The latest in cellular agriculture
Read recent news to learn about the field of cellular agriculture, and how these changes are shaping the future of meat production.
July 28, 2021
Sustainable, toxin-free sushi on the horizon
Wildtype, a cellular agriculture startup based in San Francisco, has successfully cultivated sushi-grade salmon in pursuit of its objective to create the "cleanest, most sustainable seafood on the planet." The firm's flagship product is free from parasites, mercury, and microplastics - common contaminants in wild-caught and farm-raised salmon, making it a win for human health.
July 22, 2021
Lab-grown foie gras draws support from French government, European Union
French startup, Gourmey, announced investments of $10m to establish production facilities in Paris for its flagship cultivated meat product. Slaughter-free foie gras, expected to market as early as 2022, will offer consumers a sustainable alternative to a traditional delicacy banned in half a dozen countries and counting due to ethical concerns.
July 14, 2021
Food production giant, Nestle, enters cultivated meat market
Nestle, the world’s largest food company, announced their partnership with Israel’s Future Meat Technologies, with a targeted focus on hybrid products that will combine the benefits of cultivated meat and plant-based ingredients. This method will help lower production costs, thereby alleviating one of the significant challenges of making lab-grown meat commercially viable.
June 30, 2021
World's first cultured meat production facility begins production
Future Meat Technologies, an Israeli biotech startup, has developed a scalable cell-based meat manufacturing system that can create the equivalent of 5,000 beef burgers every day. The production plant, considered a significant stepping stone in the company's efforts to scale operations, will produce cultured meat at a rate 20 times faster than standard agricultural practices, with 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional meat production.
June 18, 2021
Lab-grown meat not only for human consumption; sustainable cat food on the horizon
US-based start-up, Because, Animals, announced their plans to launch the first-ever cultivated meat cat food, produced from the cells of mice. According to the company's CEO, Sharon Falconer, the objective in developing this evolutionarily appropriate diet is to reduce the allergen concerns commonly attributed to traditional cat food made from beef and chicken. The initial release of cultivated mouse meat cat food is slated for 2022 in the US, with future expansion into European and Asian markets.
June 5, 2021
Good Food Institute: 2020 record year for cultivated meat launches, private investments
The cultivated meat industry realized substantial growth in 2020, with 76 companies raising a total of more than $360 million globally, a six-fold increase over 2019 figures. Still, GFI stresses that government investment in research and development will be critical to accelerating the cultivated meat industry's growth and achieving global climate goals.
May 18, 2021
Memphis Meats rebrands, announces launch of cultivated chicken in 2021
Cultivated meat industry leader, Memphis Meats, has rebranded as UPSIDE Foods, announced plans to bring its first lab-grown meat to market by the end of 2021, and gained a new investor in John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods. To satisfy the growing demand for meat, UPSIDE has broken ground on the first-of-its-kind, end-to-end facility that will produce, package, and ship cultured meat at a larger scale than any other in the industry.
May 7, 2021
Dozens of companies enter cultivated meat market to fulfill growing demand
As the global demand for meat continues to increase rapidly, so does the popularity of cultured meat products. Since 2015, dozens of companies across the globe have entered the cell-based meat production space, producing cultured beef, chicken, duck, pork, seafood, and even milk replicants. And the vast majority of consumers support the process referred to as a “feat of science,” with upwards of 83% of those polled expressing interest in cultured meat.
April 20, 2021
Cultivated chicken nuggets available for home delivery in Singapore
After teaming up with the restaurant 1880 to sell cultivated chicken nuggets, Eat Just--a cultivated meat startup--has now partnered with food delivery service foodpanda to deliver cultivated meat to customer’s homes. For the first time in history, rather than having to attend a taste-test or dine at a restaurant, regular members of the public can eat cultivated meat from their own homes.
March 20, 2021
Spinach could be viable platform for growing cells
When growing in a cultivator, cells need a structure to grow into muscle and fat. A new academic study found that decellularized spinach performed just as well as gelatin as a scaffold for growing bovine (cow) cells. Decellularizing spinach removes the plants’ cells, while leaving its vascular structure in place. This new scaffolding method could offer a cost-effective and environmentally friendly structure for growing muscle and fat cells into meat.
March 9, 2021
Cost of production could be as low as $2.57 per pound by 2030
A recent techno-economic analysis projected that, by the year 2030, it could be possible to produce cultivated meat as low as $2.57 per pound. Reaching such a milestone will require considerable research, funding, and scientific advancement over the next decade.
Renewable energy key to maximizing environmental benefits
A new environmental assessment (called a LCA -- Life Cycle Assessment) quantified the likely environmental impact of cultivated meat production in comparison to conventional meat production. The study examined the entire supply chain and was the first study to feature actual production data from cultivated meat companies. The findings suggest that cultivated meat is likely to have a more favorable environmental footprint overall, especially if renewable energies are used.
Dec 2, 2020
Singapore is the first country to approve cultivated meat for sale
Cultivated chicken made by the cultivated meat start-up Eat Just has been approved for sale in Singapore by the Singaporean regulatory body Singapore Food Agency. Currently, Singapore is the first country to approve cultivated meat for sale. Eat Just’s cultivated chicken nuggets (called “GOOD Meat”) are sold at restaurant 1880, with plans to expand.
Nov 5, 2020
The first lab-grown meat restaurant, serving cultivated chicken sandwiches
The cultivated chicken start-up SuperMeat has collaborated with a Tel Aviv restaurant, The Chicken. While the food is not yet for sale at the restaurant due to regulatory limitations, The Chicken serves SuperMeat’s chicken burgers to visitors in order to taste-test and provide feedback about the product. Both SuperMeat and The Chicken hope for regulatory approval in Israel in the next 1-2 years, after which the sandwiches can be sold.
Oct 21, 2020
Cultivated meat in space
After cultivating meat on the International Space Station, cultivated meat start-up Aleph Farms has partnered with space agencies to work toward extraterrestrial meat cultivation. Meat can be cultivated anywhere that has access to power, including on other planets in the future. Aleph Farm’s new program Aleph Zero is dedicated to ensuring meat is available in even the harshest of climates.
Sep 24, 2020
National Science Foundation supports cultivated meat research
The National Science Foundation, a US federal agency with the mission to promote scientific advancement, recently awarded a $3.5 million grant to the University of California at Davis. The researchers will work across multiple academic disciplines to address bottlenecks in the field of cellular agriculture and to train new scientists.