Fast food chain KFC is testing a method of 3D printing chicken nuggets as part of its partnership with a Russian biotech research firm.
This comes as part of the chain’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint, alongside finding both safe and tasty alternatives to meat.
Laboratory-produced chicken nuggets
The new project aims to create nuggets that are as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, alongside being more environmentally friendly to produce than ordinary meat.
An official press release on the KFC global website explains that the company is “launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory.”
3D Bioprinting Solutions is the research laboratory that KFC has partnered with for this new initiative, which will help by providing the needed ingredients, including breads, herbs and spices.
The nuggets will be tested across various stages, and will only be made publicly available once testers are satisfied.
“The idea of crafting the ‘meat of the future’ arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production,” said KFC.
“The project aims to create the world's first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets.”
KFC plans to have a final product for testing by autumn 2020 in Moscow, Russia.
Saving the world, one chicken nugget at a time
Raisa Polyakova, General Manager of KFC Russia & CIS, said, “At KFC, we are closely monitoring all of the latest trends and innovations and doing our best to keep up with the times by introducing advanced technologies to our restaurant networks.”
“Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world."