Unattainable Meals—the meals tech firm recognized for the realistically meaty Unattainable Burger—is on an formidable mission. Inside the subsequent decade, it desires to make animal merchandise out of date. Up subsequent for the corporate: Creating dairy-identical vegan milk.
At a digital press convention on Tuesday, senior taste scientist Dr. Laura Kilman demonstrated the Unattainable milk prototype on the firm’s check kitchen in Redwood Metropolis, California. Standing earlier than a metal desk of varied plant-based milks in Petri dishes, Dr. Kilman defined: “We’re actually seeking to create merchandise that perform and behave similar to the animal-derived model.”
In contrast to different plant-based milks, Unattainable milk doesn’t precipitate (that dreaded curdling) when poured into espresso. Dr. Kilman poured the milk right into a mug to exhibit. It additionally foams and froths like dairy milk.
The product is within the prototype section and Unattainable Meals has not but finalized the recipe. The milk demoed within the check kitchen featured soy protein, the important thing ingredient in Unattainable meat.
Vegan milk is essentially the most developed class of the plant-based meals market, in keeping with food-focused nonprofit, the Good Meals Institute. SPINS market research reveals that plant-based milk accounts for 14 p.c of all greenback gross sales for retail milk.
‘Higher Than Something That Comes From a Cow’
The dairy aisle of the grocery store is lined with an ever-growing multitude of choices, together with almond, oat, pea protein, and flax. A handful of firms are additionally creating plant-based variations of whey and casein, the principle proteins present in dairy, which might be used to develop dairy-identical milk.
Pat Brown, CEO and founding father of Unattainable Meals, known as the present choices in the marketplace “insufficient.”
“Our intention isn’t simply to make one other plant-based milk,” he stated. “It’s to make one thing that for a dairy milk lover, is healthier than something that comes from a cow.”
Why milk? Animal agriculture accounts for 14.5 p.c of worldwide greenhouse gasoline emissions, in keeping with the Meals and Agriculture Group of the UN. Cattle are essentially the most environmentally harmful livestock; they emit methane, a greenhouse gasoline 25 occasions extra harmful than carbon dioxide, and beef and dairy production are extremely resource-intensive.
Unattainable Meals additionally introduced that it’ll double its analysis and growth group, hiring greater than 100 scientists inside the subsequent 12 months. Chief monetary officer David Lee defined that investing in R&D will assist the corporate proceed to make merchandise that may make shoppers “vote with their stomachs.” This consists of bettering present merchandise and growing new ones.
The corporate has raised greater than $700 million this yr, a portion of which shall be used for hiring. Additionally it is establishing a brand new division, biomanufacturing, and can work on increasing manufacturing. Extra merchandise within the pipeline embody plant-based steak, bacon, and fish.