World’s first 3D-printed vegan steak unveiled

Date:2 July 2020 Author: Adrian Brown

For those with plant-based diets, or just people who prefer to avoid animal products, great news! 3D-printed vegan steak could soon be on the market.

An Israeli-based startup called Redefine Meat, is launching its first product, Alt-Steak. The steak is created using the company’s 3D technology, which maps 70 sensorial parameters to make vegan meat that reflects all the qualities of normal beef steak, according to Veg News.

The vegan steak will have the taste, texture, and juiciness of a beefsteak, without harming any animals in the process.

“3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is revolutionising the 21st century production for athletic shoes, airplane and car parts, medical devices, and more. Redefine Meat is applying propriety 3D printing technology, meat digital modelling, and advanced food formulations to produce animal-free meat with the appearance, texture and flavour of whole muscle meat,” say Redefine Meat on their website.

The Alt-Steak is made of soy and pea proteins, coconut fat and sunflower oil, and natural colours and flavours, according to Metro UK. The steak is high in protein and has no cholesterol.

These steaks are expected to be tested at high-end restaurants in Israel next month. They are expected to be rolled out in Europe in 2021 and released in supermarkets in 2022.

“This is the world’s first 3D-printed steak that can really pass the test of what is a steak. We’ve reached a milestone because we can print steaks on a large scale and the taste and texture are amazing. To make a meatless steak that resembles the muscle of an animal requires the use of a special 3D printer. Until now, nobody had this kind of printer and we developed it in the past two years,” said Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO and co-founder of Redefine Meat to The Media Line. 

Watch Metro UK’s video on the 3D steak here:

Image: Twitter / 3d4printers

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