January 14, 2020
Spanish company Novameat improves its artificial 3D printed beef
The 3D printed meat-free steak mimics the texture and appearance of real meat and is made using the fibres of beetroot juice, algae and pea, reported AFP Relaxnews and The Guardian.
The meat is made by extruding beetroot juice, algae and pea into fine fibres to recreate muscle tissue. The extrusion is done using a patented micro-extrusion technology, which is able to produce fibres as small as 100 to 500 microns in diameter.
Using the extruded fibres, the technology is able to replicate real meat structure by entwining muscle fats and fibres.
The company first released its 3D printed meat in 2018. However, Giuseppe Scionti, founder of Novameat said the updated steak is the most 'realistic', with a fibrous, firm texture and similar appearance to meat.
Scionti said the company is experimenting with the taste, but current ingredients can already be used to produce beef burgers from plants. A final formulation is projected to be completed later this year.
It costs US$1.50 to produce 50g of Novomeat steak, though Scionti said the price will eventually fall as the process is scaled up.
By 2021, Novomeat plans to open a facility to produce 50kg of steak hourly. Currently, the company's aims to license its patented micro-extrusion technology to food manufacturers, who are then able to produce their own recipes.
Among Novameat's funding sources is New Crop Capital, a firm which has made investments in other plant-based and lab-grown meat companies like Beyond Meat, Memphis Meat and Mosa Meat.
Novameat's meat-free steak will be available in Spain and Italy in 2020, with the company expected to expand distribution of the product the following year.
Israeli-based Redefine Meat is another company that uses 3D printing technology to produce meat-free steak.
- AFP Relaxnews and The Guardian