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Here's a list of the plant-based imitators trying to eat seafood's market share, and the investors backing them

The seafood industry is under attack from two unlikely segments: plants and cellular meat. Scoff at your own peril; some of these companies have big backers, and are pulling down some major contracts.

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Food trends come and go, but the latest -- the plant-based food revolution -- is here to stay, at least if the investors pouring millions into the companies have their way.

The most prominent example, Beyond Meat, is now worth $8.6 billion (€7.8 billion), with shares up over 120 percent since its May initial public offering on the NASDAQ.

The plant-based food industry is estimated to be worth $140 billion (€127 billion) within the next decade, potentially capturing 10 percent of the $1.4 trillion (€1.3 trillion) global meat industry, according to a report from Barclay's.

With meat-eaters, vegans and vegetarians all target markets for the product, the net plant-based seafood can cast is wide. Exactly what percentage of the seafood sector could be stolen away remains to be seen, but here's a list of the most prominent companies that will do their best to carve out their niche, including not just plant-based, but some focusing on lab-grown options.

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