KFC’s 3D bioprinted chicken, flax-based trucks and motorcycles, spoiled milk converted to clothing, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 23rd

July 22, 2020 |

It’s a hungry week for renewable chemicals and materials at The Digest. From KFC’s 3D bioprinted chicken substitute to Beyond Meat’s expansion into Brazil, we can eat to our heart’s content while drinking up with Johnny Walker who is going green with paper packaging and saving that expired milk that an LA company is now converting into T-shirts and functional clothing.

In today’s Digest, fill your appetite on these innovations and others like a Swedish company’s flax-based electric delivery trucks, a Brooklyn, NY bike shop that launched an electric motorcycle with flaxseed panels, and more!

#1 KFC expects consumers to flock to chicken substitute

In Kentucky, fried chicken mainstay KFC is leaning into plant-based meat substitutes, signing a collaboration in 3D bioprinting and aggressively expanding its Beyond Fried Chicken product to larger markets.

TechCrunch notes that the company recently provided its closely guarded 11 herbs and spices to Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions to begin testing whether lab-cultured chicken cells can meet taste and texture standards. “3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat,” Yusef Khesuani, co-founder and managing partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions, tells the tech news outlet. “In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market.”

KFC is also working with Beyond Meat to expand pilots of the plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken from Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte to Southern California. Fifty stores in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas will begin selling the KFC meat substitute on July 20. The initial offering did well, selling out in Atlanta within 5 hours.

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