A Spanish startup that develops "artificial meat" has just launched a new product. Novameat has developed a "steak" made from pea, seaweed and beetroot juice that has the toughness and fibrous texture of real beef.
The team used 3D printing to cut the alternatives into fine fibers to mimic muscle tissue, producing "the most realistic" "artificial meat" steaks.
Novameat noted that their "artificial meat" steaks are scheduled to land in Spain and Italy in 2021.
Although the Novameat team has been able to reproduce the look of a real steak, they told The Guardian that the taste is still improving.
Not enough, they still want the product to be a big success, because they also use ingredients used by many other companies in their factory burgers.
The secret to this "authentic" alternative lies in the company's patented micro-extrusion technology, which produces fibers between 100 and 500 microns in diameter.
Most importantly, Novameat's "artificial meat" steak costs $ 1.50, similar to current US supermarket steaks. For comparison, in 2013, the first laboratory-grown beef burger cost 250,000 euros.
Giuseppe Scionti, founder of Novameat, also told The Guardian that with the expansion of production scale, costs will further decline.
Novameat is just one of many competing companies that make the most authentic "artificial meat".
Impossible Foods, one of the heavyweights in the field of "artificial meat", recently launched "pork" and "sausage" made from soybeans, which are said to mimic the taste and texture of ground meat.
Last week, the California company showed off their new products for the first time at the CES show in Las Vegas.
"Impossible Pork" will launch in restaurants first, but the company has not revealed when it will enter the store.
Although 17,000 restaurants are available in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau, Impossible Foods has only recently started selling burgers in grocery stores.
Burger King will allow consumers to taste the flavor of Impossible Sausage for the first time.
Later this month, 139 Burger King restaurants in five U.S. cities will offer "Impossible Croissan'wich" sandwiches made of artificial meat sausages and traditional eggs and cheese.
Burger King did a similar test last year before it promoted the sale of the Impossible Whopper for artificial meat giants across the United States.
Pork products and Impossible Pork are made similarly to burgers.
Impossible Burger and Impossible Pork are plant-based artificial meats and do not contain any animal products or by-products.
Soy and potato protein give artificial meat products a meaty taste, coconut oil and sunflower oil make them "snake on frying pans", while methylcellulose and edible starch keep these mixtures together and help Form patties and other shapes.
Impossible Foods obtains heme from soybean plant hemoglobin, a protein that imparts flavour and texture to meat. Soy hemoglobin is found in the roots of soybean plants.
For mass production of heme, it can insert the DNA from soybeans into yeast and ferment it, and then mix the mixture with other ingredients.
The company has adjusted the ingredients to mimic the elastic texture and mild flavor of pork.
As stated on the Impossible Foods website, the "artificial pork" version has some differences on the ingredient list, the beef version does not have potato protein, and in addition spices are added.
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