CULT Food Science Corp., a pioneer in the investment, development and commercialization of cellular agriculture technologies and products, has partnered with Korean pet foods startup Everything But to supply cell-cultivated chicken for the company’s stable of sustainable pet food brands.
In collaboration with Everything But, the company will be including cell-cultivated chicken in its dog and cat foods brands, which currently include Noochies! Cultivated Pet Food, Marina Cat and Indiana Pet Foods.
Cell-cultivated chicken was recently approved for sale in the United States for human consumption. The regulatory pathway in pet food requires approval from the Center for Veterinary Medicine, a branch of the US Food and Drug Administration. Chicken is the leading animal protein consumed by cats and dogs in the United States.
Intensive poultry farming has a significant environmental footprint and potentially severe impacts on human health. Factory farmed chicken manure has been shown to contaminate air, land and soil in areas surrounding factories, including chemical/microbiological contamination of drinking water sources and oceans. Antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance from widespread chicken consumption is a serious and growing concern for the human health system.
Cell-cultivated chicken ingredients are produced by taking a sample from a live chicken and then growing and scaling the cells in large bioreactors. This innovative process allows for the creation of chicken-based pet food products such as treats, foods, supplements and toppers, without the need for high-impact chicken farming.
The company’s cell-cultivated chicken products are expected to be among the world’s first cell-cultivated chicken pet products brought to market. The availability of the Company’s cell-cultivated chicken pet products will be announced in the near future.
Everything But is a venture-backed pet food company based in Seoul, Korea. It is the first-ever Asian cell-based pet food company, founded by veterinarians and scientists.
“Our collaboration with Everything But is illustrative of our commitment to shaping the future of food at a truly global scale. These ingredients will allow us to reach even more customers with innovative products,” said Lejjy Gafour, CEO of CULT.
“Chicken is the most sought-after farmed animal meat in pet food, globally. By bringing cell-cultivated chicken-based pet products to the United States, we are able to fill existing market demand but at the same time create a whole new category of sustainable pet products,” said Joshua Errett, VP Product Development at CULT.
“Our partnership with CULT transcends a mere business collaboration. Both Everything But and CULT share a profound vision for the well-being of our pets, the preservation of our environment and a future where innovation seamlessly aligns with compassion,” said Yoonchan Hwang, Founder of Everything But.
CULT Food Science Corp. is the first publicly traded company of its kind in North America, pioneering the investment, development and commercialization of cellular agriculture technologies and products. Through its global portfolio of companies and its venture studio, CULT Food Science provides investors with unprecedented exposure to the most innovative start-up, private or early-stage cultivated meat, cell-based dairy and other cultured food companies around the world.