REHOVOT, ISRAEL – Future Meat Technologies, a cultured meat technology and production company, has opened the world’s first industrial cultured meat facility. The plant has enough capacity to produce 500 kg of cultured products a day – the equivalent of 5,000 hamburgers – making scalable, cell-based meat production a reality.
"This facility opening marks a huge step in Future Meat Technologies' path to market, serving as a critical enabler to bring our products to shelves by 2022," said Rom Kshuk, chief executive officer of Future Meat Technologies. "Having a running industrial line accelerates key processes such as regulation and product development."
Future Meat Technologies' unique platform enables fast production cycles, and the facility can currently produce cultured chicken, pork and lamb, without the use of animal serum or genetic modification (non-GMO). Beef production is coming soon. Future Meat’s production cycle is roughly 20 times faster than traditional animal agriculture.
"After demonstrating that cultured meat can reach cost parity faster than the market anticipated, this production facility is the real game-changer," said Professor Yaakov Nahmias, founder and chief scientific officer of Future Meat Technologies. "This facility demonstrates our proprietary media rejuvenation technology in scale, allowing us to reach production densities 10-times higher than the industrial standard. Our goal is to make cultured meat affordable for everyone, while ensuring we produce delicious food that is both healthy and sustainable, helping to secure the future of coming generations."
The facility will aid Future Meat’s long-term effort to create a more sustainable future with the processes expected to generate about 80% less greenhouse gas emissions. It will also use 99% less land and 96% less freshwater than traditional meat production.
Future Meat Technologies’ wants its products on US shelves by 2022. Currently, regulatory agencies are in the process of approving the Rehovot facility for multiple new territories, and the company has several US locations in mind for its projected expansion.