Believer Meats, formerly Future Meat Technologies, has broken ground on a cultivated meat production facility that is set to be the world’s largest, North Carolina’s first, and the company's first in the United States. The 200,000 square foot facility will be capable of producing 22 million pounds of cultivated meat each year and will bring over a hundred jobs in the next three years. Other state officials have expressed interest in bringing the cultivated meat industry on their soil including the Governor of Connecticut who toured a Believer Meat's facility earlier this year and taste tested its cultivated chicken shawarma.
Believer Meats will operate not only the world’s largest cultivated meat facility, but also the world’s first such facility headquartered in Israel, where the company is headquartered. This company is backed by Tyson Foods, partnered with Nestle Foods, and raised $347 million in a Series B funding round last year which was the largest investment in cultivated meat at the time. In addition to announcing this new facility, Believer Meats recently unveiled the first ever cultivated lamb meat.
"Our brand has continually proven our commitment to scale production technology and capacity, and with our new U.S. production center, we are one step closer to commercialization. BELIEVER is setting the standard globally to make it possible for future generations to eat and enjoy meat." - BELIEVER Meats CEO Nicole Johnson-Hoffman
"We're pleased to welcome Believer Meats to North Carolina. This important decision to build its first U.S. commercialization operation in Wilson County validates our innovative research and development and highly skilled talent while further cementing our state as the best in the nation to do business." North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
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