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Cultivated Meat

Ivy Farm Anticipates Regulatory Approval After Creating Cultivated Meat Scotch Egg With Fortnum & Mason

The UK’s Ivy Farm Technologies has partnered with high-end department store Fortnum & Mason to develop what is said to be the world’s first scotch egg containing cultivated meat, stating it expects its cultivated sausage meat to be available to consumers by the beginning of 2025. According to The Guardian, Ivy Farm had threatened to relocate to the US if cultivated meat was not approved for sale in the UK, leading to talks with the government. The company has now been told to expect Food Standards Authority (FSA) approval by the end of the year, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said to be in favour of granting approval. The product, sampled last week at a panel regarding the future of meat production to highlight the …

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Ivy Farm hires new chief scientific officer

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Ivy Farm Hires New Chief Scientific Officer as it Prepares for Commercialisation

UK cultivated meat company Ivy Farm has hired a new Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Harsh Amin, to support its R&D strategy and scale-up plans. Dr. Amin holds a PhD in Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine from UCL, and has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology and biopharma industries. Previously, he was the R&D Director at biopharmaceutical manufacturer Lonza, where he led the R&D centre of excellence in cell culture media development. Following his appointment, Dr. Amin will help to transform Ivy Farm’s production processes as the company prepares for commercialisation. The new hire follows Ivy Farm’s announcement earlier this year that it is developing plans for its first manufacturing plant, which will produce at least 12,000 tonnes of cultivated meat per year. The …

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Ivy Farm and Finnebrogue partner to bring cultivated Wagyu beef to the UK  

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Cultivated Meat

Ivy Farm and Finnebrogue Partner to Bring Cultivated Wagyu Beef to the UK  

Cultivated meat company Ivy Farm Technologies and UK food producer Finnebrogue have announced what they claim is a “world-first” partnership to develop and sell cultivated Wagyu beef burgers in the UK — once cultivated meat gets the regulatory green light. The collaboration aims to address the growing demand for meat with a sustainable alternative. Finnebrogue, renowned for its artisan pork products, will explore Ivy Farm’s cultivated process, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of meat production since it does not require land or animal agriculture.  Diversifying protein production Jago Pearson, CSO at Finnebrogue, says: “Our task is always to make food that is nutritious, delicious and sustainable for food-loving consumers up and down the land – and so we are excited to strike a partnership with Ivy Farm that will …

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Cultivated Meat

Ivy Farm Announces First Production Facility and International Launch

UK cultivated meat company Ivy Farm Technologies has announced it is developing engineering plans for its first manufacturing plant, which looks set to be located overseas. The plant will be able to produce at least 12,000 tons of cultivated meat per year, thanks to 200,000 litres of fermentation capacity. The plans and designs are being developed in collaboration with Dennis Group, a global design-build firm that specialises in food processing plants. The company has previously designed facilities for major corporations such as Starbucks, Danone, and Kerry. Since cultivated meat has not yet been approved for sale in the UK, Ivy Farm is looking to locate the plant in a country where there is a clear pathway towards regulatory approval. The company is reportedly considering the …

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Ivy Farm Unveils Europe’s Biggest Cultivated Meat Pilot Production Facility

Ivy Farm announces just now the official opening of a state-of-the-art cultivated meat pilot production plant in Oxford, UK. The 18,000 square foot facility has production capabilities of 2.8 tonnes of cultivated meat a year, which the company claims is the largest of its kind in Europe. The UK alt protein pioneer, which stated its intention of becoming the first commercial producer of cultivated meat in the UK in May 2021 and has been in talks with Heck Foods to bring cultivated sausages to UK supermarkets, has raised over $30M to date. Ivy Farm grows pork stem cells in large fermentation tanks to produce real meat which the company says offers a healthier nutritional profile and a more sustainable greenhouse gas footprint. The new facility, …

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Cultivated Meat

Ivy Farm & BCG Release Report on Cultivated Meat in the UK: “We Need to Act Now to Truly Realise its Full Potential”

A report by Boston Consulting Group and the UK’s first cultivated meat producer Ivy Farm has outlined the ways in which the UK cultivated meat industry could scale up and reach its full potential. It has been estimated that cultivated meat will make up 6% of the global alt-protein market by 2035, but the report suggests that this could be higher in the UK, with a third of British consumers reportedly willing to try cultivated meat, higher than in the US or other European countries.   Speaking to vegconomist this morning, Russ Tucker, co-founder of Ivy Farm, urged: “The way we produce meat today is unsustainable. Industrial agriculture and its negative impacts on the climate, our health and our planet can no longer be ignored.  …

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Politics & Law

“A Missed Opportunity”: Alt Protein Leaders Respond to UK Government Food Strategy Published Today

The UK Government Food Strategy was published today, highlighting how sustainable and alternative proteins can play a major role in British food production. However, the report falls short and has been labelled as a disappointment to the UK and to the planet. Here follows commentary on the whitepaper from leaders and experts from within alt protein: Russ Tucker, Co-Founder of UK’s first cultivated meat company Ivy Farm; Morten Toft Bech, founder of Meatless Farm; Elena Walden, Policy Manager at the Good Food Institute Europe; and Marisa Heath, Chief Executive of the Plant-based Food Alliance UK. Russ Tucker, Co-Founder of Ivy Farm “With no commitment given on the future of cultivated meat in the UK, the Government’s Food Strategy White Paper has missed a key opportunity …

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Politics & Law

UK Politicians Consider More Agile Cultivated Meat Regulations

On May 18, cultivated meat startup Ivy Farm Technologies and the Good Food Institute Europe (GFI) hosted an event at the UK Parliament to discuss cultivated meat regulations. The organisations argued for more investment in cultivated meat research in the country, as well as a more collaborative regulatory process. Politicians from all parties attended the event, which featured talks from Elena Walden, Policy Manager at the Good Food Institute Europe, and Ivy Farm co-founder Dr. Russ Tucker. Also featured was Peter Quigley, Deputy Director of Regulatory Services (Interim) at the Food Standards Agency, along with representatives from companies such as Roslin Technologies, Multus Media, CellulaREvolution, Waitrose, and Nomad Foods. According to Ivy Farm and GFI, the cultivated industry could greatly increase the UK’s food security, …

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Heck in Early Stage Talks With Ivy Farm to Bring Cultivated Sausages to UK Supermarkets

Heck Foods, specialist in gourmet sausages including a pea-based range and a veg-based line, widely available in mainstream UK retail, is in talks with cultured fat producer Ivy Farm for a partnership that could see cultivated Heck sausages in UK supermarkets at some stage in the near future, as first reported by The Grocer. As we revealed this May, Ivy Farm declared its intention to become the first commercial producer of sustainable, cultured meat in the UK. Co-founder Russ Tucker, originally from a family of butchers, stated at the time his plan to produce cultivated meat for retail and food service by 2023, beginning with sausages then moving into meatballs beefburgers, aiming to produce up to 12,000 tonnes of cultured pork per year by 2025. …

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Politics & Law

UK Government Must Embrace Cultured Meat or Miss Out on £2.1Billion and 16,500 Jobs

A study, commissioned by cell-cultured meat company Ivy Farm Technologies and conducted by researchers from Oxford Economics, has found that cell-cultured meat could add £2.1bn to the UK economy by 2030, along with creating 16,500 jobs. Based on this projection, cultured meat would make up 13% of the UK’s agriculture sector, raise £523 million in taxes, and account for 12% of consumer demand for meat, all less than a decade from now. However, this will only be possible if the UK grants regulatory approval to the sale of cell-cultured meat by the end of 2022. Failing that, the country will fall behind others such as Singapore, the US, and Israel. A market report earlier this year found that globally, the cell-cultured meat market would be …

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Startups, Accelerators & Incubators

Ivy Farm to Bring First Cultured Sausages to UK Supermarkets by 2023 & Produce 12,000 Tonnes of Cultured Pork Per Year

Ivy Farm Technologies aims to become the first commercial producer of sustainable, cultured meat in the UK. Co-founder Russ Tucker, originally from a family of butchers, says the startup plans to produce cultured sausages for supermarkets and restaurants by 2023, followed by meatballs and beefburgers, with plans to produce up to 12,000 tonnes of cultured pork per year by 2025, the equivalent of saving 170,000 pigs from slaughter.

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