3D-printed steaks are now being served in restaurants across Europe

Frankly, we don’t talk enough about the versatility of 3D printers: they can produce mechanical parts, figurines, real estate developments, and…also…steak.

Yes, steak: Yesterday, Israeli startup Redefine Meat, which 3D prints plant-based steaks, expanded to Europe, with more than 30 restaurants in London, Berlin and Amsterdam. Fake steak is notoriously more difficult to produce than imitation ground beef or sausage, as it’s hard to nail down the texture.

  • Redefine Meat aims to be in “thousands” of restaurants across Europe by the end of next year, and possibly also sell to grocery stores. It has raised at least $35 million since its founding in 2018.
  • Another Israeli startup, Aleph Farms, is also focusing on 3D printing synthetic steaks, but using lab-grown meat. It has raised $131 million since its inception in 2017.

How it works: Redefine feeds an amalgam of soy and pea proteins, chickpeas, beets, coconut fat and nutritional yeast into its 3D printers, which use layering to replicate the fat and flesh of real meat. The 3D printer performs this layering according to the company’s proprietary software models of different cuts of steak.

Look forward: In 2019, the alternative meats industry already achieved $14 billion in sales worldwide, and Barclays estimated it could reach $140 billion by 2029. The success of companies seeking to recreate meats more textured ones, such as steak or fish fillets or pork chops, and so on – will play a key role if the market ends up growing as fast as expected.

Dino S. Williams