Steakholder Foods, an Israeli startup, has achieved a remarkable feat in the food industry by using a 3D printer to create cultivated fish fillets. Collaborating with Umami Meats in Singapore, they have successfully produced fillets that closely resemble real grouper. By growing seafood and meat in labs using stem cells, this emerging industry aims to match the flavor of conventional meat while addressing concerns about animal welfare and environmental impact. Steakholder Foods has developed a process where cells differentiate into muscle or fat cells, which are then transformed into bio-inks and loaded into the 3D printer’s cartridges. This allows for customizable meat products to be created. The company is optimistic that further advancements in the next decade will replicate the taste and texture of real.

Israel is widely recognized as a leader in the alternative meat industry. With nearly 90% of the global marine fish population being overfished or depleted and livestock farming contributing significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, cultivated meat and seafood provide a sustainable solution. Consumer acceptance may present a challenge, but experts suggest that enhancing taste, improving nutrition, and extending shelf life, along with combining cultivated meat with plant-based or traditional options, could boost their appeal. This growing industry has the potential to democratize access to meat and seafood, ensuring greater availability worldwide.