Nestlé’s alt-meat product sends signal to global food sector

Nestlé announced on 13 July that scientists at Nestlé Research in Lausanne were working with Future Meat Technologies, a leading cultured-meat start-up, to explore the potential of cultured-meat components that did not compromise on taste or sustainability.

GFI founder and president Bruce Friedrich said: “It appears Nestlé is positioning itself to be the first global food giant to market with a hybrid plant-based and cultivated meat product. Nestlé’s involvement at this level could be transformative for the cultivated meat industry and should significantly advance what needs to be a global norm: delivering more sustainable proteins to consumers around the world.​ 

“Nestlé is the world’s biggest food company, so this level of validation sends an unmistakable signal of the huge potential the company sees in the future of the cultivated meat industry. An investment like this from the global food leader could propel the industry forward and mainstream the idea of cultivating real animal meat from cells.


“Nestlé is one of the most well-known brands on the planet, so it is exciting to see the company reimagining meat. When Nestlé talks, the worldwide food industry listens. For Nestlé to see the potential of cultivating real animal meat directly from cells would be a game-changer for the industry.”

GFI’s Cultivated Meat​ State of the Industry report shows that 2020 was a record year for the sector, with 23 new cultivated meat companies launching, making a total of 76 companies globally now in existence – up 43% from 2019.