Meat of the future: KFC and 3D bioprinting solutions to use a bioprinter to produce KFC nuggets

Fast food chain KFC has taken the next step in its innovative concept of creating a “restaurant of the future” by launching the development of 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 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 laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. They will be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, while being more environmentally friendly to produce than ordinary meat. Receiving a final product for testing is already planned for the hall of 2020 in Moscow.

Raisa Polyakova, general manager of KFC Russia and CIS, said: “We are closely monitoring all of the latest trends and innovations, and doing our best to keep up with the times by introducing advanced technologies to our restaurant networks. Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our ‘restaurant of the future’ concept.

“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.”

3D Bioprinting Solutions has developed 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 claimed. The fast food chain will also provide its partner with all the necessary ingredients, such as breading and spices, to achieve the signature KFC taste.

The bioprinting method has several advantages. Biomeat has 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. Cell-based meat products are also more ethical as the production process does not cause harm to animals. Along with that, KFC remains committed to continuous improvement in animal welfare from the farm and through all aspects of its supply chain, including raising, handling, transportation and processing.

Yusef Khesuani, co-founder and managing partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions, concluded: “3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognised in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat. In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible, and we are hoping 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.”