KFC has been experimenting with food innovation process for a while now, including the introduction of plantchicken nuggets last year. But a new effort in Russia might just be the Louisville-based company’s most ambitious project yet.
KFC is launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in partnership with 3D Bioprinting Solutions research labs based in Moscow, Russia. Mmm 3D Printed Chicken.
The project aims to create the world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets, using chicken cells and plant material. According to a release on KFC’s website, the idea of crafting the “meat of the future” arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production. Can we get these 3D Printed to look like someone we know?
“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 said Raisa Polyakova, general manager of KFC Russia & CIS, in the release. “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.
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