The world's first vegan 3-D printed steak will be available in Israeli restaurants later this year.
The 'Alt-Steak', which was created by Rehovot-based Redefine Meat, is said to replicate the flavor, texture, and look of traditional animal meat. Patent-pending 3D printing technology is used to print the steak in layers.
According to Redefine Meat, it worked with leading chefs, food technologists and butchers to create the product, which is made from soy proteins, pea proteins, coconut fat, and sunflower oil, plus natural colors and flavors.
Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO and co-founder of Redefine Meat, told The Media Line: "This is the world’s first 3D-printed steak that can really pass the test of what is a steak.
"We’ve reached a milestone because we can print steaks on a large scale and the taste and texture are amazing. To make a meatless steak that resembles the muscle of an animal requires the use of a special 3D printer. Until now, nobody had this kind of printer and we developed it in the past two years."
He added that the steak will be in restaurants in Israel this year, in restaurants in Europe early next year, and in supermarkets in 2022, costing about the same as its animal-based counterpart.