KFC is in development process of creating world’s first 3D printed eatable Chicken nuggets. This laboratory produced meal is part of their recently announced “Restaurant of the Future” concept. To make this concept possible, the worldwide famous restaurant chain is working with a Russian company. The Russian company provides 3D Bioprinting solutions.
THE INGREDIENTS USED IN THE PROCESS
So in case of Chicken nuggets, we all know what is the main ingredient. The 3D bioprinting machine will use chicken and plant based material. The chicken meat will be produced with the cells.
KFC will provide their top secret ingredients to the Bioprinting firm on some conditions probably. As their recipe is in the most secure vault in the world.
The ingredients like the breading and spices will be provided to them. To achieve that “Finger lickin Good” taste. They will replicate the whole texture and taste of the genuine nugget to the whole extent.
KFC FOR VEGANS?
The process for producing those 3D bioprinted chicken nuggets uses animal material. And it’s obvious to use animal product to meet their signature taste standards. But for some vegans out here, KFC offers vegetarian meals in some of its restaurants.
Last year KFC became the first US fast food chain to use plant based chicken meat product in its typical menu. KFC is also planning to roll out this type of vegan meal and it will available in more restaurants than it is now.
BENEFITS OF 3D BIOPRINTED FOOD
KFC says that 3D bioprinted food is more environmentally friendly to produce. Unlike the standard chicken meat, growing meat from cells is more beneficial. The greenhouse gas emissions are way much less and less energy is consumed while preparing 3D printed consumables.
“3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat.” says Yusef Khesuani, the co founder of 3D bioprinting solutions while he announced their partnership with KFC.
“In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market.” He further added.
IS THE PROCESS TOO SLOW?
Although 3D bioprinting is a revolutionary invention. Yet the process is still very slow and laborious. There are some promising results in the field of medicine. Researchers from University of California at berkely are working on recreating the human organs with the help of bioprinting.
They have devoted quite a number of years in this process. But last year they noted that the biological materials tend to deteriorate before the 3D printing is even complete.
They used a new method of freezing the completed organs while the printing is producing the remaining portion. Scientists believe it will take a while to increase the speed of the bioprinting and imply these 3D printed functioning organs to the transplant patients.
KFC says the 3D printed Chicken nuggets will be available for final testing in Moscow this fall. However KFC didn’t release the full details of the process of this whole final testing. The process should differ in this Russian 3D bioprinting facility. As there are not really successful efforts the world has made.
But KFC said “there are no other methods available on the market that could allow the creation of such complex products from animal cells.” And there is not confirmed whether the 3D bioprinted nuggets will be available for the people to test or not.