JBS, the Brazilian meat firm, has started construction of what it claims is the first research & development centre in Brazil for cultivated protein.
Located in Florianopolis, in the state of Santa Catarina, the new facility is planned to be built in three phases via an estimated investment of $62 million, with the aim of making the production of cell-cultured meat more affordable, efficient, and scalable. The hub will be home to a scientific team of 25 specialist post-doctoral researchers.
Commenting on the move, Jerson Nascimento Jr, JBS global supply and innovation director, said: “The JBS Biotech Innovation Center reinforces our commitment to the cultivated protein sector, consolidates our position as one of the main players in this very promising market, and reinforces our commitment to offering innovative, high-quality products to our consumers”.
JBS will seek to develop cultivated protein in the form of burgers, sausages, and meatballs that matches the quality, safety, flavour, and texture of meat. The centre is planned to open in the fourth quarter of 2024.