Innovative food company Meatable has entered into a joint development agreement with Dutch multinational Royal DSM, a global purpose-led, science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, to co-develop growth media for cultivated meat. Growth media is a nutrient-rich liquid which contains the essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, salts, vitamins, and growth factors that cells need to grow.
Growth media is currently estimated to account for 50-90% of the production cost of cultured meat. If pivotal technological and cost breakthroughs are achieved, cultured meat could be one solution that helps support diversified, sustainable, and healthy diets for a growing world population – and will have a trillion-dollar market potential.
Wim Klop, Vice President DSM Biotechnology Center, says, ‘’Protein is an essential part of a balanced diet and vital for good health. Yet its production has a big environmental footprint. With the world population expected to grow to 10 billion people by 2050, a wide variety of solutions for more sustainable proteins will be needed. Cultivated meat is one of those promising, innovative protein solutions in which DSM invests. Our commitment goes way beyond investing in Meatable through DSM Venturing. With this joint development agreement DSM will contribute its unique competencies in biotechnology, such as fermentation, analysis and production scale-up to help make the science of cultivated meat a reality.”
In addition to focusing on the cost-effective production of growth media, DSM and Meatable will focus on the development of meat-like taste and texture of the final product, which are important factors influencing the purchase decision of consumers.
“With traditional animal farming alone, we will not be able to meet the growing demand for meat worldwide; we need breakthrough solutions. Cultivated meat has the potential to provide the growing world population with the protein source many people love – meat – using an efficient and sustainable production process that respects animal health and welfare,” says Krijn de Nood, CEO and co-founder of Meatable. “Joining forces with DSM, a global leader in biotechnology, will accelerate our research and development trajectory significantly. Together, we aim to develop the right nutritional ingredients in a fundamentally more cost effective and scalable process, to become the leading consumer choice for cultivated meat.”
DSM Venturing, the venture capital arm of Royal DSM, was a participant in the consortium of funders of Meatable’s recent raise of $47 million in venture capital. Meatable aims to produce cultivated meat for which animal health and welfare are respected, fewer GHG emissions are released, and significantly less land and water are required. Cultivated meat replicates the natural process of fat and muscle growth, in proportions that emulate traditional cuts of meat. The end-product will provide the full experience of eating actual meat, with the same texture, taste, and nutritional benefits, without harm to animals or the planet.
Thu 25 Jan 2024
Toonaangevende Nederlandse kweekvlees en -vis producenten Meatable, Mosa Meat en Upstream Foods, zijn verheugd over het nieuws dat de Nederlandse overheid een onafhankelijke commissie van deskundigen heeft aangekondigd om proeverijen van gecultiveerd voedsel te evalueren. De commissie - die bestaat uit een toxicoloog, microbioloog, arts en een ethisch deskundige - zal verzoeken van bedrijven beoordelen om proeverijen van gekweekt voedsel in gecontroleerde omgevingen uit te voeren. Een belangrijke stap voorwaarts om proeverijen in Europa mogelijk te maken. Nu het comité is aangekondigd, kunnen de bedrijven hun dossiers ter goedkeuring indienen voor het houden van proeverijen. Een laatste horde voor het houden van de eerste goedgekeurde proeverijen van gecultiveerd vlees en -vis in Europa.
Thu 25 Jan 2024
Leading Dutch cultivated meat and seafood companies Meatable, Mosa Meat, and Upstream Foods are welcoming the news that the Dutch Government has announced its independent Expert Committee to evaluate cultivated meat tastings. The committee, which includes a toxicologist, microbiologist, physician and an ethical expert, will evaluate requests by companies to conduct tastings of cultivated meat and seafood in controlled environments, a significant step forward to enabling tastings in Europe. Now the Committee has been announced, the companies can submit their dossiers to request approval to hold tastings, a final hurdle ahead of holding the first approved cultivated meat and seafood tastings in Europe.
Tue 03 Oct 2023
Meatable has held a full tasting experience of its cultivated pork meat products in Singapore on September 27th. The tasting of its flagship sausages and pulled pork allows the company to collect valuable feedback from the press and relevant stakeholders in order to further develop, optimize and launch its products in restaurants and supermarkets, with a view to have them on sale in 2024.