A Seattle CEO prepares to bring lab-grown salmon to sushi bars and grocery stores

Meat substitutes have evolved over the years from tofu hot dogs and black bean burgers to today’s Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat products that extract proteins and fats from plants and process them to mimic the taste and structure of real meat. But the next generation of sustainable, cruelty free meat and fish will be made from … actual meat and fish. A company called Wildtype is already growing cuts of coho salmon using salmon cells.

“We grow salmon cells in large stainless steel tanks, very similar to what you’d see in a brewery,” said Justin Kolbeck, the Seattle-based CEO and co-founder of Wildtype. “Once they get to a

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