SINGAPORE – Mosa Meat, a Dutch food technology company, is seeking to augment its cultured beef production with a new industrial production development center which is being developed close to Mosa Meat’s existing pilot facility in Maastricht.
The 30,000 square feet facility, which brings Mosa Meat’s total footprint to over 77,000 square feet, will make the company become the largest cultivated meat campus in the world, and provides a solid foundation for European and global commercialization plans, according to Maarten Bosch, Mosa Meat’s CEO.
Mosa Meat said it is now ready for the next phase of expansion, housing industrial-size production lines and enabling larger production quantities of beef.
This industrial-scale production of cultivated meat is said to help the company tap into the growing global meat consumption projected to reach more than 40% by 2050.
Mosa Meat grows beef by taking a sesame-seed-sized sample of cells and nurturing them into a naturally grown beef and can make 80,000 hamburgers from a single cell sample — all without harming a single cow.
Mosa Meat plans to announce the launch of its industrial production development center in 2023.
Mosa Meats enters into a strategic partnership with Esco Aster
Simultaneously, Mosa Meat has partnered with Singapore-based cultivated meat manufacturer Esco Aster to bring Mosa Meat’s cultivated beef to market.
Founded in Singapore in 2017, Esco Aster is currently the first and only facility to obtain regulatory clearance to produce cultivated meat products in Singapore, the first country to grant regulatory approval of cultivated meat in 2020 as part of the country’s 30 by 30 strategy.
The Singapore Food Agency licensed the company as a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) and brings important regional capacity and relationships to the table.
In the EU, where the company is eyeing entrance, regulatory approval has not yet been granted for cultured meat, which might setback the local businesses’ efforts to establish Continental Europe as a hub for alternative meat innovation.
Bosch noted: “Our goal is to scale up our European-based production on a timeline similar to receiving pre-market approvals in Europe. Mosa Meat, through our trade association Cellular Agriculture Europe, is working collaboratively with other cultivated meat, seafood, and dairy companies and key stakeholders in the EU and UK to make the approval timelines as efficient as possible.”
He added that Mosa Meat has constructive dialogues underway with policymakers and regulators in Brussels and London.
“We are learning from each other and working toward a dossier submission that exceeds regulators’ expectations, thereby moving efficiently through the process and pushing policymakers to support cellular agriculture as one of the tools necessary to fight climate change and biodiversity loss,” Bosch underscored.
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