Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the agriculture sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 3 promising genetically engineered food solutions.
Heat Map: 3 Top Genetically Engineered Food Solutions
For our 3 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 3 interesting examples out of 60 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Rebellyous Foods – Plant-Based Meat Substitutes
Plant-based meat substitutes are engineered to be an environment-friendly alternative to animal meat products that also aims to retain the same taste, texture, and nutritional properties. As the sustainability of the meat industry becomes harder to justify, with the rising demand from the different parts of the world, plant-based alternatives are gaining traction among startups to meet this demand.
The US-based startup Rebellyous Foods manufactures plant-based food products, such as chicken nuggets, that have the same taste and texture of breaded chicken and can be easily substituted for other animal-based products. The plant-based solution contains the same amount of protein and requires the same cooking techniques as with meat-based chicken nuggets.
Novameat – 3D Printing Meat
While plant-based meat substitutes are able to simulate the taste of actual meat, they are still unable to fully create the texture of animal meat. Using additive manufacturing techniques to grow meat allows for the producing meat that contains fibrous tissues in the substitutes that closely resemble the texture of animal meat. Companies are trying to find novel ways to recreate animal meat from substitutes mainly to reduce the environmental impacts of traditional meat production.
Spanish startup Novameat develops a 3D printing scaffolding technology that mimics the taste, texture, and appearance of meats such as beef, chicken, and fish. Their customized 3D printing technology is designed to create the fibrous tissue that is found in animal-based meats. Their process of printing meat allows them to reduce the cost of production while producing high-quality meat substitutes.
Future Meat – Meat From Animal Cultures
Another method for producing genetically engineered meat is in the development of animal cells, artificially cultured in a lab environment. This process produces meat that has the same taste and texture of regular meat and eliminates the need to breed and kill animals. Beef is being developed with alternative methods as the environmental impact of breeding beef currently is simply too high and is set to increase as demand for beef increases all around the world.
Israeli startup Future Meat develops a manufacturing platform for non-GMO meat produced directly from animal cells. Their production method involves the use of patented bioreactors to culture animal cells in a cost-effective cyclical growth pattern that can adapt the process according to the requirements of the market. This method of production emits fewer greenhouse gasses, requires less land and freshwater resources.
What About The Other 57 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 3 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 60 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.