SINGAPORE — Umami Meats collaborates with Steakholder Foods to 3D print the world’s first cultivated fish fillet:
- Umami Meats technology platform powered production of cultivated cells from grouper, an IUCN-listed “Vulnerable” species that is culturally important in Asia and facing risk of extinction in the wild.
- Tasting event marks the first time a whole cultivated fish fillet has been showcased and is a significant milestone, demonstrating that cultivated products can achieve the flakiness, taste, and aroma desired by consumers.
- The fillet is ready to cook just after printing using Steakholder Foods’ technology, significantly increasing production speed and reducing costs compared to traditional 3D printing approaches.
Rehovot, Israel, April 24, 2023 — Umami Meats, a Singapore-headquartered TechBio company developing the operating system for producing cultivated seafood, announced that it has achieved a major milestone in its collaboration with Steakholder Foods by successfully producing the world’s first cultivated whole fillet of fish.
Umami Meats and Steakholder Foods Ltd. (Nasdaq: STKH), an international deep tech food company at the forefront of the cultivated meat industry, initiated their partnership in Q4 2022 to combine Umami Meats technology for producing cultivated fish with Steakholder Foods’ expertise in industrial 3D bioprinting. The collaboration, which is backed by a grant from the Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (SIIRD), aims to develop a scalable process for producing structured cultivated fish products using Umami Meats’ automated, modular production platform and Steakholder Foods' proprietary 3D bio-printing technology and customized bio-inks.
To celebrate this achievement, Steakholder Foods hosted Mihir Pershad (CEO of Umami Meats), Arik Kaufman (CEO of Steakholder Foods), Megumi Avigail Yoshitomi (Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture), and Adele Li (Chargée d’ Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Israel) at a tasting event in its Israel facilities. The tasting included a “grouper fish chef’s table,” with piscine delicacies prepared by Steakholder Foods’ chef, Moran Lidor, including Singaporean-style and Israeli-style signature fish dishes.
Umami Meats selected grouper as a first showcase species due to its cultural importance as a fish commonly served at weddings, banquets, and Lunar New Year gatherings in Asia. Several species of grouper are also listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), indicating a significant risk of extinction for the species in the wild and groupers have limited potential to be farm-raised on aquaculture operations. Cell cultivation presents a viable alternative supply to declining wild populations for this prized fish.
The companies are now working to optimize the nutritional profile to achieve the same amino acid, omega-3 fatty acid, and micronutrient profile that consumers expect from high quality fish products. Umami Meats and Steakholder Foods are also working to scale production, preparing for first regulatory submission, and are engaging with traditional food producers to develop Asia-focused applications for first market launch. Further commercial guidance will be shared in the coming months.
Arik Kaufman, CEO of Steakholder Foods: "We're excited to be working with Umami Meats to develop 3D-printed structured fish products that have the same great taste and texture as traditionally caught fish, without harming the environment. With an estimated size of $110 billion and projected growth of 3-4% annually in the near future, the seafood and fish market is a long-time part of our vision for introducing sustainable solutions that increase food security."
Mihir Pershad, CEO of Umami Meats: “We are delighted to have produced the world's first whole fillet cultivated fish in partnership with Steakholder Foods. In this first tasting, we showcased a cultivated product that flakes, tastes, and melts in your mouth exactly like excellent fish should. In the coming months, we intend to announce our plans for bringing this world-class cultivated fish to the market.
About Umami Meats
Umami Meats is a Singapore-headquartered TechBio company pioneering a modular, standardized, automated production platform for cultivating 'not caught' seafood. We are bringing novel stem cell biology, machine learning, and automation together to create the "Intel Inside" cultivated seafood production, empowering traditional seafood suppliers to produce a stable, resilient, local supply of culturally relevant seafood products free from mercury, antibiotics, microplastics, and ocean pollutants.
Umami Meats is dedicated to regenerating our oceans and our planet by enabling consumers to access delicious, affordable, nutritious seafood from culturally important, prized species while providing a sustainable alternative to overfishing of IUCN-listed endangered species.
For more information, please visit: https://www.umamimeats.com
About Steakholder Foods
Steakholder Foods Ltd., formerly MeaTech 3D Ltd., is an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultured meat revolution. The company-initiated activities in 2019 and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker “STKH” (formerly MITC), with headquarters in Rehovot, Israel.
The company is developing a slaughter-free solution for producing a variety of beef, and seafood products — both as raw materials and whole cuts — as an alternative to industrialized farming and fishing. With its membership in the UN Global Compact, Steakholder Foods is committed to act in support of issues embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include strengthening food security, decreasing carbon footprint, and conserving water and land resources.
For more information, please visit: https://steakholderfoods.com
The Singapore Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (SIIRD) is a cooperation between the Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and the Israel Innovation Authority to promote, facilitate and support joint industrial R&D collaboration between Singapore-based companies and Israel-based companies across different industries. SIIRD seeks to promote research and development in Singapore and Israel by helping Singapore-based and Israel-based companies with R&D Partner Search, and providing up to US $1M in funding for joint R&D projects or pilot projects between them.