DELFT, NETHERLANDS — Dutch food tech company Meatable announced a partnership with ESCO Aster, a commercially licensed cultivated meat manufacturer, as part of an international expansion to Singapore. The companies plan to launch a new cultivated pork product in restaurants in Singapore by 2024.

“Meatable has emerged as one of the world’s leading companies in developing cultivated meat,” said Xiangliang Lin, chief executive officer at ESCO Aster. “We’re delighted to be partnering with them to facilitate their launch in Singapore and to enable the business to start producing cultivated pork for customers. With our scientific expertise, operational know-how and enabling technologies, we believe that we can help companies reach their milestones and advance to the next step of cultivated meat production with market approval at scale.”

Meatable is currently working on cultivating pork products, including sausages and dumplings, with the help of Singaporean chefs so that the taste will cater to its initial market.

“Meatable chose the Southeast Asian country for its first international expansion as it is a leading food and agritech hub,” the company said. “Singapore was the first country to approve cultivated meat in 2020 with the ESCO Aster facility, as part of its 30 by 30 strategy. Singapore aims to build up its agri-food industry’s capability and capacity by producing 30% of its nutritional needs locally and sustainably by 2030. Currently, the country imports 90% of its food, with each citizen consuming an average of 62 kg of meat per person annually.”

By 2025, the company hopes to expand into supermarkets.

“At Meatable we strongly believe that cultivated meat is the future of food, in order to produce meat sustainably and as local as possible,” said Krijn de Nood, co-founder and CEO of Meatable. “To do that it’s imperative that we provide a wide variety of products that cater to all cuisines, worldwide.”