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Malaysia-Singapore Mega-Cultivated Meat Factory Poses Challenge to Traditional Meat Exporters

In a move further defining the global food industry, Malaysia’s Cell AgriTech and Singapore’s UMAMI Bioworks have announced the construction of a mega-cultivated meat and seafood factory in Kedah, Malaysia.

This announcement was a highlight of a GFI-APAC moderated session “Complementary Proteins: Accelerating Climate-Resilient Foods Through Regional Collaboration” at COP28.

Scheduled to open in phases starting in the first quarter of 2025, the facility will sprawl across 96,000 square feet or nearly 9000 m3 and will boast an impressive annual output capability of more than 3,000 tons of grown meat.

Designed to house up to five full-scale production lines upon completion, the factory represents not just an advancement in food technology but also in sustainable practices, with partial solar energy powering the operations.

This move is seen as a direct response to the increasing challenges faced by traditional meat exporting nations like New Zealand and Australia. As cultivated meat technology gains traction, it could significantly impact these nations’ economies, which heavily rely on traditional livestock farming and meat exports.

This facility not only represents a leap in Southeast Asia’s journey towards sustainable food solutions but also sets a precedent for international collaboration in this arena. As the global community grapples with the environmental impact of traditional meat production, this initiative in Malaysia showcases how leveraging regional strengths and collaborative efforts can lead to innovative solutions.

An Ai Pictorial depiction of the interior of a cultivated meat factory

Source: PFN - An Ai Pictorial depiction of the interior of a cultivated meat factory. Copyright

As the world looks to more sustainable and environmentally friendly food sources, this venture between Malaysia and Singapore could very well be the blueprint for the future of food production, challenging and reshaping the dynamics of traditional meat-exporting countries and their reliance on animal agriculture.

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