Tag: Cultured Meat

Cultured meat in a petri dish

Is Cultured Meat Commercially Viable?

Cultured Meat is attracting more and more interest from investors and consumers alike. Ever since Singapore became the first country to give regulatory approval for cultured chicken meat in December 2020, debate over the novel cellular agriculture technology has shifted from questions of feasibility to discussion of the industry’s commercial viability. Now, cultured meat pioneer Mosa Meat has responded to critics. Mosa Meat, the first company to present a prototype hamburger patty made from cultured beef eight years ago, on 10 November 2021 published a blog post in response to critical...

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Meat, Culture, and Cultured Meat: Supertrends Surveys Consumer Attitudes Toward Cell-Based Meat

The young industry of cultured meat has seen many technological, funding, and regulatory breakthroughs in 2020. Despite the rapid growth, some questions remain to be answered: Will consumers eat cultured meat? Will cultured meat face negative consumer attitudes, similar to genetically modified food?   Cultured meat, or cultivated meat, is meat produced in a laboratory environment from animal cells. 2020 has been a record-breaking year for this young industry. Investment in this sector soared to US$350 million; fetal bovine serum (FBS)-free media has been developed and commercially produced;...

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The First Cultivated Seafood Company from Africa

Cultured seafood, synthetically grown from fish or crustacean cells in a bioreactor, is being touted as one of the next major developments in the food industry. Most of the small but growing number of companies in the sector of cultured meat are based in the US, Europe, and Asia. However, the cutting-edge technology is also gaining a foothold on the African continent. Supertrends spoke to Marica Quarsingh, the CEO of Africa’s first cultured seafood company. In 2020, Marica Quarsingh’s promising energy efficiency project was brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of looking backward,...

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Jim Mellon, author of Moo's Law

Jim Mellon Invokes ‘Moo’s Law’ for CellAg Meat

Jim Mellon is a British investor and entrepreneur. His latest book, Moo’s Law: An Investor’s Guide to the New Agrarian Revolution, is available via Harriman House and Amazon. The latest book by British tech investor Jim Mellon, Moo’s Law, explains why and how cultured meat technology will transform farming and revolutionize our food supply on a global level. In an interview with Supertrends, he discusses the growth and future prospects of cellular agriculture. The title of Jim Mellon’s new book on the cultured meat business – “Moo’s Law” ­– really says it all: He wrote his “investor’s...

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Blue Nalu head quarters

BlueNalu nets new funding for cell-based seafood products

Lou Cooperhouse, BlueNalu’s President + CEO, standing in front of their headquarters and pilot food production facility in San Diego; Photo Courtesy of BlueNalu With a new round of funding secured, the California-based company aims to make the first products available to US diners in the near future. BlueNalu, a US provider of cell-based seafood cultured in bioreactors, announced last week that it had recently secured US$60 million in financing. This comes in addition to the financing round of US$20 million announced in early 2020. “This will help us finance our work until the next...

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Man and child buying meat in supermarket

Singapore leads the future of food with world-first approval of cultured meat sales

Cultured meat, also known as “lab-grown meat” or “clean meat”, is built up from layers of animal muscle cells cultivated in a bioreactor. Since the debut of a proof-of-concept hamburger patty in 2013, it has increasingly come to the attention of potential consumers and investors. Although the technology of cell culture has been well developed in the medical field, the concept still faces several challenges in making a commercial product as an alternative to animal protein. One of these challenges is regulatory approval.  This week, Singapore became the first country to overcome the...

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Bringing down the price tag of growth medium for cultivated meat

Header image: Cai Linton working in the lab (photo: Thomas Angus, Imperial College London) Cultivated meat has the potential to replace butchered animals as the main future source of protein. New start-ups in this field are aiming not only to deliver the end products, but also to provide technologies. When Cai Linton was introduced to the concept of cultivated meat in early 2019, he was excited about the opportunities presented by this potential revolution in the biosciences. He and his teammates, who are mostly still completing their college studies, decided to contribute to this new...

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Financial investments in the cultured meat sector. Hype or real opportunity?

With widespread disruptions of the traditional supply chain of meat and the emergence of new technologies as well as an increasing sentiment toward animal welfare, cultured meat is emerging as a viable investment option in the future of protein. Cultured meat (in-vitro meat, lab-meat, clean meat) is developed in bioreactors, taking just a few cells (biopsy) from a living animal and multiplying them under sterile conditions in order to obtain the final product – minced meat, filet, steak, etc. Pioneered by the Dutch university professor Mark Post in 2013, the idea soon speeded all...

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Cultured Meat and the Agricultural Sector, Friend or Foe?

As global crises such as the COVID pandemic continue to affect supply chains and meat production facilities in the United States and across the world, could cultured meat be the future solution to the present issues faced by the agricultural sector? The current COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the current status quo, forcing the society to reassess its activities and find alternative ways to create value. Traditional areas that during the pandemic were hardly hit or underwent a significant change could be now replaced or transformed forever. One such area is the agricultural sector. With supply...

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Is India ready for lab-grown meat? (part 2)

India has been the fastest-growing major economy in the past few years. Within the next decades, India is also expected to surpass China and become the most populous country in the world. Can cultivated meat help to meet the country’s rising demand for protein? Varun Deshpande, Managing Director at Good Food Institute India, is quite confident that it will. When Varun Deshpande started The Good Food Institute India in December 2017, his mission was to offer producers and consumers an alternative to industrial animal agriculture. Today, with the support of Varun...

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Africa’s future is innovation

With the arrival of the first cultured meat start-up in South Africa, when will cultivated meat make its debut on the Africa continent? Mzansi Meat Co. is one of the companies that could define Africa’s future. Africa’s future is innovation In 2019, the World Economic Forum published an article describing Africa’s future as innovation rather than industrialization. Can Africa seize the opportunity of the fourth industrial revolution, which is merging our physical, digital, and biological worlds? Will Africa’s dominant agricultural, extractive, and manufacturing industries be disrupted...

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Does cultured meat have what it takes for high investment returns?

Investing in solutions for big problems

As a novel technology, will cell-based meat provide good investment returns? What will be the impact of COVID-19 on the future of food? When will a cultured meat company make its IPO debut? Few experts are better positioned than Andrew D. Ive, the founder and managing general partner for Big Idea Ventures, to answer these questions.  It’s a chilly Wednesday morning in New York, and the coronavirus pandemic is in full swing. Since face-to-face meetings are still out of the question, I met up for a virtual walk with Andrew D. Ive, the founder and GP of Big Idea Ventures (BIV), which...

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Is India ready for lab-grown meat? (part 1)

With two government-backed research facilities, a young and well-developed startup company, and a population of 1.35 billion, will India become the next frontier in cell-based meat after the US? Will India become the next frontier in lab-grown meat? In 2016, India’s domestic poultry consumption was ranked as the fifth-largest in the world. With its growing population, rising disposable incomes, and changing food habits, the country needs more protein products to keep pace. The authorities in India seem to have the political will to encourage cell-based protein. Two facilities...

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One step closer to putting cultured meat on the table

Scalability and costs are two major challenges facing the cultured meat industry. British biotech company CellulaREvolution is offering a novel approach to addressing both challenges. Their technology facilitates continuous production of cells in serum-free conditions. Before co-founding CellulaREvolution together with Martina Miotto and Che Connon, two scientists from Newcastle University, Leo Groenewegen was the Chief Financial Officer of a company involved in cell therapy. When Leo met Martina and Che at a conference, they decided to collaborate, matching his entrepreneurial approach...

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