Barcelona-based food tech Novameat has managed to produce what it calls the largest whole cut cultivated meat prototype in the world. The startup, who have previously created 3D-printed plant-based meats and a vegan-friendly “steak” using its patented microextrusion technology, recently spoke to FoodNavigator about its latest developments. “Our biggest cell-based meat prototypes – or you can call them hybrid meat analogues, as we mix mammalian adipose cells with a biocompatible plant-based scaffold – score at 22500mm³ in volume,” Novameat founder and CEO Scionti told the publication.
Printed meat could be on European restaurant menus from next year as Israeli and Spanish firms serve up realistic beef and chicken produced from plant protein. And, within a few years, the printers are likely to be available to buy so that consumers can produce their own at home.Layers of material are built up by 3D printers until there is a solid object conforming to very precise specifications. The meat can be produced either from vegetable matter or from animal cells grown in a lab. The printer uses these raw ingredients, which come in a Nespresso-style cartridge, to build up a steak or chicken fillet that tastes like the real thing.