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Steakholder Foods and ITRI Partner to Bring 3D-Printed Plant-Based Meats to Taiwan

Courtesy: Steakholder Foods
Courtesy: Steakholder Foods

Steakholder Foods and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan partnered to develop and commercialize a range of products utilizing Steakholder Foods’ 3D printing technology and plant-based premixes specifically tailored to Taiwanese cuisine. This collaboration aims to innovate the food landscape in Taiwan by introducing sustainable and locally-produced plant-based meat alternatives.

Last month, Steakholder Foods launched their ready blends, branded as SHMeat and SHFish, on the US market. These products consist of blended dried extracts of ingredients that can be mixed to create 3D-printed plant-based beef steak and white fish products. The success of these products in the US has set the stage for their expansion into Taiwan, leveraging the expertise of ITRI.

The new agreement between Steakholder Foods and ITRI focuses on reducing Taiwan’s reliance on traditional animal meat by developing commercial plant-based meat alternatives. By utilizing Steakholder Foods’ advanced 3D printing technology, this partnership will enable Taiwan to produce its own sustainable meat alternatives, fostering greater food diversity and enhancing food security in the region.

To accelerate growth in Taiwan, the partnership will prioritize the commercialization of Steakholder Foods’ products through collaborations with leading Taiwanese food companies. A key component of this strategy is the sale of Steakholder Foods’ 3D printer and premium ingredients, which will boost local production capabilities for plant-based meat alternatives.

Arik Kaufman, CEO of Steakholder Foods, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership: “This partnership with ITRI is a significant step forward in our endeavor to create sustainable, innovative food solutions. By combining our advanced 3D printing technology with ITRI’s extensive research capabilities, we are now able to offer a range of delicious plant-based foods that will help to significantly reduce the environmental footprint in Taiwan.”

Shih-Chi Lee, Deputy Director General of ITRI Central Region Campus, highlighted the potential impact of this collaboration: “The collaboration with Steakholder Foods allows us to push the boundaries of food technology and sustainability in completely new ways. Our collaboration will pave the way for exciting advancements in the Taiwanese food industry, expand our portfolio to include new food products and categories, and ultimately help improve food security and create a healthier planet.”

This partnership not only represents a significant advancement in food technology and sustainability but also aims to transform the Taiwanese food industry by providing innovative, plant-based alternatives that align with the global shift towards more sustainable food sources.


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