Cultured meat leader Meatable announces partnership with world’s only licensed manufacturer ESCO Aster to become Singapore’s first cultured pork producer

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  • Industry-leading food company Meatable announces its first international expansion to Singapore in partnership with industry-leading contract manufacturer ESCO Aster
  • The partnership will allow Meatable to produce cultured pork, including meatballs, sausages and other products for customers – a first for the Southeast Asian country
  • Tremendous steps have been taken to create cultured pork that has the same structure, texture, juiciness and strong pork flavor that customers know and love.
  • Meatable aims to meet the demand for meat that does not harm the planet, animals or humans

October 10, Singapore: Meatable, the innovative Dutch food-tech company on a mission to deliver cultured meat at scale, is partnering with ESCO Aster, the first and only manufacturer of commercially-licensed cultured meat, in its first international expansion in Singapore. The partnership will see the two companies collaborate to produce cultured pork, with the aim of having products ready to launch in select restaurants in 2024. This marks the next step in Meatable’s mission to create meat that serves the world. growing appetite of the planet without harming people, animals. , or the environment.

Meatable was founded in the Netherlands in 2018 with the goal of producing cultured meat that looks, tastes and has the nutritional profile of traditional meat, to meet the planet’s growing appetite for meat without harming to people, animals or the environment. The company is currently focused on developing cultured pork, including sausages and meatballs, to make cultured meat more accessible to the general public.

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Meatable’s first international expansion

Meatable is partnering with ESCO Aster in Singapore to bring its first products to market, most likely starting with cultured pork dumplings and sausages. Meatable chose the Southeast Asian country for its first international expansion because it is a leading food and agritech hub. Singapore was the first country to approve cultured meat in 2020 with the ESCO Aster factory, as part of its 30 by 30 strategy. Singapore aims to build capacity and capacity in its agribusiness industry by producing 30% of its needs locally and sustainably by 2030. Currently, the country imports 90% of its food, with each citizen consuming an average of 62 kg of meat per person annually. In 2020 alone, over 123,000 metric tonnes of pork was consumed in Singapore.

ESCO Aster was founded in Singapore in 2017 and is currently the first and only production facility in the world to gain regulatory approval to produce cultured meat products in Singapore. Its first-class cultured meat production facility, combined with leading scientists and food safety specialists, helps accelerate proof of concept to market.

Together, the two companies will produce small-scale farmed pork by 2024 for restaurants with the aim of having products on sale in supermarkets by 2025, with ESCO Aster allowing Meatable to develop, bring to market scale and produce its first consumer products. It helps that both companies are aligned on the mission to positively impact the global meat industry, starting in Singapore, but with plans to expand across the world as the legislation for this nascent sector is developing.

The World’s First Cultured Pork Meatballs

To cater to the Singaporean consumer, Meatable is working on the development of several pork products, including cultured pork dumplings, a world first for the cultured meat industry. The global market for dumplings is poised to grow by $4.01 billion between 2021 and 2025. To meet this demand, Meatable is working closely with Singaporean chefs to develop bespoke pork that tastes great, specifically for the Asian market. The team has made tremendous strides over the past few months to create cultured meat products that have the same structure, texture, juiciness and bold pork flavor that customers know and love.

The goal is for Meatable’s meatballs and other cultured pork products, including sausages and ground meat, to be the perfect choice for local partners in Singapore and the wider Asian market looking to diversify their consumer offerings with tasty, healthy and farmed meat that is produced locally while remaining true to local cuisine.

Create Meat Without Harm

Meatable’s proprietary opti-ox™ technology will revolutionize the way cultured meat is produced in what is expected to become a $25 billion industry by 2030. The company only needs one cell sample , safely taken from an animal, to replicate the natural growth of muscle and fat to create real meat, in what Meatable considers the fastest process on the ground, to grow the pork needed for its sausages and meatballs . Meatable’s technology allows it to create cultured meat without the need for FBS (fetal bovine serum), while using only a fraction of the resources, from energy to water.

In the meantime, Meatable will work closely with Singaporean food regulators to ensure its pork balls meet regulatory requirements as it prepares for production. Additionally, the expanded team will continue to develop and optimize its dumplings and sausages to ensure the end products deliver the great tastes and characteristics of traditional meat and satisfy the growing global demand for harmless meat.

Krijn de Nood, co-founder and CEO of Meatable, said: “At Meatable, we firmly believe that cultured meat is the future of food, in order to produce meat in a sustainable and as local way as possible. To do this, it is imperative that we provide a wide variety of products to suit all cuisines, worldwide. Given Singapore’s status as a pioneer in cultured meat, we are delighted to partner with ESCO Aster to begin production of our cultured pork products with the aim of launching them in restaurants in 2024. Our team is working in close collaboration with the country’s butchers and chefs. to develop the perfect Cultured Pork Meatballs and it was amazing to taste the meatballs recently and know that we have created something indistinguishable from traditional meat – because it is real meat. In addition to our sausages, we’ve made great strides in recent months to create products that will satisfy the appetites of the world without harming the planet or animals.

Xiangliang Lin, CEO of ESCO Aster, said: “Meatable has become one of the world’s leading companies in the development of cultured meat. We are delighted to partner with them to facilitate their launch in Singapore and enable the company to begin producing cultured pork for customers. With our scientific expertise, operational know-how and enabling technologies, we are confident that we can help companies achieve their goals and take the next step in producing cultured meat with market approval at large scale. We are excited about the potential for cultured meat to transform the way we feed the world and are looking to expand our facilities inside and outside Singapore to enable more companies like Meatable through this space .

Hans Huistra, COO of Meatable, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with ESCO Aster and Singaporean regulators as we prepare to launch our first products for restaurant launch in 2024. Over the past four years, we have constantly innovated and developed our technology to bring it to the stage where we can perfectly recreate some of the meat products we all know and love. ESCO Aster will allow us to develop, scale and realize our first consumer products. Together, we will have a positive impact on the Singaporean meat industry.

About Meatable:

Meatable is an innovative Dutch food company, which aims to deliver, at scale, new natural and cultured meat that looks, tastes and has the nutritional profile of traditional meat. Its proprietary opti-ox™ technology enables Meatable to produce meat quickly, sustainably and without harming animals. Founded in 2018 by Krijn de Nood (CEO), Daan Luining (CTO) and Dr Mark Kotter (main inventor of the opti-ox technology), Meatable has assembled a team of experts with unique knowledge in fields such as biology molecular, chemistry, tissue engineering, bioprocess development, food safety and food science to create the new natural meat. Follow Meatable: LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram, Facebook.

About ESCO Aster:

ESCO Aster is a local company rooted in Singapore and currently, the first and only production facility in the world to gain regulatory approval from a government body and is internationally recognized ISO 22000 certified to produce meat products grown for commercial manufacture and sale in Singapore. . ESCO Aster, using its AsterMavors® manufacturing platform and linearly scalable bioreactor farms, aims to produce proteins that are mass-market friendly, environmentally sustainable, and tasty across ages and culture groups, all without harming the ‘animal. In line with their vision to become more self-sufficient and produce 30% of national food locally, ESCO Aster is preparing for further expansion to provide regulatory-approved manufacturing platforms worldwide as well as market access. through our ASEAN channels and partners.

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