BARCELONA, June 29 – As demand for plant-based options to meat rises, Barcelona-based startup Novameat is utilizing its 3D printing expertise to fabricate vegetarian “steaks” that it hopes will attain the mass market subsequent 12 months.
Novameat plans to promote its “steaks” on to customers and to companies comparable to eating places desirous about producing plant-based meat, enterprise growth supervisor Alexandre Campos instructed Reuters on Tuesday.
The Spanish firm, which developed its expertise in 2018, was displaying how its newest 3D printer produced meals at Barcelona’s Cellular World Congress (MWC).
“It didn’t have the sensation of a standard steak however I used to be positively shocked as a result of I didn’t anticipate that the feel can be so properly achieved,” mentioned Ferran Gregori, after making an attempt one of many “steaks” printed at Novameat’s stand on the world’s largest telecoms gathering.
The corporate makes use of 3D expertise to check recipes, introducing substances via capsules as a result of it’s a cheaper course of than mass-producing, Campos mentioned.
As soon as a mannequin is taken into account profitable, it might then be produced on a bigger scale in greater machines not utilizing 3D expertise, manufacturing as much as 500 kg of faux meat per hour, he added.
Campos mentioned the startup’s goal had been to recreate the muscle fibres of animal meat however utilizing 100% plant-based substances. He forecast the plant-based trade would continue to grow at double-digit charges within the foreseeable future.
The corporate additionally mentioned it was producing the faux meat for environmental causes.
“(We search to) exchange animal meat for one thing that’s higher for the planet, ourselves and animals,” Campos mentioned.