Chicago-based alternative-seafood startup Aqua Cultured Foods said Thursday it has begun to build out a new facility in Chicago that will enable the company to begin scaling production of its whole-cut, plant-based seafood.

The new site is almost triple the size of Aqua Cultured Foods' current base and needs minimal work to be able to scale production of its fermentation-enabled protein, an important milestone on the way to commercialization, the company said.

“Since the new location already meets all the key regulations for food production, we can scale manufacturing quickly, and product introductions with our go-to-market partners will follow,” Aqua Cultured Foods CEO Anne Palermo said.