Lab-Grown Meat Could Hit Stores in 2018

Hampton Creek plans to beat competitors to supermarket shelves by two years.
Hampton Creek has an idea about food: the company thinks “eating well is a basic right,” and part of that, it argues, is eating “clean meat.” And perhaps more importantly, the company proudly says, we could be eating it by next year.

In a new LinkedIn post, Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick unveiled that the company has been secretly working on technology that could grow what it calls “clean meat,” aka lab-grown meat, as soon as 2018, years ahead of competitors in the field. In fact, Memphis Meats has said its lab-grown chicken nuggets won’t hit grocery stores until 2021, while Cultured Beef claims its engineered beef patties will be ready in 2020.


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