Investing in lab-grown meat has become a hot topic for anyone keeping an eye on the future. With the climate crisis looming, lab-grown meat has the potential to change the world. Currently, production prices are still too high for retail. But with some big-name investors giving a helping hand, the ultimate goal of becoming an everyday meat alternative is getting closer and closer.
Are there Lab-Grown Meat Companies to invest in?
There are currently no pure-play lab-grown meat, publicly traded companies. However, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the cultured meat industry through private equity investments. These companies are backed with significant confidence and will likely rocket in value as soon as the lab-grown meat industry hits the shelves.
So, where do you grab your slice of the lab-grown meat pie? The answer is direct investment, keeping your eye on progress or buying stocks in the companies supporting the smaller start-ups.
For example, Tyson Foods (the meat production giants) announced a massive investment in Future Technologies (cultured meat producers). Tyson is likely, therefore, to be at the forefront of the cultured meat industry as it progresses. Tyson is listed on the NYSE.
There is also the possibility that private cultured meat companies could go IP at some point in the future, following on from Beyond Meat’s route in 2019.
In many industries, a fortune or high profile is required to be a private equity investor. However, in emerging technologies, companies often welcome investments and investors of all types. Investors can also opt-in to invest in a portfolio of cultured meat companies via venture capital funds. - Private Equity Investments in Cultured Meat Companies
Lab-Grown Meat Companies Investors Should Keep an Eye On
Mosa Meat created the very first lab-grown burger back in 2013 and has since been very open to investments. Their ongoing progress has raised over $9 million, as they look to launch lab-grown meat for retail in 2021.
Investing and partnering with Mosa Meat can be initiated directly through their company website. Mosa Meat outlines investments into two types:
- Investments over €10,000
- Investments below €10,000
Memphis Meats stated that it brought in $161 million in new investment in early 2020. Their impressive list of private investors includes Tyson Foods, Bill Gates and Richard Branson. Memphis Meats is a good bet for being an ongoing leader in cultured meat.
Memphis Meats has also made and taste-tested fried chicken, beef meatballs and duck cultured meat. Their goal is to have lab-grown meat ready for 2021.
Future Meat Technologies
Like Memphis Meats, Future Meat Technologies has received considerable backing from Tyson Foods. They were able to raise $14 million in Series A funding. Future Meat claims their manufacturing process has been shortened to just two weeks. However, the clearest sign of their progress is their confidence in getting lab-grown meat costs down to $10 per pound by 2022.
Dutch start-up Meatable was founded in 2018 and has since caught investors’ attention, raising over $3.5 million. Meatable uses stem cells collected from umbilical cords for cultured mince beef. This process allows them to grow cells without using a foetal bovine serum.
Finless Foods produces real fish meat from stem cells in an attempt to clean up the ocean. Finless Foods is one of the most promising cultured meat companies focusing on seafood. Their impressive work led to a $3.5 million investment from Draper Associates.
Wild Type have received significant $12.5 million funding on their road to creating sustainable, clean salmon for the public. They made the first-ever cultured salmon meat.
Japanese based Integriculture is very interesting as they have multiple cultured meat projects in the works. Having made the very first lab-grown foie gras back in 2017, they’ve since worked to lower the prices drastically, using FBS (fetal bovine serum) in their unique “CulNet System.”
Those looking to invest in lab-grown meat companies should also keep an eye on Integriculture’s ‘SpaceSalt’ project. SpaceSalt is a product that will hopefully allow the public to grow their own meat at home.
Integriculture has plans to launch their lab-grown foie gras for retail in 2023 and restaurants in 2021.
Pets provide the opportunity for an extra market for cultured meat, and that’s exactly what Because Animals are focusing on. The Delaware based company created the first-ever cultured meat pet food, using a growth serum that avoids FBS and unfermented products. They plant to release their lab-grown meat for pets in 2021.
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Tyson Foods isn’t a lab-grown meat company, but it has heavily invested in companies such as Future Meat Technologies. Having spent millions in the cultured meat industry, it’s clear they will be in a prime position to benefit once the industry takes off. As a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, Tyson provides a potential route to investing in lab-grown meat companies.
Like Tyson, Neto is not a cultured meat company. But they have placed investments in lab-grown companies, including Future Meat Technologies. Investors should consider adding a stake from companies such as Tyson and Neto to their portfolios, to gain exposure that provides benefits for the future of cultured meat.
Cultured Meat Investment in The Future
As lab-grown meat continues to progress, billions of dollars are likely to flow through the industry. Massive investment opportunities will arise. Anyone who wants to invest in a lab-grown meat company should get involved at this early stage, to make very attractive returns in the future.
Investors should not lose hope at this early stage, as often investment management firms take years to arrange mutual funds, ETFs and other tools to allow for investments in a developing segment. Though the current options are limited, there is a feeling that this is an industry ready to explode.