Cultured Fat Biomass Expected to be Key Ingredient for Hybrid Alternative Protein Products
Ness Ziona, Israel, September 14, 2021 – MeaTech 3D Ltd. (Nasdaq: MITC), a technology company developing a suite of advanced manufacturing technologies for cultivated meat production, today announced its Belgian subsidiary, Peace of Meat, has cultivated just over 700 grams of pure chicken fat biomass in a single production run.
This achievement is believed to be the first public demonstration of growth in a single run of this quantity of 100% pure cultivated cell biomass, grown entirely outside of an animal.
While many consumers currently enjoy fully plant-based meat alternatives, many find it falls short of replicating the ‘meatiness’ of conventional meat. MeaTech believes that real cultured animal fats can potentially deliver the signature flavors, aromas, and textures currently derived from conventional farmed meat, thus delivering an enhanced consumer experience when combined with plant-based ingredients. This new product category is referred to as hybrid meat.
Sharon Fima, CEO and CTO, MeaTech, commented, “The production capabilities we have demonstrated today are a successful step in line with our strategy of developing a pilot plant for cultivated fat production, which we are planning for 2022.”
David Brandes, Managing Director, Peace of Meat, commented, “Producing this quantity of pure cultured material in one run is a breakthrough towards potentially manufacturing cultivated chicken fat at an industrial scale and cost parity. The product, pending novel foods approval, is designed to be just like conventional chicken fat. Our shorter-term goal is that this type of cultured chicken cells can be commercialized by MeaTech in strategic hybrid product development collaborations. Today’s preliminary production success brings us one step closer to our longer-term goal of changing human diets towards more sustainable, yet equally savory, food choices.”
MeaTech is an international company at the forefront of the cultured meat revolution, listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker “MITC”. The company initiated activities in 2019 and is headquartered in Ness Ziona, Israel, with a subsidiary in Antwerp, Belgium. The company believes cultured meat technologies hold significant potential to improve meat production, simplify the meat supply chain, and offer consumers a range of new product offerings.
MeaTech has a particular focus on developing premium, center-of-plate meat products, such as structured marbled steaks. This includes development of high-throughput bioprinting systems. Towards this goal the company is developing a suite of advanced manufacturing technologies to produce cell-based alternative protein products. This includes development of cell lines for beef, pork, and chicken.
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