KFC has chosen Russia to test the ” restaurant and meat of the future, ” and the company will offer the first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets there. To do this, the kings of fried chicken have partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to develop a bioprinting technology that “prints” chicken meat using chicken cells and plant material. Because of this, these printed nuggets will not be vegetarian.
As far as KFC is concerned, they will be responsible for supplying the bioprinting company with ingredients such as breading and spices ” to achieve the characteristic flavor of KFC ” and will seek to replicate the flavor and texture of genuine chicken.
The reason behind all this is that bioprinted nuggets would be more environmentally friendly than standard chicken meat, according to KFC, citing a study by the American Environmental Science and Technology Journal, which says growing meat from cells. It allows the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption compared to traditional cultivation methods. KFC says its bioprinted chicken nuggets will be available for final testing in Moscow this fall.
“3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are gaining popularity today in the production of foods such as meat,” said Yusef Khesuani, co-founder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions in a statement announcing the partnership with KFC.
“In the future, the rapid development of these technologies will allow us to make 3D printed meat products more accessible and we hope that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market. “