Mooji Meats Nets $3 Million for 3D-Printed Vegan Meat Acceleration

 

By Amy Buxton, Green Queen (Hong Kong)

May 6, 2022

 

Y Combinator alumnus Mooji Meats, which specialises in whole cut plant-based meats, has raised £3 million in a seed funding round. The Good Startup, Collaborative Fund, Lever VC and AgFunder all participated in the round.

 

Mooji says the funding will allow it to move away from the ground and sausage analogues common in the space. The company says that 70 percent of the conventional meat market orbits around whole cuts such as steak so animal-free alternatives in this format are key.

 

Recreating meaty cuts for plant-based brands

 

Moojiís says its plants to better equip its lab, increase its manpower and cover existing operational costs. From here, the startup plans to interrogate scaling opportunities that will see its multi-nozzle technology compete with traditional extrusion systems. Blending the innovation of 3D printing with the cost-effectiveness of conventional extrusion is a priority.

 

ďIf you go to food tech conferences, itís the number one topic everyone talks about. Itís really important to create real meat cuts for the industry,Ē Insa Mohr, CEO at Mooji Meats told Tech Crunch. ďOn the one hand, thereís 3D printing. They create really good, authentic mouthfeels, but itís just too expensive. On the other hand, thereís cheaper technologies such as traditional extrusion, electrospinning and so on, which is really cheap, affordable and scalable. However the textures donít score well when customers try it.Ē

 

Using foundation technology developed by Harvard, Mooji is improving the speed of production, cost and capacity to create a proprietary platform. Leveraging a new printing platform that allows hundreds of nozzles to print materials at the same time will, Mooji claims, be a gamechanger, as most existing variations use just one. The result is predicted to be realistic plant-based whole cuts that are produced with client price points firmly in mind. Mooji has already cited Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods as clients it would like to snare.

 

Vegan meat on the rise ...

 

Getting more 3D printed vegan meat to market ...

 

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