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Nestle Partners with Israel’s Future Meat

Nestlé, the international food conglomerate, will cooperate with Israeli cultured meat startup Future Meat Technologies. Nestlé Research in Lausanne in Switzerland will work with the techies from Future Meat on the company’s cultured-meat designs that do not sacrifice on taste or texture.

Nestle says that it will be able to take advantage of this collaboration with Future Meats to study how cultured meat ingredients can be integrated into its existing products, or used to create new climate-friendly options. The corporate world is working harder at going green and showing concern for animals and avoiding any animal cruelty. Future Meat develops new tech to create non-GMO animal meats directly from cells, which precludes the necessity of raising and slaughtering livestock.

This is the second such collaboration for an Israeli foodtech firm and an international this week alone. Just the other day Coca Cola Israel announced that it was investing in Israeli milk company Biomilk. Biomilk also uses culture technologies to make cultured dairy. Add cultured cheese to cultured meat and you can get a kosher cheeseburger.

Whether meat or dairy, fake animal based food is great for the environment. All the millions of cows and chickens around the world used for meat and dairy and eggs leave behind waste that harms the environment. Then there is all of the energy consumed in raising the animals and the problems with animal cruelty for how they are treated.

Fake food, or artificially produced alternatives to animal products which are as good as the real thing, is nothing new for Startup Nation. Israel has several firms offering artificial meat through the wonders of 3D printing. Redefine Meat is one such startup. Established in 2018, Redefine Meat applies its proprietary 3D printing technology, meat digital modeling, and advanced food formulations to produce animal-free meat with the “appearance, texture and flavor of whole muscle meat.”

New Israeli startup Chunk Foods develops meat-alternatives. Chunk Foods leverages cutting-edge fermentation technology to produce whole-cut plant-based meat products. Stray Dog Capital declares that it is considered a pioneer in the alternative-protein sector and has invested in similar companies such as Beyond Meat, among others.

Founded in 2018, Future Meat Technologies is a Food-Tech company which boasts that it advances a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest animals. Future Meat Technologies focuses on developing a new generation of manufacturing technology that enables the cost-efficient production of fat and muscle cells, the core building blocks of meat. The technology is exclusively licensed from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is based on the findings of Prof. Yaakov Nahmias.

Nestlé Institute of Material Sciences head Reinhard Behringer said, “For many years we have been investing in our protein expertise and the development of proprietary technologies for plant-based meat alternatives, allowing us to continuously expand our wide range of tasty and nutritious products with a lower environmental impact. To complement these efforts, we’re also exploring technologies that could lead to animal-friendly alternatives that are nutritious, sustainable, and close to meat in terms of taste, flavor, and texture.”

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