Qatar to approve sale of cultured chicken
Eat Just Inc. is about to build a cultured meat factory in Qatar.
The San Franciscan start-up partnered with state-backed Doha Venture Capital (DVC) and the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) to build the new facility.
Eat Just, best known for its vegan egg products, says Qatar could be the second country to approve the sale of its brand of cutting-edge cultured chicken GOOD Meat.
The plant will be the first cultured meat production facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and also marks DVC’s first investment in alternative proteins. The sprawling project could cost over $ 200 million and take more than two years.
“The Qatar-led MENA region is seeing how good leadership in food innovation is for the health of its citizens and the planet we all share. We are deeply grateful to partner with them, ”said Josh Tetrick, Founder and CEO of Eat Just.
“Eat Just is a very innovative company with a bright future,” adds Mohammed Al Abdulla, CEO of DVC. “This partnership is a great example of our commitment to supporting high growth disruptors as they develop technologies that will change the world. “
Cultivated meat arrives in Qatar
The QFZA and the Ministry of Public Health say they intend to grant regulatory approval to GOOD Meat in the near future and have already granted an export license for its farmed chicken product, indicating a even more planned future growth.
The new plant will be located in the Umm Alhoul free zone, and there are also plans to add a plant protein processing facility for the production of Just Egg products. Additionally, the GOOD Meat team is currently working to identify potential catering partners in and around Qatar.
“Our free zones are characterized by innovation, technology, accelerated growth and environmental awareness, and Eat Just is a natural partner in these four areas,” said Lim Meng Hui, CEO of QFZA. “We look forward to working with Eat Just as they establish and grow in the region and around the world. “
The future of protein
Cultured meat (also known as clean, cell-based, or lab-grown) is authentic in every sense of the word, but produced in a lab, like the new facility in Qatar, rather than on a farm. It is slaughter free, although it still requires animal muscle cells to begin the production process.
Singapore became the first country in the world to approve its sale in 2020, and since then Eat Just cultured chicken has been launched in restaurants and for home delivery. The company is also currently in talks with US regulators regarding US market approval.
Large existing companies such as Nestlé are also entering the cultured meat business, while venture capitalists anticipate continued growth in alternative proteins in general. According to Markets and markets, the cell-based meat industry could be worth $ 20 million by 2027.
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