Food giant Nestlé signs cultured meat exploration pact

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In Switzerland, leading food company Nestlé has announced a partnership with Israeli startup Future Meat to evaluate how cultured meat can be incorporated into Nestlé products. 

Nestlé says the investment complements its work in alternative proteins, like vegan meats and pea-based dairy milk. 

“We have been investing in our protein expertise and the development of proprietary technologies for plant-based meat alternatives,” says Reinhard Behringer, leader of Nestlé Research. “To complement these efforts, we’re also exploring technologies that could lead to animal-friendly alternatives that are nutritious, sustainable, and close to meat in terms of taste, flavor, and texture. We are excited to understand their potential.” 

Future Meat recently broke ground on a plant to make 5,000 cell-based burgers a day.