Israel-based food tech innovator Ever After Foods has launched its patented bioreactor platform for producing cultivated meat.
Backed by Israel’s largest food producer, the Tnuva Group, Ever After Foods has developed what it says is the first production platform that can bring cultivated meat to the mass market at scale.
The achievement comes by way of a proprietary bioreactor system that Ever After says can overcome the critical challenge of scaling cultivated meat. Ever After Foods’ manufacturing plants require significantly lower capital and lower production costs, which it says results in a 700 percent increase in productivity when compared with other cultivated meat technology platforms.
Cost parity for cultivated meat
“Current cultivated meat companies all use very similar methods for growing cells and face insurmountable challenges when it comes to scaling production in a cost-effective manner,” Ever After Foods CEO Eyal Rosenthal said in a statement.
“To achieve cost parity, their methods will demand huge bioreactors of more than 10,000-liters, which are infeasible for use with animal cells. Ever After Foods’ disruptive technology enables significantly higher cultivated meat production capacity, with efficiencies that lower resources and costs. We can currently produce more than 10 kilograms of cultivated meat mass with just a 35-liter bioreactor and have a proven path to scale and reach price parity,” Rosenthal said.
“Leveraging its unique production platform, Ever After Foods will transform the food system by reinventing how we produce and consume meat. Ever After Foods is prepared to spearhead the move toward the efficient development, production and distribution of delicious, high-quality cultivated meat products at mass scale,” said Eyal Malis, CEO of the Tnuva Group.
Ever After says the need for protein solutions is critical as the United Nations predicts the global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 with global meat demand rising concurrently. The planet’s natural resources cannot support that, but Ever After says cultivated meat provides an animal-friendly alternative that can.
A recent LCA on cultivated meat have found it to be more sustainable than conventional animal products, especially when using renewable energy. Another recent report predicted alternative protein will account for 60 percent of the global meat market by 2040, with cultivated meat is forecasted to outpace plant-based alternatives, even despite lacking regulations at present.
“In less than a year, Ever After Foods developed a solution unlike any other in the market through massive technological advancements that evolved the original biotech-focused technology into a food-grade platform. We see incredible potential for Ever After Foods to transform cells into high-quality cultivated meat products,” said Yaky Yanay, Pluri CEO and President, as well as Chairman of Ever After Foods.
Ever After Foods, formerly Plurinuva, launched last year as a spin-off of 3D cell-based food tech pioneer, Pluri, Inc.
“Addressing food security, health, sustainability and animal-welfare concerns, cultivated meat is the future of food,” said Rosenthal. “Our new name, logo and branding underscore our ambition to deliver the future of meat, sustainably, ever after.”