Believer Meats breaks ground on world’s largest cultivated meat production facility
By Food in Canada StaffBusiness Operations Specialty Foods Believer Meats Cultivate meat Editor pick North Carolina
Believer Meats breaks ground on its first U.S. commercial facility in Wilson, N.C. Once operational, the 200,000-sf facility will be the world’s largest cultivated meat production centre with the capacity to produce at least 10,000 metric tons of cultivated meat.
Believer is making an initial planned investment of $123.35 million in Wilson County, located approximately 40 miles east of Raleigh, N.C., and includes plans to create over 100 new jobs over the next three years. The facility will utilize proprietary, custom-made bioreactors that can achieve high cell densities and yield based on patented processes. The facility will also feature an R&D and innovation centre, a kitchen to host tastings, as well as offices and conference room spaces.
“We celebrate this milestone and are thrilled to see the North Carolina and Wilson County officials and community providing critically important support to scale cultivated meat production. These steps pave the way for cultivated meat to come to market in the U.S. at scale and helps ensure as many consumers as possible have access to these groundbreaking products,” said Liz Specht, PhD, vice-president of science and technology at the Good Food Institute.
“The future of food starts with what we do today, and we are on the path to creating the change we seek,” said Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, CEO of Believer Meats. “Through affordability, approachability, and availability, we want our products to become the meat of choice globally, and with the announcement of our new production facility, we are well on our way.”
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