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World’s first 3D-printed ‘steak’ unveiled

Redefine Meat has unveiled the world’s first Alt-SteakTM plant-based products.

The company uses plant-based ingredients and technology as opposed to animals. 

Created using Redefine Meat’s patent-pending 3D meat printing technology, the company claims its Alt-Steak products have the texture, flavor and appearance of beef steak and can be produced in the volume and cost to enable large-scale market launch.

Working with leading butchers, chefs, food technologists and the close collaboration of taste expert, Givaudan, Redefine Meat has digitally mapped more than 70 sensorial parameters into its Alt-Steak products.

Layer by layer, the company’s proprietary industrial-scale 3D food printers create the Alt-Steak products using Redefine Meat’s Alt-Muscle, Alt-Fat, and Alt-Blood plant-based formulations.

By printing with multiple materials, Redefine Meat said it can create “sustainable, high-protein, no-cholesterol steaks that look, cook, and taste like beef”. 

“Since day one of the company, we have been working on creating a tasty and affordable plant-based alternative to steaks, one of the most cherished food products and the driver of the entire meat industry,” says Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO and co-founder of Redefine Meat.

“To enable mass adoption, we knew that creating an alternative meat product that was both high in quality and nutritional composition would require new technologies and production processes never seen before in the food industry.”

Start of a new era 

“Today’s announcement marks the start of a new era in alternative meat – the Alt-Steak era – driven by production processes that will accelerate the development of a wide range of alt-meat whole muscle products and create a sustainable alternative to raising and eating animals.”

Ben-Shitrit stressed the importance of using precision 3D printing technology to achieve texture, colour and flavour— and the combinations between them — cannot be overstated.

“By using separate formulations for muscle, fat and blood, we can focus on each individual aspect of creating the perfect Alt-Steak product.”

“This is unique to our 3D printing technology and lets us achieve unprecedented control of what happens inside the matrix of alt-meat.”

Redefine Meat’s Alt-Steak products will be put to the test at a limited number of leading chef restaurants later this year.

Incorporating feedback from high-level chefs and butchers, the company will then ramp up production of its 3D meat printers and alt-meat formulations ahead of market distribution in 2021.

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