Joes Future Food, a leading Chinese cultivated meat startup previously known as Nanjing Zhouzi, has secured a CNY 20 million (around USD 3 million) investment from Matrix Partners China in their angel round. In November 2019, Prof. Zhou Guanghong and his team created China’s first cultivated pork at a research center on the campus of Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU).
As the technology matures, cultured meat will not limit itself to replacing traditional meat, but will also bring novel products that can’t be grown by traditional agriculture, such as personalized foods tailored to the needs of a particular person or group. If the success of vegan food is an indicator, the next few years will see a vast expansion of cultured meat. “Most consumers are already onboard because they understand the benefits of this production method,” Morin-Forest said. “Cultured meat is not for 2050, it is a very concrete solution to tackle today’s environmental and sanitary challenges.”
The result is the signature dish of a new venture in Israel, the Chicken, the world’s first cultured meat restaurant experience. Still closed to the public owing to coronavirus restrictions, the eatery near Tel Aviv opened its doors to the Guardian for the first private visit by a journalist.
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Cultivate is an annual event to discuss cellular agriculture from UK perspectives. Cellular agriculture refers to work to produce agricultural products – typically animal products – through new methods that operate at the cellular level as opposed to working with whole animals. Examples include cultured meat and fermentation-based milk.The event will feature a combination of talks and panels that will discuss activities and challenges that have risen over the last year.
The two companies are investigating alternatives to FBS, examining the development of cell feeding medium that incorporates a new class of growth-promoting supplements for increased biomass production. These supplements aim to eliminate the need for expensive FBS and be sourced from existing agro-industrial by-products, such as low-value raw materials like wood waste and chaff. This reduces costs and cuts the carbon footprint of cultured meat production.
Grocery stores traditionally offer multiple blends of lean meat and fat in beef products, and Beyond Meat says its new burgers are an attempt to offer similar choices. Beyond says the new juicier patty has 35 percent less saturated fat than the average 80 / 20 (80 percent lean to 20 percent fat) beef burger. The other option comes in even lower, with 55 percent less saturated fat but slightly less juicy results. Beyond says these new burgers will also maintain the same savory flavor and lower caloric content of its previous versions.
Eat Just, Inc., which last month also revealed plans to jointly open their largest plant protein isolate production facility in Singapore, appears to be the first company to have secured such cultivated meat approval. According to SFA, Eat Just’s cultivated chicken was recently allowed to be sold in Singapore as an ingredient in the company’s chicken bites. Other products reportedly in the pipeline include Shiok Meats’ cultivated shrimp and Ants Innovate’s cultivated meat.
Furniture retailer IKEA said Monday that it plans to make half of its restaurant menu meal offerings plant-based by 2025.Eighty percent of offerings will be non–red meat, and 80% of the packaged food for sale will be plant-based, the company said. “Research confirms the importance of making sustainable products affordable and desirable, and IKEA can really make a positive difference here,” said Lena Pripp-Kovac, chief sustainability officer at Inter IKEA Group, in a statement.