We could be seeing 3D printed plant-based meat by 2020, thanks to an Israeli Startup.
Jet Eat hopes to take over the vegan food market by developing a 3D printed meat using plant-based formulations
Founders of the company say that the final product closely resembles the experience of animal meat.
Jet Eat, which started in early 2018 by Eshchar Ben Shitrit, is planning to have its products hit markets by 2020.
Replicating “the complex matrix that is meat”
Eshchar Ben Shitrit, said: “Meat is characterized by four components: the muscle, the fat within it, myoglobin and a connective tissue. We replicated, with our 3D printer and precise formulations, the complex matrix that is meat.”
He continued: “Nowadays, digital printing is being utilized in areas ranging from organs to dentistry and I believe that, in an increasingly digitalized world, it can be applied to food as well.”
Shitrit was a heavy meat-eater before he decided to find a substitute. He wanted to use natural, healthy ingredients, whilst trying to completely replicate flavour and consistency.
Israel has seen a significant rise in people who are vegan with Tel Aviv has seen the biggest increase in plant-based options.
Jet Eat is developing its products in collaboration with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and is using the institution’s labs for experiments.
The startup had earlier this year taken part in a four-month accelerator program launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food Accelerator Network at the Technion.
They became a finalist to compete at the program’s Food Venture Summit for a cash prize of $68,000. The winners of the competition will be announced next week.
Furthermore, researchers at the Yissum Research Development Company say that will be able to produce nutritious meals, for use in homes, restaurants, and institutions, using nano-cellulose, a natural and edible calorie-free fiber. They have so far used their technology to “print” dough, but not a full meal.
This story was written by Nikolas James Gray
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