Hitachi Zosen slashes cell-based meat protein cost by 90%
Japanese engineering company Hitachi Zosen will start selling synthetic protein to cell-based meat producers as soon as 2025 using a process that reduces production costs by about 90%, Nikkei has reported.
The cell-based meat protein will be made using a method developed by Japanese start-up NUProtein.
Hitachi Zosen says it has streamlined a step in the production process to further drive down costs.
NUProtein combines mRNA from animal DNA with wheat germ to produce the protein. The wheat germ is mixed in a special solution to produce an extract with a precise blend of ingredients.
Hitachi Zosen has experience making machines capable of measuring and adding components in exact amounts for making drinks and seasoning. Leaning on that know-how, Hitachi Zosen mechanised the solution-making process for the wheat germ.
Hitachi Zosen aims to start selling its synthetic protein to cell-based meat producers in Singapore from April 2025, while the company is looking to launch similar businesses in the US and Japan.