Our very own Tomato Sushi to Launch October 11th

It is with tremendous pride that we announce the launch of Ocean Hugger Foods, Inc.’s™ Tomato Sushi™ in Fresh&Co™ stores throughout New York City on October 11th.


Marcus Lemonis of CNBC’s The Profit talks about successful businesses having great People, Product, and Process. As one of the most creative, passionate, talented, kind-hearted and humble people we have ever had the honor of working with, Certified Master Chef James Corwell has become more than just a partner, but a true friend. Chef Jimmy dedicated four years of his life to perfecting the product, a delicious tomato-based, raw bluefin tuna alternative that can be used in any number of preparations ranging from sushi and Hawai’ian poké salad to ceviche and tartare. Tomato Sushi is a true gastronomic feat, bringing forward the taste and texture of one of the culinary world’s most celebrated ingredients. Over the last year, the team at PlantBased Solutions has worked with Chef Corwell to perfect the process to take this business to market. Perhaps most important, and notably absent from Lemonis’ list, is Purpose. With the goal of addressing our global overfishing crisis,  tomato sushi is not only extraordinary in taste, but also in its mission.

Please join us at Fresh&Co™ stores throughout New York City starting on Tuesday, October 11th to enjoy tomato sushi for yourself!

In the meantime, you can read more about Tomato Sushi™ and our partnership with the extraordinary people at Fresh&Co™ in this FastCompany article.

Plants Mean Business


PlantBased Solutions CEO David Benzaquen and Managing Director Mary McGovern were recently selected to join New Hope Natural Media’s select group of industry experts on the New Hope IdeaXchange. Below is David’s first piece, reposted with permission from New Hope. Please share!

Plants Mean Business

On Halloween, I had the pleasure of hearing former Vice President Al Gore deliver the keynote
address at the Columbia Social Enterprise Conference. Mr. Gore spoke of the financial risks
associated with investing in fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. To paraphrase, Mr.
Gore said that this country holds $7 trillion in sub-prime carbon assets that can never be burned
if we want to avoid environmental devastation. As a result, he encouraged investors to divest
from these assets before the bubble bursts.

In January of this year, NASDAQ sent out a similar clarion call regarding the future of meat.
NASDAQ identifies the decline in meat consumption and growing awareness of the health and
environmental implications of meat as key areas of concern for the industry. In the piece “How
the Death of Meat Could Impact Your Portfolio,” NASDAQ says:

“Annual per capita red meat consumption in the U.S. fell 15% to 101 pounds in the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s down by a third since the early 1970s, when per capita consumption was pushing 150 pounds per year. And the downward consumption trend could soon accelerate, with major negative implications for the meat industry.”

The article then speaks to future industry risks associated with impending dietary guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture, which are expected to call for reduced meat consumption and an increasingly plant-based diet as ways to both benefit health and mitigate climate change. Based on this analysis and forecasting, NASDAQ has the following advice for investors:

“An unfavorable new set of USDA dietary guidelines could obviously be a huge headwind for successful meat producers like Tyson Foods, Inc., Hormel Foods Corp. and others. Risk tolerant investors may want to consider shorting the stocks of such companies or relevant exchange-traded securities…Think twice about holding long positions in meat industry stocks or exchange-traded securities if the new guidelines do advise eating less meat. If the new guidelines come to pass, the risk of long-term profit shrinkage would be much too great. A reduction in our meat consumption would likely more than offset still-rising meat consumption in other parts of the world.”

As Wall Street looks to solutions for their losses in meat and other animal products, they will be sure to find success in their plant-based alternatives. In December, Hampton Creek Foods, a maker of plant-based egg alternatives, closed their Series C round with over $90 million from investors including: Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, former Hyatt Chairman Nicholas Pritzker and Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin. The company was founded in 2009 and only started selling their flagship product in stores in late 2013. In November, 5-year old meat alternative company Garden Protein International was purchased by Pinnacle Foods for $154 million. And in September, WhiteWave Foods purchased So Delicious Dairy Free for $195 million.

With Wall Street taking note of the impact of animal agriculture on our world, our waistlines and our wallets, the future of business is clearly in plants.

PlantBased Solutions CEO on Sirius XM The Focus Group Radio (audio link here)


On Saturday, March 22, PlantBased Solutions Founder and CEO David Benzaquen stopped by the SiriusXM headquarters to speak with John Nash and Tim Bennett on their radio show The Focus Group.

You can listen as our founder describes the growing world of plant-based foods and some of the fantastic new products available to consumers nationwide.

If you have a question about how we can help your business market your delicious and healthy plant-based products, email us at info@plantbasedsolutions.com.

PlantBased Solutions CEO interview on Marilu Henner radio show!

On Thursday, September 5th, PlantBased Solutions founder and CEO David Benzaquen was interviewed on the Marilu Henner radio show. You can now listen to the segment online at http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/mariLu/archives.php. To find the segment, click on “September 2013″ and then select “September 5, 2013 (Hour 3).” If you have a question that didn’t get answered on the show, please reach out to us at info@plantbasedsolutions.com.

36% of Americans Eating Meat Alternatives

The demand for meat alternatives such as tofu, tempeh and seitan typically embraced by vegetarians is now growing among meat eaters. In new research released this month from Mintel, 36% of consumers use meat alternatives, however only 7% identify themselves as vegetarian. “This data suggests that participation in the alternative meat category stretches far beyond necessity, and creates an opportunity for future growth based on the product’s ability to meet general consumer food interest, such as health, variety and convenience,” says Beth Bloom, food and drink analyst at Mintel. The findings reflect the increasing number of flexitarians and the growing trend toward eating a more plant-based diet. Currently, 17% of Americans report eating vegetarian meals more than half the time.  As consumers are becoming more health and environmentally conscious, it is not just vegetarians or vegans who are seeking out plant-based meat alternatives.

To see the full article, click here.
To find out how your business can appeal to the growing number of consumers seeking plant-based foods, email us at info@plantbasedsolutions.com.

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