THE NETHERLANDS, Delft. Dutch food tech company Meatable partners with plant-based butcher Love Handle to establish the Future of Meat innovation centre in Singapore. Besides working on the joint development of hybrid products with cultivated meat and plant-based material, the centre is open to other companies in the field aiming to optimise their production.
Last month, Meatable announced its partnership with CMDO ESCO Aster, the only global production facility with regulatory approval to produce cultivated meat, according to Meatable.
Now the company is partnering with Love Handle to build the world’s first Future of Meat innovation centre. The companies are planning to collaboratively develop hybrid meat products combining cultivated meat and plant-based materials in Singapore.
Love Handle is Asia’s first plant-based butcher, established in 2020. Its products include pastrami made from jackfruit, chicken breast, chicken satay, beef steak and sausages. As well as running its own butcher and deli, Love Handle also powers an e-commerce platform and B2B sales.
The centre is set to launch in 2023, and the two companies will jointly invest around $6 million and employ up to 10 people locally. Besides working on their own projects, other plant-based protein startups and scaleups would be able to use the centre to develop and optimise their own products, the Dutch food tech company emphasised.
“Together we’re going to spearhead the development of hybrid products for the Singapore and global markets and help foster innovation among other alternative protein producers,” said Krijn de Nood, co-founder and CEO of Meatable.
The company expects to deliver completely new hybrid products that are indistinguishable from traditional meat. Together Meatable and Love Handle want to commercialise the products with the expectation to have a range of hybrid meat products, including dumplings, pulled pork, pork belly, meatballs, cold cuts and patties, which will be available in local restaurants first in 2024 and supermarkets in 2025.
The partnership was brought together by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency tasked with supporting Singapore’s position as a leading innovation centre.