KFC to Begin Printing (Yes, Printing) Chicken Nuggets
On July 16, KFC announced its plans to begin testing chicken nuggets made with 3D bioprinting technology in Moscow, Russia, in the fall.
- Bioprinting uses 3D-printing techniques to combine biological material.
- The fast food giant partners with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to use bioprinting in order to create a lab-grown chicken nugget using chicken and plant cells. This endeavor reflects the first debut of a lab-grown chicken nugget at a global fast-food chain.
- The 3D-printed nuggets are expected to closely mimic the taste and appearance of KFC’s original chicken products.
- The development will reduce harm to the environment, as compared with the traditional nugget production process.
"Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our 'restaurant of the future' concept.” Raisa Polyakova, the CEO of KFC Russia and Commonwealth Independent States said.
- Yusef Khesuani, cofounder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions, hopes the KFC partnership would accelerate the rise and accessibility of cell-based meats.
- Lab-grown meat attracts significant research, and many investors hope the product will be on the market soon.