SWITZERLAND, Zurich. Cultivated meat startup Mirai Foods partners with German protein manufacturer Rügenwalder Mühle to develop hybrid products combining plant-based proteins and cultivated fat.
According to a Mirai Foods press release, its cultured fat will be replacing the currently used coconut fat. Both companies believe the ingredient replacement will lead to a significant taste enhancement. “It is the fat in a burger which gives beef the distinctive taste of grilled meat. Until today, it has not been possible to recreate this taste with plant-based fat alternatives,” said Patrick Bühr, Head of Research and Development at Rügenwalder Mühle.
Besides working on the scalability and cost-effectiveness of cultivated meat production, market introduction in Germany and the EU also depends on the necessary regulatory frameworks and approvals that still need to be set. Therefore, Bühr expects the hybrid product to launch “in 2025 at the earliest – nevertheless, we are starting with the development today so that we are ready to act when the regulatory approval is granted.”
“The partnership with Rügenwalder Mühle underscores our claim to leadership in the area of cultivated beef. We are delighted that Rügenwalder appreciates our innovative power, and we are looking forward to developing new products together, which will convince even the greatest meat lovers,” said Christoph Mayr, CEO and co-founder of Mirai Foods.
Source: Mirai Foods