INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FIRST KELP BURGER AKUA, the revolutionary food brand creating healthy meat alternatives from sustainably farmed seagreens, will be launching the first-ever Kelp Burger, the most innovative plant-based burger on the market, tomorrow, May 20th. AKUA’s Kelp Burger is the first whole foods, plant-based, sustainably sourced burger made from ocean-farmed kelp brought to market. It is a 100 percent vegan, non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free burger created from ocean-farmed kelp, crimini mushrooms, pea protein, black beans,
quinoa, crushed tomatoes and superfoods.
“We are so proud to launch the world’s first Kelp Burger. Ocean-farmed kelp is one of the most sustainable foods on the planet, and our goal at AKUA is to introduce more people to its deliciousness, as well as its environmental and health benefits,” says AKUA Co-Founder and CEO Courtney Boyd Myers. “The Kelp Burger is going to have a special place in the market for those looking to make a difference in the way they eat both for themselves, the Earth, and their local ocean farming economies right here in the U.S. We’re offering something better than a fake meat burger or a boring veggie burger, and we can’t wait for consumers to taste the difference.”
THE HEALTHY ALTNERATIVE
As demand for plant-based meat alternatives increases, kelp continues to stand out as a sustainable solution. AKUA’s Kelp Burger is made from ocean-farmed kelp, a zero-input crop that requires no fresh water, no fertilizer, no feed and no arid land to grow. Kelp also filters carbon and nitrogen from the water, restoring health to the world’s oceans. Known as a powerhouse of nutritional benefits, kelp is a sea veggie loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and protein. The kelp in AKUA’s Kelp Burger is rich with vitamins A, B6, K, as well as zinc, calcium, folate, potassium and iron, and while other meat alternatives contain saturated fats and high levels of sodium, the Kelp Burger contains zero saturated fats, zero trans fats, zero added sugar and zero carbohydrates.
EASY TO BUY, EASY TO EAT
Retailing at $48.99 for a 12-pack online, the Kelp Burger is available for purchase at www.akua.co. AKUA ships its frozen Kelp Burger patties overnight in environmentally-friendly, compostable packaging. The patties can be enjoyed as a traditional burger, cooked on the stovetop and served with crowd-pleasing accompaniments, or in
creative recipes like Kelp Burger Bolognese or Kelp Burger Falafel. The Kelp Burger is packed with toasty, umami flavor and rich with notes of fresh tomatoes and mushrooms, without a fishy taste.
The burger is also available at restaurant partners such as Honeybee Burger in Los Angeles, CA; HULA’s in Monterey, CA; Central Provisions in Portland, ME; Lemon Press in Nantucket, MA; Foothills Milling Company in Maryville, TN; The Crystal in Fort Meyers, FL; and Standard Beer + Food in Raleigh, NC. This summer, they will be launch at Seamore’s in NYC.
For more information, please visit: https://akua.co/products/kelp-burger
AKUA is a Brooklyn-based company that works with a network of regenerative ocean farms up the New England seaboard. AKUA are pioneers in kelp-based, meat alternative foods and their newest product is the world’s first Kelp Burger. The Kelp Burger is a whole foods, plant-based burger that’s non-GMO, chemical-free, and tastes DELICIOUS. AKUA’s journey began in 2017 after Co-Founder Courtney Boyd Myers visited GreenWave’s kelp
farm in Connecticut and learned about the wonders of regenerative aquaculture.
She asked what they needed to further their mission and the farmers responded, “We need your help creating a consumer market for kelp!” From there, Courtney met co-founder Matt “Spicy” Lebo and they began a journey of making their first product, Kelp Jerky, which launched in April 2019. When the world shifted in March 2020, the company shifted gears too and began work on the Kelp Burger. Between AKUA’s Kelp Jerky and Kelp Burgers, they’ve been featured in over fifty publications and have been named one of Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” and one of Travel and Leisure’s winners for their “Global Vision Awards. Just this spring, the customer-focused company raised over $1,000,000 million dollars from his community to launch The Kelp Burger.
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