American fast food restaurant chain, KFC has announced plans to create world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. The fast food company wants to create a “restaurant of the future” in partnership with Russian company 3D Bioprinting firm to create laboratory produced chicken nuggets using chicken cells and plant material.
According to a statement from the company, the idea of crafting the “meat of the future” arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production. KFC plans to provide the bioprinting firm with ingredients like breading and spices “to achieve the signature KFC taste” and will seek to replicate the taste and texture of genuine chicken.
“At KFC, we are closely monitoring all of the latest trends and innovations and doing our best to keep up with the times by introducing advanced technologies to our restaurant networks. Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our “restaurant of the future” concept. Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world”, said Raisa Polyakova, General Manager of KFC Russia & CIS.
Receiving a final product for testing is already planned for the fall of 2020 in Moscow.
Development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology
3D Bioprinting Solutions is developing additive bioprinting technology using chicken cells and plant material. This allows it to reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals in the process.
“3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat. In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market”, said Yusef Khesuani, co-founder and Managing Partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions.
Advantages of lab-produced chicken nuggets
Biomeat has exactly the same microelements as the original product, while excluding various additives that are used in traditional farming and animal husbandry, creating a cleaner final product. The production process does not cause any harm to animals. Along with that, KFC remains committed to continuous improvement in animal welfare from the farm.
The use of technologies based on 3D bioprinting may become a promising field in this area. New technology is slowly revolutionising the way people eat. This new technology allows KFC to produce chicken nuggets anywhere on earth with lesser natural resources.
KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM.), is a global chicken restaurant brand with a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It has 24,000 restaurants in 145 countries and territories around the world. For more information, visit www.kfc.ru
About 3D Bioprinting Solutions
3D Bioprinting Solutions is a laboratory for biotechnological research founded by INVITRO, the largest private medical company in Russia.
Source: KFC press release