Chicken Nuggets out of the Laboratory
2020/09/10 — KFC, a global chicken restaurant brand, is launching the development of 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the Russian 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory. 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.
The project aims to create the world's first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. As 3D Bioprinting Solutions reports, the both taste and appearance will be as close as possible to the original KFC product, receiving a final product for testing is already planned for the fall of 2020 in Moscow.
chicken cells and plant material
3D Bioprinting Solutions is developing additive bioprinting technology using chicken cells and plant material, allowing it to reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals in the process. KFC will provide its partner with all of the necessary ingredients, such as breading and spices, to achieve the signature KFC taste.
The Russian laboratory confirms that the used 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.
»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.