Artificial meat is now very common in the catering industry. Burger King, McDonald's, KFC, and Nayuki's teas have all launched artificial meat foods, and the sales are extremely hot. This period is the bonus period of artificial meat. Seeing the artificial meat calling for the wind and the rain, crazy enclosure, 3D printed meat is ready to face the artificial meat.
3D printing of meat is actually similar to ordinary printers. First, a 3D printer of artificial meat is needed, and then the "biological ink" which constitutes a certain type of artificial meat material, whether it is artificial meat synthesized by plant protein or animal cell culture Can be printed out.
3D printed meat advantages
As we all know, the short board of artificial meat is obvious. On the one hand, it is a problem of the manufacturing process. Due to technical limitations, artificial meat cannot simulate the quality of real meat. However, 3D printed meat does not have these two problems.
Israeli startup Jet Eat plans to launch a 3D printed veggie steak next year, and its founder Eshchar Ben Shitrit said that their 3D printer and raw material recipes can replicate the texture of meat's muscles, fat, myoglobin and connective tissue. Another Israeli company, Redefine Meat, said that their 3D printed meat system includes a 3D printer, a 3D meat modeling system, and a recipe for plant-based synthetic meat, which can achieve low-cost large-scale quantities while close to real meat. Production.
The 3D printed meat market is still in the ascendant, and there are many startups like Redefine Meat. Novameat, a Spanish startup, prints a red paste made from plant proteins such as rice, peas, and seaweed. It can be automatically printed by loading capsule coffee into the machine. It has successfully produced artificial meat steaks and chicken breasts through 3D printing. Meat, artificial meats such as pork, lamb and salmon are also coming soon.
2.7 trillion Chinese market, capital horse race enclosure
It is reported that China's meat consumption demand reaches 2.7 trillion, which is the world's largest meat consumption demand market. Research data show that in the next 10 years, the market size of the artificial meat industry will reach $ 140 billion.
Currently, the artificial meat market accounts for less than 1% of global meat consumption, but it is likely to reach 9% by 2040. Many capitalists are aiming at China ’s huge consumer market, trying to share a share, and are willing to invest in artificial meat and 3D printed meat companies.
As of May 14, American artificial meat company Impossible Foods has received five rounds of financing with a total of $ 750 million. Investors include Bill Gates, Google, and Victoria Harbour Investment under Li Ka-shing.
Another American artificial meat company, Beyond Meat, has previously won the favor of capital and has raised $ 72 million in financing. In May of this year, Beyond Meat was listed on the Nasdaq at an issue price of $ 25, becoming the first stock of artificial meat in the world. It soared 163% on the day, setting the best first-day IPO performance of US stocks since the financial crisis. At present, Beyond Meat's stock price has soared nearly 550%, and the company's market value has reached more than $ 9 billion.
The artificial meat market is full of capital, and the 3D printed meat market is not far behind. As early as 2014, Li Ka-shing's venture capital firm invested $ 10 million in 3D printed meat company Meadow Inc. Israel's Redefine Meat received a $ 6 million seed round investment in September.
The domestic VC / PE with a keen sense of smell also quietly acted. Zhang Xinliang, the founder of Ningbo Sulian Food, told the media that four or five investment institutions have recently contacted them.