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.
The project was selected by the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which supports R&D projects of Spanish companies. San Sebastián-based BioTech Foods is a Spanish biotechnology company dedicated to the development of cultured meat from the cultivation of muscle cells previously extracted from animals.According to the company, cultivated meat is positioned as one of the greatest innovations of our century, integrating food safety, animal welfare and sustainability in a unique product aimed at all types of consumers.
In our case, our microextrusion technology is based on an advanced strategy, borrowed from tissue engineering, which is able to biohack highly-proteic plant-based compositions and process them at the micro- and nanometric levels, to achieve products that mimic a variety of whole muscle cuts. Once scaled at industrial level with faster extruding machines, our microextrusion technology will give plant-based meat manufacturers the tools to create different textures from a wide variety of ingredients, to mimic several types of meat and seafood. In fact, traditional technologies such as low and high-moisture extrusion work well for some applications, but these methods are not ideal for mimicking all types of animal meat and fish.
CUBIQ FOODS, founded in 2018 by Dr. Raquel Revilla and the entrepreneurs Andrés Montefeltro and Jordi Bladé, is producing healthy fats that can replace saturated vegetable and animal fat ingredients. In this way, the company promotes a positive global impact on the environment, human health and animal rights. It is also the first company focused on this type of food application to produce at industrial scale.