News, Sustainability | Solveig was the first to taste the sustainable burger

News, Sustainability | Solveig was the first to taste the sustainable burger
News, Sustainability | Solveig was the first to taste the sustainable burger

What and how? A new, super-sustainable meat product made from so-called tunicates – marine marsupials that grow along the coast.

They may not be on everyone’s lips quite yet, but tunicates (also called tunicates, marsupials or sea urchins) may soon become a common sight in this country too. In Sweden, “sea purse” has really made a name for itself in the last year, both because of the tunic’s good culinary qualities, and because these animal proteins are super-sustainable to produce.

– The big difference from most other sustainable meat alternatives is that tunicates are actually meat. Animal proteins, with the nutritional and taste benefits it provides. They grow underwater, but are nevertheless something completely different from fish or shellfish. The fact that you don’t get the same “sea taste” means that this product can be used for a lot of things, including burgers, says general manager Hans Petter Olsen at Denofa and Pronofa.

Stas with a visit from the parliamentary representative

On Wednesday, parliamentary representative Solveig Vitanza (Ap), together with political adviser Andreas Jansen, was invited to a tour of Denofa and Pronofa in Fredrikstad. Denofa is Norway’s largest importer and processor of soybeans, and first Vitanza got to see both the 500-metre-long deep-water quay where the bean boats dock and the bean hall.

After the tour of the plant, the participants talked about several matters related to Denofa’s deforestation-free and sustainability-certified soy, and not least the company’s role as an influencer for change both in Brazil and European countries that choose the type of soy they import. For the “spin-off” company Pronofa, the use of several types of food waste and fish sludge in insect farming was an important topic for further follow-up.

The company visit ended with a taste test of the Norwegian novelty tunicate burger. It was prepared and served by Lars Gulbrandsen from Beach Club – the restaurant for passionate “foodies” in Fredrikstad. And it was clear that the tunicate burger gave the parliamentary representative from Halden more flavor:

Interaction with the Storting

– Here Pronofa has created a fantastic product, which can create new, sustainable jobs for our region, and in addition it tastes very good, comments Solveig Vitanza (Ap).

– The Labor Party cheers on all new industrial ventures. With Pronofa, Fredrikstad has the opportunity to take a leading role in sustainable protein production for both Norway and Europe, adds the parliamentary representative.

According to Hans Petter Olsen, it is important that politicians in the Storting choose to meet companies in this way, and are open to input and new impressions. Otherwise, he believes it can be difficult to understand some of the challenges and unrealized opportunities that exist.

– A good interaction between the industries and the Storting is absolutely crucial. We had a lot on our minds and a lot to talk about today, but I am very happy that Solveig Vitanza took the time to listen to us. It was also of course fun that she also liked our tunic burger, concludes the Denofa and Pronofa director.

The article is in Norwegian

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