Starting a company at the height of a global pandemic would be most people's idea of madness.

But that's exactly what plant-based seafood company Aqua Cultured Foods co-founders Anne Palermo and Brittany Chibe chose to do in 2020 as COVID-19 rampaged across the globe, later promoting Bob Schultz to the title of co-founder and R&D director in view of vital contributions to the business.

"It was a weird year but also the perfect time to do it," the firm's Chief Growth Officer Brittany Chibe told IntraFish.