JBS S.A., the largest meat-processing company in the world based in Brazil, has announced its plans to build the world's largest plant for cell-cultured meat in San Sebastian, Spain.
The construction of the factory will be carried out by Bio Tech Foods, a subsidiary of JBS, which has received support from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade to research and cultivate cell lines for production, as reported by the Northern Ag Network.
In a press release, JBS stated, "The project led by Bio Tech Foods, called 'Investigation on cell lines, cultured media, and biomaterials for the proper bioprocessing to enable the production of cultivated meat (investMEAT),' will establish a highly efficient cultivated meat production line that addresses the scalability challenges associated with current technology."
During the annual meeting of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association last week, the news about the factory broke. According to Reuters, the facility will have the capacity to produce over 1,000 metric tons of cultivated beef per year, and JBS stated that it could potentially expand the capacity to 4,000 metric tons per year in the medium term.
Eduardo Noronha, the head of value-added business at JBS USA, expressed that the new Bio Tech plant positions JBS in a unique position to lead the growing lab-grown meat industry worldwide and capitalize on this wave of innovation. Bio Tech Foods' co-founder and CEO, Iñigo Charola, added that cultivated protein has the potential to stabilize food security and global protein production in light of the challenges faced by global supply chains.
Given JBS's ownership of a significant portion of the U.S. meat-processing industry, it is likely that some of this lab-grown meat will find its way from Spain to the United States and other countries.
The massive plant in Spain is scheduled to begin operations in mid-2024.
It is important to note that the rapid growth of cultured fake meat by these innovators is facilitated by utilizing the replicating ability of animal cancer cells.