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Omeat Finishes Construction of 15,000-Square-Foot Pilot Plant

Nov. 9, 2023
Cultivated-meat company expects the new facility outside Los Angeles to help it scale up production and clear a path for regulatory review and approval of its products.

Cultivated-meat company Omeat, which launched earlier this year, has completed construction of its state-of-the-art pilot plant outside Los Angeles, according to a company release. The milestone represents a crucial step toward future production and commercialization of Omeat’s products.

The 15,000-square-foot facility can house bioreactors up to 10,000 liters in size and produce up to 400 tons of product annually, filling an important piece of Omeat’s vertically integrated puzzle. It will provide essential data and insights for scale up of production while ensuring Omeat’s quality, taste and safety standards. It is expected to help Omeat demonstrate its process at scale and clear a path for regulatory review and approval.

Jim Miller, Omeat chief technology officer said in the release: “Omeat’s process begins at our farm with the collection of plasma from Omeat’s herd of Holstein cows. The plasma is transported to the new pilot facility, where it’s used to derive Plenty, Omeat’s affordable and effective proprietary growth factor that replaces the need for Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). Inside Omeat’s bioreactors, Plenty and bovine cells are combined to produce Omeat ground beef.”

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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