Meatable, the leading food company that produces cultured beef and pork using cutting-edge technology, today reveals the first images of its pork sausage. This cultured pork product is the first product from the Dutch company whose mission is to satisfy the growing hunger for meat worldwide – without harming the planet or the animals.
The sausage of the future
The unveiling of Meatables’ cultured pork sausages represents a major breakthrough for the company. Since its inception in 2018, Meatable has been committed to refining the cultured meat development process. Thanks to the use of the opti-ox™ technology, the use of fetal bovine serum (FBS) is unnecessary throughout the process. Rightfully ground-breaking and animal-friendly; Meatable only needs one cell to mimic the natural growth of muscle and fat at scale and develop real meat. The cell is taken from an animal in a painless way.
In recent months, the Meatable team has made great strides in developing their product. We have succeeded in making a sustainable and animal-friendly product with exactly the same characteristic structure, texture, shine and taste as we know from traditional pork. Including all the functions that consumers know and love. The sausages produce the same sounds and smells when they are baked. It’s not just like meat, it’s real meat.
Krijn de Nood, co-founder and CEO of Meatable: “This is a particularly exciting moment for the entire Meatable team. Thank you adopted proposal thanks to the House of Representatives, co-founder Daan and I could finally taste a sausage for the first time – and with great pleasure. It was fantastic to see, bake and taste our products in real life for the first time. We now know for sure that all our hard work over the past four years has paid off. Our product is indistinguishable from a traditional meat product; cultured meat is the food of the future and one of the sustainable solutions to the global food problem. We can’t wait to let more people taste Meatable’s meat.”
The potential of Meatable’s meat is huge, ready to be embraced by consumers, without the negative impact on the planet and animals. Meat sausages only take a few weeks to develop. Currently, 14% of global CO2 emissions are caused by livestock farming. Studies indicate that cultured meat can reduce the industry’s environmental impact by up to 92%. According to Meatable, cultured meat is therefore essential for combating climate change and contributing to a healthier planet.
The development of a new food system
Meatable develops the sausages to meet the high demand from potential customers in Europe and the USA. The German market alone accounts for around 27% of the total amount of pork sausages consumed worldwide. Meatable hopes their product will be the first step for cultured meat into the consumer market.
But despite the sustainable production and the tasty nature of the sausages, it is not yet legal to eat cultured meat in the EU. Meatable is working closely with the Dutch regulatory authorities to enable tastings of cultured meat on a wider scale – following the approved proposal earlier this year. Meatable hopes that the societal evolution of regulations and safety standards will lead to the company being able to offer its products to consumers by 2025, if not sooner.
“Over the past four years, we’ve innovated relentlessly. We’ve continued to develop our technology and have now reached the point where real products are ready. Products that don’t just look like meat, but are real meat. By could taste I now know for sure that it is 100% tasty meat An important next step in our mission to realize ‘the new natural’,” says Meatable co-founder and CTO Daan Luining.
In the meantime, Meatable will continue to optimize the cultured meat development process. To this end, it is supported by a sensory testing panel of food scientists and chefs. With this approach, the company wants to ensure that the end product gets the right taste and characteristics of traditional meat in order to further develop other products.