KFC crafts the ‘meat of the future’ with 3D-printed chicken nuggets

The 3D-printed food will have chicken cells and plant material ensuring it is as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original product

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KFC has announced it is testing an innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat.

The collaboration with a Russian 3D bioprinting laboratory will see the use of a bioprinter to create one of the most popular options of KFC‘s menu, chicken nuggets.

The 3D Bioprinting Solutions laboratory has been created for biotechnological research by the private medical company in Russia, INVITRO.

3D Bioprinting Solutions’s technology will use chicken cells and plant material, allowing it to reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals in the process and KFC will provide ingredients, including spices and crispy breading to achieve the signature taste.

Raisa Polyakova, General Manager of KFC Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States, said: “Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our “restaurant of the future” concept.

“Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world.”

The fast-food restaurant giant expects to receive a final product for testing this autumn in Moscow.

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