Courtesy of Upside Foods

Upside Foods Selects NW Chicago Suburb for New Cultivated Meat Plant

Sept. 14, 2023
The Berkeley, Calif., company’s new 187,000-square-foot facility is expected to eventually produce more than 30 million pounds annually.

Upside Foods, a Berkeley, Calif.-based cultivated meat, poultry and seafood company, has selected Glenview, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, as the location for its first large-scale cultivated meat production plant. The facility will cover 187,000 square feet and produce ground cultivated chicken products when it initially begins operation.

Upside Foods said it has plans to expand to other species and whole-textured formats at the plant in the future, according to a release, potentially producing more than 30 million pounds per year of product. It will be designed to house cultivators with a capacity of up to 100,000 liters each and will be one of the world’s largest and most advanced commercial cultivated meat facilities, Upside said.

The move into Glenview coincides with Upside’s acquisition of Wisconsin-based cultivated seafood company Cultured Decadence. Upside is furthering its commitment in the region with a planned investment of more than $140 million and the creation of more than 75 new jobs. In addition, the announcement follows several milestones reached by the company, including the completion of its first U.S. consumer sale of cultivated meat, expansion of its product portfolio to include ground cultivated meat products and reaching a company valuation of more than $1 billion.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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