Foreign companies are leading the run for slaughter-free food, and planning great advancements for the 2020 decade
The 2020 decade must bring many positive novelties for the consumers that are expecting the arrival of lab-grown meat in the supermarkets. Proof is that many startups worldwide are looking for resources and are getting closer to another alternative to animal protein.
This initiative aims at serving the global demand for alternative meat, and even for vegetable products, consequently, the meat grows in laboratory based on stem cells. According to the Cellular Agriculture Society (CAS), in the U.S., the industrial production of this type of food should reach large scale and worldwide distribution in 2025.
The CAS director, Kristopher Gasteratos, believes that in the 2020 decade the consumption of lab-grown meat may increase between 10% and 20% every year, reaching 70% of market-share, chiefly in pioneer countries in the production of these products. “The development is facing the same obstacles as autonomous cars: research and development, consumer acceptance and regulation. Costs, however, may be a more important bottleneck than the regulation”, Gasteratos explains.
Among the main startups that are closer to put these products on the gondolas, the Dutch company Mosa Meat has developed the first lab-grown hamburger leveraging R$ 34 million from the Bell Foods, Switzerland’s largest meat processor. The company intends to produce around ten kilos of meat per week this year, increasing this production to 50 kilos in the next two years.
Meatable, another Dutch company, has leveraged US$ 10 million in investments to produce animal slaughter-free meat and delivery steaks to the country’s restaurants and supermarkets until 2022. Moreover, the Israeli company Aleph Farms, was able to do a 3D printing of a steak the International Space Station, in September 2019.
The American company, Finless, has available R$14.3 million to create fish meat from stem cells of fish muscle tissue and, consequently, an alternative to massive fishing.