Newform Foods partners with Project Assignments on new cell-based meat facility
Newform Foods has partnered with Project Assignments to develop a scalable demonstration facility for cell-based meat products.
Once complete, the facility – which will be based in Cape Town, South Africa – will be the largest of its kind in Africa.
The partnership merges Newform Foods’ technology with Project Assignments’ decades of engineering experience, with both parties hoping to ‘shape tomorrow’s food landscape’.
Both teams are currently collaborating on a design to introduce Newform Foods’ bioproduction platform to the global food industry.
This production model will empower food producers and retailers to expand their offerings by creating and launching cultivated animal products, without the burden of intensive R&D and associated costs.
Newform Foods aims to show food producers, retailers and business owners how to incorporate cell-based animal products into their existing production facilities. The company offers an end-to-end solution and will facilitate and curate a cell line of interest, develop a prototype and scale the process in partnership with Project Assignments.
Brett Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Newform Foods, said: “We want to create an end-to-end service from prototype to pilot and beyond, simplifying the journey from lab to market. We’re excited to be putting our plans into action, working with Project Assignments who are masters of their craft. This will be an amazing opportunity to show the world what our bioproduction platform can do at scale.”
John Clayton, managing director of Project Assignments, added: “Our team of chemical and mechanical engineers are passionate about taking designs from concept stage right up to commissioning and handover. We also provide the necessary training to ensure a successful integrated operation. The combination of experience gathered in both the food and the pharmaceutical fields, working on greenfield and brownfield sites, positions us well to insert Newform Foods’ process train into existing operations. Together we aim to increase customer offerings with a competitive edge in this exciting new market.”
Last month, Newform Foods announced it was partnering with French flavour and fragrance supplier Mane to improve the taste, texture and affordability of cell-based meat. The partnership leverages Mane’s experience in food and flavour to enhance the cultivated muscle and fat across species and products.