at Home

Healthy.io – Uses colorimetric analysis, computer vision, and AI to transform the smartphone camera into a clinical-grade medical device. This technology can analyze urine tests and chronic wounds using a variety of devices and under different lighting conditions, making testing as easy as snapping a picture.

Implanting Innovation the Israeli Way

The 1982 movie, “Annie”, gave us the memorable takeaway, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”. A simple gesture which wields considerable power on our mind, body and social relationships. Yet, the upkeep of those pearly whites is cause of immense anxiety for millions. DentaVox market survey reveals 60% of the population, across geographies, experience some form of “dental anxiety” and 4% have never been to a dentist. 39% were afraid of the pain, 24% didn’t like the smell of chemicals and 21% feared the sound of the drill. About 7% were afraid of being stuck in the dental chair, while 5% feared having to keep their mouth open for a long time. We can all identify with one or more of these response groups.

The concerns, some of which are seemingly trivial, translate to significantly large numbers neglecting their oral health. And, oral health is a window to our general well-being. Studies suggest oral bacteria and inflammation might play a role in cardiovascular disease, birth complications, respiratory disease and may offer clues to underlying health conditions like diabetes and HIV among others[1].

Israeli ingenuity at innovation – their uncanny ability to recognize an unmet need or spot opportunity where others may not see potential, coupled with a highly evolved tech ecosystem- has given rise to a significant 120 companies offering a wide gamut of dental solutions that harness AI and integrate digitally enabled technology. Diagnostics and treatments using 3D imaging, platforms that facilitate the seamless integration of clinics and labs, intraoral scanners, 3D printing and tele-dentistry – savvy solutions that increase efficiency and assist with tailored treatment plans, offering a compelling value proposition. They address the very problems consumers articulate by enhancing clinical performance, reducing chair time and providing marked improvements in patient experience.

Take for instance ForumTec’s one-of-a-kind Implant Spotter which accurately detects dental implants covered by the gum. It eliminates the need for complex and painful procedures such as cutting away gum tissue during two stage implantology treatments. This innovative detector minimizes pain, reduces healing time and chair time and maximizes treatment efficiency. Their many years of experience in endodontics and implantology has given Forumtec a leading edge in these areas of specialization and they offer proven and reliable apex and implant locators for faster, more accurate dental procedures with ease in treatment for both patient and dentist.    

Dental market research suggests that the biggest drivers of growth in 2023 will be cosmetic surgery, implants and new technology. Having a finger on the pulse of industry trends, the following companies devised products that cater to these same predicted market demands.  

Image Guided Implantology (IGI) is the world’s first image guided implant dentistry system that utilizes 3D imaging and motion tracking. With the help of a CT scan and a computerized navigation system, the IGI facilitates the ideal dental implant placement. This system assists the surgeon place implants precisely according to pre-surgical planning, helps minimize postoperative dental morbidity and reduces surgical treatment time.

Magdent offers another ingenious product for improved dental implant procedures. A Miniaturized Electromagnetic Device (MED) which utilizes electromagnetic fields to stimulate bone formation and bone quality in a shorter time following an implant procedure. On average, dental implants require 3 to 4 dental visits and may take anywhere between 3 to 6 months for the bone to heal and grow around the implant (osseointegration). This may extend to 9 months if a bone graft is necessary to increase the amount of bone (osteogenesis).  Besides being a lengthy process, the failure rate of implantation increases significantly in patients with poor bone quality or insufficient bone. With MED, dentists can actively shorten and improve the osseointegration process as well as bone quality in dental implant procedures.

And, then there is IVENEER – the answer to how to get that beautiful smile.  Dental veneers conceal cracks, chips, stains and other cosmetic imperfections and IVENEER boasts the only injectable and closed veneer system. Clinicians can achieve a refined, high-gloss restoration in a fraction of the time it takes to complete a freehand restoration, making it the fastest and most effective technology on the market.

The global dental market is projected to grow from USD 38.84 billion in 2022 to USD 63.93 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.4% during forecast period[2]. Several factors are accelerating this expansion – the increasing prevalence of tooth disorders, high demand for cosmetic dental procedures and treatments, rising awareness about oral health and a raft of business-friendly measures introduced by countries like UAE, Turkey, Thailand, Mexico and Hungary to position themselves as attractive dental tourism destinations.

Dental clinics have also realised the need to improve the customer journey and undergone a radical transformation. Gone are the days of interminable waits at the clinic, thumbing through dog-eared, back issues of magazines. With plush, visually pleasing interiors that inspire relaxation and comfort, luxury upholstered dental chairs, electronic health records for seamless integration of information and referrals, vibrantly themed children’s clinics and mounted television screens so kids can flip channels and stay suitably distracted – patients now almost look forward to their next dental appointment.

Along with the aesthetic uplift, dentists are embracing emerging technologies and innovation to provide a superior experience and maintain competitive advantage. The opportunity that this presents for collaboration with cutting edge Israeli manufacturers, is immense. Notable acquisitions in the recent past include Israel based Alpha-Bio Tec by world leader Nobel Biocare and MIS Implants as well as Datum Dental by global giant Dentsply Sirona.

The Israeli AgriFood Tech Sector

Israel has long been a trailblazer in the field of AgriFood-Tech, having been forced to innovate in order to overcome unfavorable growing conditions. Its landmark achievement was the invention of drip irrigation, a novel way to water and fertilize crops – using minimal resources that went on to revolutionize the meaning of the term arable land. Since then Israel has cultivated a thriving ecosystem – the second largest in the world – home to almost 400 companies. The industry provides a wide spectrum of solutions, helping to increase yields, reduce the use of harmful chemicals, and improve the quality and variety of crops. Over the past three decades, Israel’s agricultural capabilities have been further augmented by cutting-edge technologies like computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced communications, traceability solutions, and biotechnology, producing an ecosystem that stretches far beyond the country’s borders.

Here is a list of some companies for your perusal:

  1. AgrinozeOnly Automatic and Autonomous Irrigation and Fertigation Solution in the World Scalable for Food Security
  2. Agrinoze’s fully autonomous irrigation and fertigation proprietary algorithm runs the end-to-end system continuously, collects real-time unique plant and soil data, determines precise irrigation and fertigation commands, and executes them autonomously.
  3. This method is effective for any crop, soil, substrate, and growing environment, including open fields, greenhouses, and orchards, enabling any farm to become a pioneer in the battle for food security. The result is an ideal root zone environment with zero human intervention.
  4. Agrinoze increases yield by hundreds of percentage points, conserves water and fertilizers, improves soil health, and enables food security pioneers to feed the world sustainably by delivering the first scalable solution for boosting global food production.
  5. Agrinoze was recently honored as one of ten startups featured in the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit’s TechHub in San Francisco, California and is active in many markets around the world including the US, Morocco, Israel, Thailand and Indonesia.
  • AquamaofRecirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) with the Least Energy Consumption in the Industry
  • Featuring next generation Aquaculture Technology, Aquamaof’s advance Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) technology offers maximum control, minimum maintenance and ultimate sustainability.
  • At the core of the AquaMaof integrated RAS technology is efficient power management, dramatically reducing costs of energy.
  • Strict biosecurity protocols and complete environmental control enable elimination of antibiotics and chemicals in the process and high survival rates. Sophisticated scalable and flexible design enables adaptation to different requirements, and integration of new technologies as they become available.
  • Their track record spans across the globe, and have implemented successful projects in countries like Japan, Canda, Poland and Russia.
  • Bee-ioThe Only Company in the World Making Honey Without Bees (Listed on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange)
  • Utilizing novel bio-processes, micro-organisms are engineered to create the same proteins bees use to transform nectar to honey in their stomachs.
  • Existing methods of honey production endangers bees and results in escalating prices. Similarly, the honey produced may contain toxins, pesticides, and antibiotics.
  • Bee-io’s production technology enables 365-day high production capacity of ‘clean’ honey therefore meeting growing demand and contributing to food security, cost reduction resulting in reasonable prices, and very importantly reduces extinction rate of bees, a critical member of ecological integrity.
  • Bee-io has two successful R&D collaborations with global research powerhouses MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • BioticPlastic Alternative: First to produce fully bio-based & biodegradable PHBV polymers in a non-sterile environment, in a continuous process (Backed by Rockstart and The Yield Lab)
  • Biotic provides a fully bio-based & biodegradable polymer manufacturing process, using marine biomass as feedstock for the precise fermentation process.
  • Their PHBV polymers fully degrade into CO2 and water, safely eliminating recycling needs and costs. The circular process also allows extraction of valuable byproducts such as protein, colorants, lipids and other small molecules.
  • Named in the FoodTech 500 2021 list; Finalists of ‘The Tech For Humanity Awards’ – Aviram Foundation with Forbes (Dubai, 2022) and Finalists of the Ag Plastics Innovation Challenge.
  • In advanced stages of collaboration with global leaders in the Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods, Packaging, Medical Care, and additional industries.
  • NextFermThe Only Neutral-Tasting Vegan Protein that can Nutritionally Replace Animal-derived Protein (Listed on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange)
  • NextFerm is a global leader in non-GMO strain development technologies with a proven track record for developing robust and highly efficient strains for industrial scale applications.
  • ProteVin™ is a revolutionary vegan protein. It is the first highly digestible, non-GMO, whole protein that can replace animal derived protein without compromising on nutrition, taste & performance.
  • Its nutritional value enables a faster muscle mass regeneration with minimal protein intake compared to other vegan solutions thus, presenting the most competitive alternative to whey protein.
  • Plantae BioSciencesAccelerating Evolution to Create New Plant-centric Solutions (Backed by NRS Group)
  • Plantae Bioscience synergistically combines 3 scientific disciplines – gene editing (CRISPR and more), metabolic engineering and computational protein design – to accelerate evolution to create new plant-centric realities. Vertical farming, nutrient-enhanced vegetables and cellular agriculture are the main applications. 
  • PLANTAE BIOSCIENCE is committed to improving food security, public health and wellness by utilizing advanced biotechnology tools. It is a partnership between Huminn and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
  • Given the challenges to feed the world in an era of climate distress and resource scarcity, new agricultural technologies are needed. These new technologies demand new, and purpose-designed plant genetics.
  • Steakholder FoodsMost Advanced 3D Bio-Printing for Cultured Meat (Listed on Nasdaq)
    • Steakholder Foods Ltd. (Nasdaq: STKH), formally MeaTech 3D Ltd. ($MITC), is on a mission to make real meat sustainable and slaughter free.
    • With proprietary 3D bioprinting technology and advanced cellular biology, the company is developing whole-cut, ground and hybrid products that will allow people to continue enjoying tender, juicy meat while making the right choice for the planet and all its inhabitants. Join the new community of meat lovers and help write the next chapter in the story of meat.
    • Milestones:
      • Funding: $59 Million raised. First Nasdaq-listed cultivated meat company.
      • R&D achievements: December 2021 – Largest ever cultivated steak printed – 3.67 oz
      • Acquisitions & collaborations:
        • February 2021 – acquisition of Peace of Meat, a leading Belgian developer of cultured avian products.
        • July 2022 – Steakholder Foods announces collaboration with Umami Meats, a Singaporean cultured seafood company.
        • May 2022 – wholly owned subsidiary Peace of Meat signs joint development agreement with ENOUGH, a leader in mycoprotein.
        • October 2021 – Steakholder partners with the BlueSoundWaves collective, led by Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Effie Epstein.
      • Facilities:
        • March 2022 – Steakholder announced plans for an R&D facility and pilot plant in Belgium.
      • IP portfolio – 15 patents submitted, one already granted
  • Tamuz – Preservative and Antibacterial Material
  • Developed a mix molecule from a natural plant source, as well as a synthetic material but identical to the natural one.
  • Experiments show a significant extending shelf life on food product (like fish and meat) and the potential possibility, to apply their product in various food to extend their shelf life, (including drugs and vaccines) which are susceptible to infections.
  • They are now focused on preserving food, medicines and vaccines and the ability to extend the shelf life of various food products, fresh, frozen, chilled and thawed.
  • The product is currently approved by the FDA as a GRAS material.

L3Harris and IAI partner on vehicle protection system

https://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/l3harris-and-iai-partner-on-vehicle-protection-system

L3Harris Technologies has entered into a teaming agreement with IAI-ELTA Systems to deliver a sophisticated fire detection and response capability for Australian armoured fighting vehicles.

The new system is expected to enable a combat vehicle – when it encounters live fires – to immediately detect incoming rounds and initiate self-defence responses, which include a combination of electronic warfare measures and kinetic effects.

“Manufactured by L3Harris Micreo in Brisbane, the system sensors are easily deployed and integrated onto any vehicle. They will not only rapidly detect live fires, but will be intuitive for operators in any battlespace to employ,” Sarah Earey, managing director of Intelligence and Cyber International – APAC at L3Harris said.

The advanced tactical sensors for the system were developed by ELTA, including the StormGuard Tactical Multi-mission Radar System, Othello Optical Threat Locator and Othello-P Opto-Acoustic Hostile Fire Location System.

“IAI looks forward to working with L3Harris Technologies to provide these unique sensors for armored vehicles in Australia,” Zvi Yarom, IAI-ELTA’s vice president and general manager, Land Systems, said. “Together IAI and L3Harris have a superior combined knowledge and capability in this field. Further trials are ongoing with very positive reports, so we are confident that the full system will meet the local requirements.”

L3Harris’ decade-long relationship with ELTA has led to the defence systems innovator becoming the prime contractor for the delivery of the solution.

“Our strong partnership with ELTA has ensured they see us as a safe pair of hands, which is why we were approached to provide Australian Industry Capability and act as prime for local projects,” Earey said. “We look forward to working with ELTA to ultimately deliver a truly sovereign capability for Australian service members.”

Chief Rabbi of Israel Rules Aleph Farms’ Cultivated Steak as Kosher

Cultivated meat company Aleph Farms announces that Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, has ruled its cultivated steak to be kosher, meaning it is permitted for consumption by Jews under religious law.

According to the food tech, this is the first time such an authority in Judaism has decided on cultivated meat.

Aleph Farms, which focuses on growing steaks directly from non-genetically engineered animal cells, says it is still working with local rabbinic authorities to receive kosher certification for its Rehovot-based production facility.

Intersection of tradition and innovation

Didier Toubia, Aleph Farms’ Co-Founder and CEO, said: “This ruling is meaningful not only for Aleph Farms as a company but also for the entire cultivated meat industry. It sets a foundation for an inclusive public discourse about the intersection of tradition and innovation in our society.” 

After this ruling, the company expects that other local authorities will confirm Aleph Farms’ cultivated steaks as kosher, enabling Jewish people who observe kashrut to consume cultivated meat steaks.

The global kosher beef market

As described by Aleph Farms, the growing preference for kosher beef in key countries such as the US, France, and Israel, which have the highest Jewish populations and account for over 86% of the global Jewish population, is driving the market. The global kosher beef market is expected to reach approximately $100.85 billion by 2030. 

According to the cultivated meat company, in 2021, approximately 73.9% of Israel’s population was Jewish, making it key for Aleph Farms to receive a kosher certificate ahead of its market launch later this year. 

Seeking out Halal and Hindu certifications

Aleph Farms stated that the company is seeking out Halal and Hindu certifications for its products to be inclusive and viable options for different religious practices.

Aleph Farms is working closely with regulatory agencies worldwide as it prepares for the commercial launch of its first product, the cultivated thin-cut beef steak. It also plans to produce different cuts of steak and cultivated collagen, develop through additional proprietary capabilities. 

“We’re excited that more groups of diners can enjoy our products regardless of their religion, helping us advance our inclusive vision for food security and tap into different food cultures around the world,” Toubia added.

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Healthcare’s Answer to “Facebook, Waze and Tinder”

Social media algorithm pairs up people with same conditions

It’s somewhere between Facebook, Waze and Tinder, says Amnon Bar-Lev.

He’s created a social media platform that connects people with similar health conditions so they can share experiences, discuss symptoms and medication, and be there for each other.

Alike is up and running in the USA, where 100,000 users have so far uploaded their medical data – anonymously – plus details of age, gender, BMI, exercise, any vitamins or supplements they take – and started interacting with others.

The internet may have become the go-to place for instant medical advice, but it’s a hit-or-miss experience at best.

“Dr Google and Dr Facebook aren’t such great doctors,” Bar-Lev tells NoCamels. “They don’t see the overall picture and they lack context.”

That’s why he set up Alike, so that people with very similar health situations could connect with each other.

“If someone has been through something similar before, we can learn so much from them. It’s the wisdom of the crowd,” he says.

Users upload data from their healthcare provider – anonymously and for free – and receive a notification to say how many people are clinically alike, with each one scored out of 100 for “alike-ness”. Users can then reach out to each other and chat.

The alternative – a simple internet search – may allow a fibromyalgia sufferer, for example, to find a relevant group or forum. But narrowing the field to find people who also have Crohn’s disease and anxiety would be tricky.

That’s where Alike’s matchmaking capabilities come in. It employs cluster analysis – the grouping of objects, or in this case people, with similar characteristics – to establish connections.

Two users may, for example, both have diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and asthma. They’re both taking three of the same medications.

Alike is powered by an algorithm designed to analyze clusters. It trawls their health records, calculates these two users are 86 per cent clinically similar, and connects them.

Bar-Lev, who used to fly F-16s for the Israeli Air Force, says he’s harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing and big data to empower patients, change healthcare and improve lives.

People subscribe, he says, for two main reasons – for practical advice and because they don’t want to feel alone.

He stepped down as president of Check Point, the multi-billion dollar Israeli software giant company with 90 offices worldwide – and went back to school in 2018.

He was 56 when he enrolled, alongside 20-something undergraduates, at the Sackler School of Medicine ,at Tel Aviv University, to study life sciences. He was looking for a “big problem” to solve, and he found it.

“I was sitting in class and there was a discussion about medications,” he says. “And I learned that a typical medication, is good for only about 20 to 30 per cent of people with the same condition.”

That set him thinking about how he could identify, or cluster, those 20 or 30 per cent. And how he could cluster people by other criteria, so that those with very similar health problems could share their experiences.

The result was the healthcare startup Alike, which he launched year ago, and which has a staff of 15 – a far cry from the 6,000 workers at Check Point.

One of the first concerns people raise about Alike is the quality of the advice users give and receive. What if it’s wrong or harmful?

“It can happen,” says Bar-Lev. “Physicians can also give bad advice, but in most cases, research shows that the crowd actually fixes itself. Other people will come in and say no, no, it’s wrong.”

Users who behave badly can be blocked, he says, but it rarely happens.

Doctors are generally supportive, he says, because patients using Alike get a more reliable source of information than they would from Google.

Another big issue is the privacy of users’ medical data. Bar-Lev says the system is completely anonymized. Users appear online as an avatar and can’t be linked back to their records.

The site boasts a high level of online interaction. “We are bringing the power of social media to healthcare,” he says. “We have more than 1,000 people who open the app every day and 35 per cent of them will either comment, answer, or ask a question.”

Alike is free to join and use. It currently generates revenue from referring users for clinical trials and, in the future, will open up sponsorship opportunities for digital health and wellness companies.

Bar-Lev says there are plans to expand to other English-speaking countries – initially the UK, Australia, and New Zealand – although there’s work to do because they have different names and coding systems for medication.

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Vgarden Launches “Game-Changing” Vegan Tinned Tuna for B2B

Israeli manufacturer Vgarden announces the launch of a 100% vegan tinned tuna for the global B2B food market. The Israeli food-tech claims the NPD offers the same appearance, texture, aroma, and flavour as the regular canned staple. 

Ilan Adut, Vgarden’s CEO, states: “Our tinned tuna has a distinct flaky, yet moist and chewy texture, with a powerful fresh-from-the-sea aroma.”  

Responding to a planetary need

Canned tuna is a popular source of affordable protein conveniently stored without refrigeration. But according to a UN report, tuna is the world’s most consumed fish. Tom Rothman, head of global sales at Vgarden, says that overfishing has dwindled numbers of various species, such as the yellowfin and the Atlantic bluefin, to the edge of extinction.

With the global tuna fish market projected to grow from USD 41.06 billion in 2022 to USD 49.70 billion in 2029, Vgarden says its vegan tuna will be a “game changer” for sustainability-driven consumers looking for a replacement for the overfished and declining ocean populations of wild tuna.

After 12 months of R&D, Vgarden’s team developed a plant-based and vegan tuna formula using pea protein, fibres, and sunflower oil which offers an 11.2-14% protein content. The company says that the challenge was to retain tuna-like flavours and texture after high-temperature sterilization and canning.  

The vegan foods manufacturer states it is filing patents for the plant-based tuna’s sustainable and clean label formula and its manufacturing processes, which involve minimal energy consumption.

Vgarden’s portfolio provides the plant-based food market with various alternative products, including plant-based cheese, meat, and fish. Its products are sold across Israel under its popular MashuMashu brand as well as in Australia, Canada, and Asia.

The company has a collection of firm cheeses that manufactures in Israel and Australia, where it operates in a joint venture with Cale and Daughters. In November, the company partnered with microalgae specialist Brevel to make a high-protein microalgae cheese that will be introduced to global markets in 2023.

Turning the tide on this ecocatastrophe

“Tuna species extinctions pose problems in terms of food security and negatively impact the delicate and fragile balance of the marine environment. Our plant-based tuna solution can help turn the tide on this ecocatastrophe and contribute to the restoration of the ocean’s wild tuna populations.”

Vgarden’s vegan tuna is available in two packaging formats: traditional shelf-stable tins and pouches for the chilled sections. The private-label product is already rolling out for retail and food service.