Plant-based products are revolutionizing the food industry. Already, especially in many European countries, a wide range of these foods are now available in supermarkets and people see them as a healthy alternative to eating meat in large quantities. It's even possible to find plant-based tuna, salmon, or pork that are very similar in taste and texture to the animal models they're modeled after. This trend is also present in Spain. There, the companies Cocuus and Foodys continuously promote the consumption of meat alternatives and are pioneers in the Spanish market for plant-based products as an alternative to meat. Now they're turning heads with 3D printed bacon.
In recent years, Foodys has launched products such as plant-based burgers and bites in an attempt to mimic the original food model. The main idea is to create an alternative to meat to promote sustainability. At Foodys, all products are plant-based, but at Cocuus, this is not the case for all products. For its part, the company is working with 3D printing in four different areas, from 3D printing meat from plants, cells or the meat itself to what they call "softmimic", i.e. purees that resemble real food. Thanks to the combination of these different fields, it was possible to produce 3D printed bacon.
The two companies started this joint project a few months ago with the intention of building the world's first large-scale facility for 3D printed organic plant-based foods. Companies like REVO FOODS are also producing 3D printed plant-based foods on a large scale, but they don't have a manufacturing base like Cocuus and Foodys. Thanks to this project, one thing became clear: the production of 3D printed bacon requires fewer resources and causes less pollution. "We are able to reproduce in five minutes the bacon that two pigs produce in a lifetime," says Cocuus.
What is 3D printed bacon?
You might be wondering what the difference is between regular bacon and Cocuus and Foodys bacon, other than the fact that the latter comes from plants and the other from an animal. We all know that bacon is quite a fatty food that is not conducive to good health, just take a cue from Homer Simpson. Cocuus and Foodys plant-based bacon is 3D printed, allowing for a healthier base material to be used, which is then printed into the shape of the bacon. This staple contains only a third of the fat content of original bacon. What's more, the fats it contains are unsaturated fatty acids, which are better for your health than the saturated fats in lard.
3D printed bacon owes its exceptional properties to the ingredients it is made from, such as olive oil, apples and carrots. That's why this bacon from the printer is a healthy alternative to the original animal bacon. Therefore, the product is not only aimed at vegans or vegetarians, but also aims to show people who want to eat healthier new ways and make it easier to start a healthier lifestyle. For true bacon lovers, however, the health benefits are still not a decisive argument for adopting the alternative. That's why Cocuus and Foodys have gone to great lengths to mimic the texture and taste of real bacon as closely as possible.
3D-printed bacon has recently become available in Spanish supermarkets, especially Carrefour supermarkets in different parts of Spain. Both companies are now trying to develop new plant-based foods such as tuna or seafood to create a broad offer and attract new customers. We will soon see if this new product is well received in the market or if the Spanish public is not yet ready for this change. Will you jump at the chance to try 3D printed bacon on your next Mallorca holiday?