Israeli food technology start-up Aleph Farms is making advancements in the production of clean meat by expanding its composition, as well as growing it in a more structured manner.
The company noted that until now, the clean meat has been grown in a laboratory setting and has been confined to simple structures of one or two types of cell tissue, thereby limiting its applications to ground meat.
In order to address the issue, the company has developed new 3D technology, which is claimed to take clean meat production to the next level.
Aleph Farms co-founder and chief scientific officer Shulamit Levenberg said: “It has been a major hurdle to mimic meat’s many properties, such as texture, shape, juiciness, and flavour.
“Our use of the four cell types found in conventional cuts of meat, including vascular and connective tissues, is the key to a product that will be closer to the beef that people crave.”
“Consumers, especially millennials and flexitarians, care about animal welfare and the environment.”
The technology focuses on creating a complex tissue composed of the four core meat cell types, which are grown on a complicated proprietary 3D platform at a later stage.
The company explained that its clean meat mimics traditional cuts of beef in both structure and texture.
Aleph Farms co-founder and CEO Didier Toubia said: “Consumers, especially millennials and flexitarians, care about animal welfare and the environment.
“At the same time, they want to eat juicy, indulgent steak, not just ‘protein.’ Our goal is to help these consumers adhere to their personal standards while getting to enjoy safe, sustainable meat.”