KFC and Russian biotech firm work together to print world’s first 3D nuggets

KFC and Russian biotech firm work together to print world’s first 3D nuggets
A KFC box. Image: Marufish under a CC license

20 July 2020

KFC is working with a Russian biotechnology lab to make the world’s first lab-produced chicken nuggets.

The chicken restaurant chain announced a partnership with the Moscow-based 3D Bioprinting Solutions to develop the technology necessary for producing meat using chicken cells and plant material.

The bioprinted nuggets are part of the chain’s “restaurant of the future” concept. KFC says that cell-based meat products would be more environmentally-friendly and cause less harm to animals.

“3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognised in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat,” Yusef Khesuani, co-founder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions said in the press statement.

KFC says the bioprinted nuggets will be available for testing in Moscow in autumn 2020.

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