Asia’s largest artificial meat factory to be built in Singapore

US alternative food company Eat Just, a maker of “cultivated meat” and egg substitutes, decided to set up the largest plant to produce lab-grown meat in Asia in Singapore.

The facility, to be operated by a new company subsidiary called Good Meat, will span over nearly 2,800 square meters in Singapore’s southeastern Bedok neighborhood and is slated to open in the first quarter of 2023.

It will have the annual capacity to produce “tens of thousands of pounds of meat from cells,” up from Good Meat’s current output of around 2,000 pounds (about 907 kilogrammes), the company said at the groundbreaking ceremony on June 10.

Largest bioreactor for cultivated neat in the world

The meat will be grown from chicken cells in a 6,000-liter bioreactor, the single-largest such device in the cultivated meat industry globally to date. About 50 researchers, scientists and engineers will work at the facility, the company added.

Eat Just received approval in 2020 to sell its lab-created chicken in Singapore, which became the first government to allow the sale of cultured meat. Subsequently, the company set up a Good Meat team in the city-state.

“We view Singapore as vital in our plans to build this new approach to making meat. We’ll launch new products here, distribute to other countries in Asia from here and learn from consumers here who have proven themselves to be at the cutting edge of what’s next,” said Eat Just CEO Josh Tetrick.

Replacement for animal protein

Alternative meats, from those made from plants to others using extracted animal cells and grown in bioreactors, have emerged in response to concerns about animal welfare, the impact on the environment of conventional meat production and increased antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain.

Tetrick said that the company’s vision is that cultivated meat should be the only animal protein offered on menus in decades to come. Eat Just is aiming for the cost of its products to be similar or lower than “real” chicken, beef and pork by the end of 2030.



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US alternative food company Eat Just, a maker of “cultivated meat” and egg substitutes, decided to set up the largest plant to produce lab-grown meat in Asia in Singapore. The facility, to be operated by a new company subsidiary called Good Meat, will span over nearly 2,800 square meters in Singapore’s southeastern Bedok neighborhood and is slated to open in the first quarter of 2023. It will have the annual capacity to produce “tens of thousands of pounds of meat from cells,” up from Good Meat’s current output of around 2,000 pounds (about 907 kilogrammes), the company said at the...

US alternative food company Eat Just, a maker of “cultivated meat” and egg substitutes, decided to set up the largest plant to produce lab-grown meat in Asia in Singapore.

The facility, to be operated by a new company subsidiary called Good Meat, will span over nearly 2,800 square meters in Singapore’s southeastern Bedok neighborhood and is slated to open in the first quarter of 2023.

It will have the annual capacity to produce “tens of thousands of pounds of meat from cells,” up from Good Meat’s current output of around 2,000 pounds (about 907 kilogrammes), the company said at the groundbreaking ceremony on June 10.

Largest bioreactor for cultivated neat in the world

The meat will be grown from chicken cells in a 6,000-liter bioreactor, the single-largest such device in the cultivated meat industry globally to date. About 50 researchers, scientists and engineers will work at the facility, the company added.

Eat Just received approval in 2020 to sell its lab-created chicken in Singapore, which became the first government to allow the sale of cultured meat. Subsequently, the company set up a Good Meat team in the city-state.

“We view Singapore as vital in our plans to build this new approach to making meat. We’ll launch new products here, distribute to other countries in Asia from here and learn from consumers here who have proven themselves to be at the cutting edge of what’s next,” said Eat Just CEO Josh Tetrick.

Replacement for animal protein

Alternative meats, from those made from plants to others using extracted animal cells and grown in bioreactors, have emerged in response to concerns about animal welfare, the impact on the environment of conventional meat production and increased antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain.

Tetrick said that the company’s vision is that cultivated meat should be the only animal protein offered on menus in decades to come. Eat Just is aiming for the cost of its products to be similar or lower than “real” chicken, beef and pork by the end of 2030.



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