Artificial meat is now very common in the United States, and catering giants such as Burger King, KFC, McDonald's have introduced artificial meat into restaurants, but for artificial meat companies, limited production capacity is still one of the biggest challenges. But 3D printing technology has the potential to solve this problem. Not only can the mass production efficiency of artificial meat be improved, but consumers can even print artificial meat at home in the future. In some restaurants in Europe next year, 3D printed artificial meat may appear.
The process of 3D printing of meat is similar to that of a general printer. First, you need an artificial meat 3D printer, and then a "bio-ink" that constitutes a certain type of artificial meat material, whether it is plant protein synthesis or plant cell culture. Meat can be printed.
Israeli starter Jet Eat plans to launch 3D printed vegetarian meat steaks next year, and its founder, Eshchar Ben Shirit, said their 3D printers and ingredients can replicate the muscles of the muscles, fat, myoglobin and connective tissue.
Another Israeli food technology startup, Redefine Meat, received a $6 million seed round investment in September, which will accelerate its launch of the 3D printed artificial meat program.
According to Redefine Meat, the 3D printing meat system includes a 3D printer, a 3D meat modeling system, and a recipe for botanical synthetic meat, which enables low-cost mass production while the taste is close to real meat.
Redefine Meat has already tested this artificial meat on a small scale in Israel and plans to launch it in several restaurants in Europe in early 2020, but the price is still much more expensive than traditional meat, which costs 28 pounds per kilogram (about 250 yuan). ), but Redefine Meat believes that the final 3D printed meat will be cheaper than traditional meat.
The ultimate goal of Redefine Meat is not to sell the artificial meat directly, but to sell 3D printing equipment and raw materials. Currently Redefine Meat has established cooperation with some slaughterhouses and restaurants in Europe. Its founder Eshchar Ben-Shitrit said: Our goal Not only is the development of a new food, but the introduction of new technologies that can be developed and manufactured, as well as mass-produced meat products.
The 3D printing meat market is in the ascendant, and there are many startups like Redefine Meat. Spain's startup Novameat also plans to launch its 3D printed artificial meat in restaurants in Spain, Italy and the UK next year and sell it to individual consumers in one to two years.
The raw material printed by Novameat is a red paste made from vegetable protein such as rice, peas and seaweed. It can be printed automatically by loading the capsule coffee into the machine. It has successfully produced artificial meat steak and chicken breast, 3D printing, pork and lamb. Artificial meat such as squid is also coming soon.
In addition to artificial protein synthesis of vegetable protein, last month Israeli food technology company Aleph Farms also produced artificial beef based on dairy muscle cells through 3D bio-printers on the International Space Station. It is expected to provide astronauts with meat products such as burgers in the future. .
In this emerging field, the development of related technologies is also very fast. Professor Rubinsky of the University of California at Berkeley invented two patents on low-temperature graphite printing and cold lithography on its leading meat 3D printing project RS3Dprint, which can avoid the corruption of meat materials and produce all fibers in the same direction. The formation of a continuous piece of meat makes the commercialization of 3D artificial meat a step further.
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With the success of artificial meat companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Food, more and more consumers are beginning to accept artificial meat, and 3D printing technology is expected to further reduce the demand for artificial meat by reducing the price of artificial meat and increasing production capacity.
As early as 2014, Li Ka-shing's venture capital company invested $10 million in 3D printing meat company Meadow Inc. After artificial meat became the new dietary trend, such 3D printing companies may get more capital favor and continue. Push artificial meat to a new outlet.