The Food Replicator from Star Trek is a bit closer to reality as Israeli food tech firm SavorEat launched a plant-based burger system personalized to each customer, one of the first companies to use 3D printing technology to cook food.
“It’s a mix of innovation of meat alternative and digital manufacturing where we can also cook the product. The firm’s burgers are made with a combination of potato and chickpea and pea protein.”– Racheli Vizman, SavorEat’s Chief Executive
Health and environmentally conscious consumers have increased their demand for meat alternatives in recent years, with alternative protein startups raising more than $3 billion by 2020.
SavorEat, which is primarily funded by Israeli institutions and whose Tel Aviv-listed shares rose 11% on Tuesday, announced that its products will initially be served at a local burger chain.
In addition, the company is collaborating with Israeli food service firm Yarzin Sela to supply Israeli high-tech companies, and it has a deal with Sodexo to serve its vegan 3D-printed burgers at US universities.
“There is a growing segment of people called ‘flexiterian’ — people that are actively trying to look for meat alternatives to reduce their meat consumption.”