Upside Foods, formerly known as Memphis Meats, recently opened $50 million Engineering, Production & Innovation Center (EPIC) in California.
According to a press release, the technology at EPIC – said to be the world’s most advanced facility for producing cultivated meat, poultry and seafood – will be capable of producing Upside’s existing products and Cultured Decadence’s full species portfolio.
Lower price point
Wisconsin-based Cultured Decadence utilises the cells of shellfish, such as lobster, to make real meat without the shell or organs, boasting higher nutritional quality and at a lower price point compared to current products.
The acquisition by Upside will allow Cultured Decadence to expand and complement Upside’s offerings, while accelerating research and commercialisation of cultivated seafood products.
“Cultured Decadence’s technology is incredibly promising, and their team is filled with passionate, smart individuals who want to make our favourite food a force for good,” said Dr Uma Valeti, founder and chief executive of Upside Foods in an article on the Vegconomist website. “We’re thrilled to welcome the Cultured Decadence team to the Upside family and are excited that the scientific, technological, and production infrastructure we have built over many years can help accelerate the mission impact of this team.”
“Upside’s unparalleled R&D and scale up capabilities will significantly accelerate the commercialisation of cultivated delicious, sustainable and humane seafood,” said Cultured Decadence co-founders John Pattison and Ian Johnson.
“There’s nobody else we’d rather join to build the future of food.”