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Israeli foodtech firm SavorEat on Tuesday launched a plant-based burger system personalized to each customer, one of the first companies to use 3D printing technology to cook food.
Typically, vegan burgers from companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) are frozen and later cooked on a grill.SavorEat’s technology, however, are made on site by a self-contained 3D printer with three cartridges containing oils and other ingredients. Customers can choose how much fat and protein they want in each burger, which takes about six minutes to cook.
“It’s a mix of innovation of meat alternative and digital manufacturing where we can also cook the product,” Racheli Vizman, SavorEat’s chief executiveShe explained that the company’s burgers are made with a combination of potato, chickpea, and pea protein.
Health and environmental conscious consumers have increased their demand for meat alternatives in recent years, with alternative protein startups raising more than $3 billion by 2020.
Israeli company, Redefine Meat, began deploying meatless whole cuts in European restaurants last month. SavorEat, which is primarily funded by Israeli institutions and whose Tel Aviv-listed shares rose 11% on Tuesday, announced that its products will initially be served at a local burger chain.
In addition, the company is collaborating with Israeli food service firm Yarzin Sela to supply Israeli high-tech companies, and it has a deal with Sodexo (PA: EXHO) to serve its vegan burgers at US universities.