After the achievement of the juicy-yet-meatless Impossible Burger and Greggs vegan sausage roll, there is a new food sensation. You could soon have 3D-printed chicken thighs and beef steaks.
According to reports, 3D-printed beef steaks could coon be on European restaurants as early as next year. You could soon have meat printers in your home. That’s is if you want one, probably in the following few years.
The Guardian reports highlighting Spanish and Israel operations that are printing chicken and beef products with identical appearance. The products also have identical texture, and flavor like that of real meat. However, there is no harm to animals involved as they are prepared from proteins from plants.
Among the firms already doing this include Israel’s Redefine Meat. The firm is utilizing high-level food formulations together with exclusive 3D printing technology to make “holy grail of alt-meat.”
3D printers can print meat substitutes from laboratory-grown animal cells or plant protein.
The advantages are broad. They include a vast reduced general effect on the environment as opposed to cattle ranching. However, on the health front, the 3D-printed meat output does not have cholesterol. After the technologies are connected to a full production mechanism, they will reduce food waste, packaging, and livestock.
“It’s clear that the food industry today lacks the tools and the technologies to tackle the challenge of finding good alternatives to animals as providers of meat. Moreover, it’s clear that growing animals for food is not sustainable given the increasing population size, the booming demand for meat in Asia, and the inherent inefficiencies and pollution associated with meat production and mainly beef.” Says Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO at Redefine Meat.
As stated by Redefine Meat, meat options is the fastest-growing section of the food business. It is projected to be a $140 bn industry by 2030.
Redefine Meat expects to have its products in European restaurants in early 2020. A Spanish similar operation, Novameat is intending to provide Italian and Spain eateries with plan-based 3D printers ere 2020.
“We would like to see others using these new digital capabilities to solve real problems in the food system. We would like to see an ecosystem emerging where each company takes care of different parts of the value chain, as today we need to do everything ourselves or with close partners. In five years, we believe we’ll see several types of food items transitioning to digital production, to improve products’ quality, create a better supply chain and allow for mass-customization.” Says Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO at Redefine Meat.
The eateries in the UK are anticipated to have the technology later on. Novameat’s chief executive expects such 3D printers to be available in Supermarkets in 2021. They will also be available in homes one year or two later on.
Printers by Novameat utilize cans of pea and rice proteins to print chicken or steak currently. Lamb, pork, and salmon capsules are anticipated to be accessible soon. The appearance of 3D printed meat will determine how consumers will respond to it. This is according to the founder of Nova Meat, Giuseppe Scionti.