3D-printed steaks could soon be on your dinner table.
Israeli startup Aleph Farms has developed 3D-bioprinting technology that can create meat from animal cell cultures.
This is a BIG deal.
Cultured meat isn’t just another “alt-meat” like plant-based burgers or sausages. It’s actual animal meat.
Since it requires no animal slaughter and is lab-grown, it can be produced using 84% less water and 99% less land.
But cultured meat isn’t a novel concept. In fact, there are now over 70 companies experimenting with cultured meat. They raised a combined $733 million since 2020, according to Bloomberg.
So, why am I excited about Aleph Farms?
This Is the Meat of the Future
Current methods of cultured and alternative meat production have been unable to create products that replicate animal muscle structure.
Since muscle structure is complex, Aleph Farms uses 3D printing to create a product with the taste, look and feel of conventional meat.
3D printing builds layer by layer, enabling it to replicate animal muscle structure.
It also adds versatility to the production process. Producing different cuts is as simple as switching the digital file used by the 3D printer.
(Source: Redefine Meat.)
Production will accelerate over the coming years as the price of required material declines exponentially.
According to the Good Food Institute, the price per liter of cell culture media is expected to fall 99% from $50 in 2019 to $0.30 by 2025.
This will make 3D-printed meat production more economically viable.
There Is Plenty of Upside for 3D-Printed Meat Stocks
I’m calling for 3D-printed meat to become “Meat 2.0” and disrupt the massive $1.3 trillion global meat industry by the end of the decade.
A recent survey by Foods showed that 40% of U.S. and U.K. consumers were highly likely to eat it in the future.
I believe this number is low and could easily double as a result of social proof.
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Considering the $8 billion valuation of plant-based meat producer Beyond Meat Inc. (Nasdaq: BYND), there is plenty of upside for 3D-printed meat stocks.
So, you should keep an eye out for 3D-printed meat stocks as they enter the public markets in the coming years.
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Research Analyst, Strategic Fortunes