Redefine Meat, a start-up company based in Rehovot, Israel has developed 3D printers that produce Alt-Steaks. These are meatless steaks that use plant-based ingredients, similar to products from companies such as Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.
According to sources, Alt-Steak is made out of soy and pea proteins, coconut fat and sunflower oil, as well as natural colouring and flavours. Working with leading butchers, chefs, food technologists and taste experts, Redefine Meat has designed the steaks to recreate the muscle structure of beef. The company claims that Alt-Steaks is high in protein and, importantly, has no cholesterol content.
“You need a 3D printer to mimic the structure of the muscle of the animal,” said company CEO Eshchar Ben-Shitrit to Reuters. The news agency’s report added that the Redefine Meat 3D printers will be able to print 20kg worth of faux steaks an hour and eventually hundreds, at a lower cost than real meat.
The company is expected to market Alt-Steak at high-end restaurants this year before rolling out its industrial-scale 3D printers to meat distributors in 2021. Redefine Meat is also planning to roll both products to European restaurants next year and at supermarkets later in 2022.