Wagyu to grow in lab
WAGYU meat grown in a lab is the latest development to hit the alternative meat market.
Silicon Valley food technology company, JUST, has joined forces with Japanese Wagyu producers, Toriyama, to create lab-grown Wagyu beef.
The partnership, which is the first of its kind (where a cattle producer has partnered with a lab-grown meat company), will mean cells from Toriyama Wagyu cattle will be used by scientists in the JUST lab to create cell cultured meat.
They plan to start with labgrown Wagyu ground beef, with the hope to one day develop higher-end steak cuts.
According to a statement Awano Food Group, an international supplier of meat and seafood, will then market and sell the meat, similar to how they already sell conventional Toriyama Wagyu.
Toriyama is a family-owned business and has been operating for more than 30 years.
Wataru Toriyama, owner of the Toriyama Ranch and vicepresident of the Toriyama Farming and Food Co, has reportedly said “the point is to deliver deliciousness to everyone”.
According to its website, JUST’s goal “is to feed sustainable protein to a growing global population”
“With plants providing nutrients for animal cells to grow, we believe we can produce meat and seafood that is over 10x more efficient than the world’s highest volume slaughterhouse.”