The structure is formed from several layers, to give a flaky texture with loose bonding between adjacent layers, according to the Israeli startup. This creates the unique structure of the fish. The new approach, with the company’s 3D printing technology, will allow the production of a wide variety of seafood, species and cuts.
Steakholder Foods, formerly called MeaTech 3D, has facilities in Rehovot, Israel and Antwerp, Belgium and has recently expanded activities to the US. The company believes that cultivated fish has the potential to help reduce anticipated supply-side shortages due to climate change, overfishing and ever-increasing consumer demand. It also aims to make a valuable contribution to preserving marine ecosystems and wildlife by addressing the environmental challenges surrounding the aquaculture and fishing industries.
Arik Kaufman, CEO of Steakholder Foods, said in a press release: “The filing of this provisional patent application is another significant step forward in our ability to 3D print a wide variety of species. We are passionate and committed to using our technological versatility to make both the terrestrial and marine animal protein industries more sustainable.”