KFC To Trial 3D Bio-Printed Lab Grown Chicken Meat Nuggets In Russia

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Russian scientists and experts from fast food chain KFC plan to develop 3D-printed artificial chicken nuggets. The project is underway, with the final product expected to be ready for testing this fall. The effort is part of KFC’s concept of creating a “restaurant of the future,” which leverages state-of-the-art technology such as 3D bioprinting to overcome solutions in the food industry, including more eco-friendly alternatives to traditional meat.

“At KFC, we are closely monitoring all of the latest trends and innovations and doing our best to keep up with the times by introducing advanced technologies to our restaurant networks,” said Raisa Polyakova, general manager of KFC Russia & CIS. “Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our ‘restaurant of the future’ concept. Our experiment in testing 3D

bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world.”

Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions, well known for its bioprinting-in-space projects on the ISS, will leverage its technology to create lab-grown chicken meat. The process uses chicken cells and plant material to generate an edible product that closely replicates the taste and texture of chicken meat. KFC will be responsible for breading and spices.

KFC Russia is managed directly by Yum and has over 800 outlets across Russia and is seen as an ideal outlet to roll out 3D Bio-printed food products developed – and patented – by a Russian company. The role of Bio-printed food, which has been developed for years under laboratory conditions both on the ISS and Russian laboratories on the ground is poised to become a new phase in mass meat consumption as no animals are slaughtered, the processing environment is sanitized and the results can be mass produced with little energy, pollution or waste byproducts to deal with. Agriculture, along with pharmaceuticals, new medicines, and technologies such as 5G are becoming the forefront of the new, more technically able Russia that should start to see its economy take off in the second half of the 2020’s.

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