Prime roots makes non-GMO meat alternatives, and meat free alternative seafood products, from a protein rich and nutrient dense fungi. The company was founded in 2017 by Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon, and is located in San Leandro, California. According to Prime Roots, the fungi they are using to create alternative meat and seafoods naturally mimics valued properties of meat products in taste, texture, and nutrition.
Prime Roots first product is a fungus-based salmon burger that is similar in taste, texture, and macronutrient profile to regular salmon burgers. One of the supporting investors of Prime Roots from the Collaborative Fund told reporters "As avid investors in meat alternatives, we were blown away by the taste and texture of Prime Roots' salmon burgers and we’re excited to support Kim and Josh as they build a world-class team to create a new category in food." after sampling a alternative salmon burger made by Prime Roots.
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