Cultivated meat leader’s milestone achievement lays the groundwork for new species expansion
Future Meat Technologies, an Israel-based company developing innovative food technology to produce cultivated meat, has produced its first cultivated lamb, which looks, cooks, and tastes like conventional ground lamb meat, making it ideal for burgers, kebabs, and more. Accelerating the development of a cultivated lamb product is set to transform the global landscape. The European Union is the world’s largest lamb consumer, and lamb is the primary meat source for numerous countries across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and parts of Asia. Reaching this milestone with ovine cell lines means the company can now produce cultivated lamb at scale and accelerate its innovation focus to expanding into even more animal species.
Future Meat’s development of cultivated lamb started in 2019 with fibroblast cells isolated from Awassi sheep, generating two independent ovine cell lines, that divide indefinitely.
Moving forward, as the company prepares to enter the US market, Future Meat will shift its focus to scaling up production of its cultivated meat products, including lamb and chicken, at its new production facility, which is expected to break ground in 2022.