MeaTech and Umami Meats collaborate to promote 3D-printed farmed seafood in Asian markets

July 14, 2022 – MeaTech 3D, an international food technology company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Umami Meats for the joint development of 3D-printed structured seafood.

This collaboration opens the door for both companies in the Asian market and Singapore, which is the only country currently authorized to produce and distribute cultured meat.

Boost for alternative proteins
The agreement is part of MeaTech’s strategy to collaborate with other alternative protein players and takes advantage of the company’s flexibility in its technological and biological capabilities to develop a wide range of species.

Through this agreement, MeaTech will add seafood to its portfolio of bovine, fowl and swine products under development.

Umami Meats, a Singapore-based farmed seafood company, is focused on developing species that are expected to suffer severe supply-side shortages in the coming years due to climate change, overfishing and ever-increasing consumer demand.

According to the Food Industry Association, the global seafood market was estimated to be valued at US$110.2 billion by 2022 and is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.6%.The collaboration creates an opportunity to enter the Asian market with 3D bioprinted regulated seafood products.

Intensification of 3D bioprinting technology
The company’s 3D bioprinting technology can precisely produce complex meat products at an industrial production rate without affecting cell viability.

MeaTech develops and markets 3D printing capabilities in-house and to third parties in the food technology sector through its own subsidiary.

“This new agreement reflects our commercial strategy for industrial collaboration using our unique 3D printing capabilities. We are excited to enter the seafood sector and believe it will lead us to new market paths throughout Asia and around the world,” explains Eric Kaufman, CEO and Founder of MeaTech .

MeaTech also sees this collaboration as an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to help preserve marine and wildlife ecosystems, while addressing the environmental challenges surrounding the aquaculture and fishing industries.

Cell-Based Developments
The move also comes amid a crackdown on cultured meat technology. MeaTech 3D has been developing cultured meat products since the beginning of the plant-based and cell-based meat movement. The company started setting up a pilot plant in 2021 to increase the production of fat from farmed chickens.

“This partnership will enable us to build on our technology platform to grow fish muscle and fat to produce a variety of structured products that cater to discerning consumers,” adds Mihir Bershad, CEO and founder of Umami Meats.

“We believe that farmed seafood has tremendous potential to provide a local and sustainable source of healthy protein and address many of the challenges facing our diet and our oceans.”

At the end of last year, Umami Meats was shortlisted for its nutritious and healthy farmed fish that promotes the future of sustainable seafood in the Fi Europe 2021 Innovation Awards and Startup Innovation Challenge.

Edited by Elizabeth Green

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