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NZ’s Opo Bio Emerges From Stealth With $1.5M Seed for Cultivated Meat Ingredients

Opo Bio, a New Zealand-based biotech startup developing what it refers to as next-gen cultivated meat ingredients to supply producers of cultivated meat, announces the launch of its first product, Opo-Moo, a primary bovine muscle cell line. Opo Bio concurrently announces a NZ$1.5 million Seed capital round led by Matū Karihi, syndicated with The University of Auckland Inventors’ Fund, Booster Innovation Fund, and angel investors. Cell lines supplier Opo Bio is a B2B cultivated meat biotech company founded in July 2022 by Dr. Olivia Ogilvie, Dr. Laura Domigan, and Dr. Vaughan Feisst using previous research carried out by Dr. Domigan at The University of Auckland. The company aims to become the leading developer and supplier of cell lines for large-scale cultivated meat production. Its initial focus …

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UPSIDE Foods Becomes First Company in the World to Receive FDA Green Light for Cultivated Meat

UPSIDE Foods, formerly known as Memphis Meats, just announced it has received approval from the US FDA for its cultivated chicken, marking the first time in the world a company has received a No Questions letter from the US FDA for cultivated meat, poultry, or seafood. “Before entering the U.S. Market, the food must meet other federal requirements,” states the FDA document, meaning that market entrance is not yet granted but is imminent. The products have been granted Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status and once the FDA has obtained further evidence that the process is safe, it should issue a “no further questions” letter to the company. The move paves the way for the company’s path to market in the United States and brings …

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Mosa Meat on Cultivated Beef as Top Discussion at COP27

Mosa Meat, the Netherlands company that famously developed the first hamburger made from cultivated beef back in 2013, is in attendance at COP27 to represent the cultivated meat sector. Maarten Bosch, CEO of Mosa Meat — which has raised over $85M to date from investors including Leonardo DiCaprio — gives his insights into the discussions at the conference and how world leaders are looking towards cultivated meat as a way to feed future generations sustainably, on a planet whose population has already surpassed 8 billion humans. Please tell us, in light of discussions at the conference in Egypt, how the climate crisis is reshaping the global food system Food systems around the world face a lot of challenges including vulnerability to supply shocks like Ukraine, …

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World’s First Hybrid Cultivated Meat Innovation Center Coming in 2023

Dutch cultivated meat company Meatable announces a partnership with Singaporean plant-based butcher Love Handle to build the world’s first hybrid cultivated meat innovation center in Singapore. The two companies will jointly invest around $6 million to inaugurate the center in 2023 and will collaborate to develop hybrid meat products for the Singaporean and global markets. The Future of Meat innovation center will unite the two alternative protein sectors to satisfy the world’s growing demand for meat without harming the planet. It will also serve as a testing ground for other food tech startups looking to create new products. Krijn de Nood, Meatable‘s co-founder and CEO, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Love Handle to build the world’s first innovation center for hybrid cultivated meat products. Ken …

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization Assesses Safety and Regulations of Cultivated Meat

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is now assessing important food safety and regulatory concerns regarding cultivated meat. The organization released several documents discussing food safety aspects of cultivated meat products, including language and terminologies, common production processes, and regulatory frameworks. Labeling and terminology The FAO points out that since cultivated meats represent an emerging commodity, the terminology used to describe its processes and products remain inconsistent. A literature review found the most common terms used by consumers and the industry are  “cell-based,” “cultivated,” and “cultured,” with some studies suggesting “cultivated” as the most appealing term.  Through its report, FAO aims to provide a basis for global policymakers to select consistent language for legislation and communication about cultivated meat. The organization also encourages …

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Farm Forward Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Americans are Willing to Eat Cultivated Meat

According to a new survey conducted by Farm Forward, a nonprofit working to end factory farming, approximately two-thirds of Americans (67%) say they would cultivated meat products, while 58% are open to consuming plant-based proteins.  Changing attitudes The survey, conducted in partnership with OnePoll, asked 2,001 US adults who were primary household shoppers about their interest in meat alternatives. While the majority expressed willingness to consume animal-free proteins, some negative attitudes persist about the perceptions plant-based diets, with 32-38% of respondents believing stereotypes about vegans and vegetarians, whether positive (e.g they are more compassionate) or negative (e.g. they don’t get enough protein) to be true.  Notably, 72% say the past decade has changed how others view vegan and vegetarian stereotypes.  Less meat for holidays? As …

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Future Meat Becomes Believer Meats as it Readies for US Market Launch

Future Meat has changed its name to Believer Meats effective immediately, as it prepares for its product launch. Believer states its “groundbreaking process and technology have paved the way to bring cultivated meat one step closer to commercial viability, pending US regulatory approval”.  Last August, the company opened what it claimed to be the world’s first industrial cell-cultured meat facility in Israel. The following December, the founders revealed a $320 million funding round that brought the company’s total value to $600 million, with the funding partly going towards the building of a US facility, which is expected to break ground before 2023.  Cargill exec hire In February of this year, Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, previously of Cargill, was hired as new CEO, “at this pivotal moment as …

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Australia’s Vow Raises Record US$49.2M, Will Launch Cultivated Quail

Australia’s Vow has announced a $49.2 million (A$73.5 million) funding round, which it claims is the largest ever Series A for a cultivated meat startup. Vow says it is now on track to offer its first product, cultivated quail, at Singaporean restaurants by the end of the year. The product will be available for tasting on a limited basis under the brand name Morsel. At present, Singapore is the only country to have approved the sale of cultivated meat, but Vow also plans to seek regulatory approval in Australia and the US. The round was led by Blackbird and Prosperity 7 Ventures, with participation from Toyota Ventures, Square Peg, Grok, and more. It follows Vow’s oversubscribed $6 million seed round in January 2021. The funds …

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Eat Just to Unveil New Iteration of GOOD Meat Cultivated Chicken at COP27

GOOD Meat, the cultivated meat division of Eat Just Inc, most famous for its pioneering egg product JUST Egg, announces it will launch a new version of its cultivated chicken at COP27. New to the conference this year are three dedicated spaces for food system dialogue: the Food and Agriculture Pavilion, the Food4Climate Pavilion and the Food Systems Pavilion. GOOD Meat will showcase a new version of its chicken produced from cells for the first time outside of Singapore, where it debuted nearly two years ago, at a series of events for media, ministerial guests and civil society representatives from Saturday 12 November to Monday 14 November. “We hope that our guests at COP27 will find their cultured chicken dishes both delicious and thought-provoking, and …

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Roslin Tech Raises £11M, Aims to Be Leading Animal Cell Line Provider for Cultivated Meat

Scotland’s Roslin Technologies has raised £11 million in a Series A funding round, fuelling its mission to become the leading provider of animal cell lines for use in cultivated meat. The round was led by life sciences investor Novo Holdings. Roslin is notable for being the only commercial supplier of pluripotent stem cells, which can self-renew infinitely and grow into numerous types of animal tissue. The company already supplies customers in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. With the help of the funding, Roslin will expand its cell line portfolio and further develop protocols to scale up its cells into cost-competitive biomass for meat production. Accelerating development In the summer of 2021, Roslin appointed new CEO Ernst van Orsouw in order to begin …

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University of Vermont Researchers are Using Algae to Create Better Cultivated Meat Scaffolds

As the field of cultivated meat grows, so does the need for affordable inputs to facilitate the growth of cultured cells in large quantities. Scaffolds, which provide an underlying structure for cell attachment, are particularly cost-intensive and still largely rely on animal-based media such as collagen and gelatin.   In order to create a truly animal-free, affordable scaffolding technology,  University of Vermont (UVM) researchers Dr. Rachael Floreani and Irfan Tahir are turning to algae-based polymers to build cell-supporting structures, reports UVM.  Working from the University’s Engineered Biomaterials Research Laboratory (EBRL), Dr. Floreani and Tahir recently published an open-source paper discussing how such scaffolds, made from plant-based hydrogels, can be mechanically “tuned” to produce cultivated meat.  “Scaffolding recreates the microenvironment that the cells grow on inside an …

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GFI and EIT Reveal Winners of €400,000 Cultivated Meat Innovation Prize

GFI and the European Union’s EIT Food have announced the winners of their Cultivated Meat Innovation Challenge. The competition, launched in June, challenged teams to come up with new ways of reducing the cost of cultivated meat. The high cost of cell culture media is currently one of the main barriers when it comes to bringing cultivated products to market. The four winning organisations are: BioBetter — an Israeli company using tobacco plants to produce cell growth factors. The plants are used as “sustainable bioreactors”, and can be harvested up to four times per year. S2AQUAcoLAB — a Portuguese research organisation assessing the potential of microalgae to produce the ingredients needed to cultivate seafood. LenioBio — a German pharmaceutical company that will use its existing …

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SuperMeat Survey Reveals Nearly 90% of US Chefs Would Serve Cultivated Meat

A new survey conducted by food tech company SuperMeat discovered that 86% of American chefs are interested in serving cultivated meats, poultry or seafood to customers.  Conducted with market research consultancy Censuswide, the survey polled opinions from 251 US chefs and food professionals. The results found:  86% of chefs are interested in serving cultivated meat or poultry, with 22% of those saying they are “very interested” 84% would consider replacing conventional meat with cultivated meat on their menus if pricing were similar 77% would be willing to pay a premium for cultivated meats, with two-thirds willing to pay 11-15% more Those surveyed indicated food safety, concerns for the environment and customer demand were top motivators for adding cultivated meat to their menus.  Chicken is top …

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Wild Earth Develops ‘First-Ever’ Cell-Based Chicken Broth For Pet Food Market

Sustainable pet food company Wild Earth announces it has developed a cell-based meat broth topper for dogs, which will launch to consumers in 2023. According to the company, the broth is the world’s first cell-based meat product to debut on the pet food retail market.  Created in Wild Earth’s labs in Berkeley, CA, the chicken broth is made with the company’s proprietary technology and joins its current line of high-protein dog food and treats. According to Wild Earth, launching cell-based meat products represents the next step to transforming the pet food industry and reducing its harmful effects on the environment. “Our pets’ environmental paw print accounts for 30% of meat consumed in the US and it doesn’t have to,” explains Wild Earth Co-Founder and CEO, …

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