Food Tech Startup Creates Vegan Steaks With 3D Printer
Israeli startup Redefine Meat claims to have created the world’s first 3D-printed plant-based steak.
The company plans to test the vegan steaks at restaurants in Israel next month, with the long-term goal of selling the printers and plant-based ink to distributors around the world.
“We are actually printing steaks,” said Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, founder of Redefine Meat.
“We come very close to how the composition of meat is in nature, and our 3D printer essentially is like a very complicated robot that knows how to take each one of these ingredients and in a very accurate manner… builds a food product.”
“It is very unique to us; we are the only ones doing this.”
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The 3D-printed vegan steaks from Redefine Meats are high in protein, but contain no cholesterol. They are designed to replicate the appearance and taste of animal beef.
The startup has revealed that the ink is made using proteins from legumes and grains, as well as fats from plants, with added natural flavors and colors.
“The Perfect Alt-Steak”
“By using separate formulations for muscle, fat and blood, we can focus on each individual aspect of creating the perfect alt-steak product,” explained Ben-Shitrit.
“This is unique to our 3D printing technology and lets us achieve unprecedented control.”
Analysts predict that the global plant-based meat substitute market will be worth $8.1 billion in the next six years.
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