Singaporean cultivated seafood company Shiok Meats officially opened the doors to its new “mini-plant” this week, marking the first-ever cell-based seafood R&D facility to launch in Singapore. The facility opening was inaugurated by Singapore’s sustainability and environmental minister Grace Fu, who described the plant as a “welcome addition to our sustainable agri-food ecosystem.”

Emphasising t the Singaporean government’s focus on food innovation, Minister Fu said she was “glad to see Singaporean companies at the forefront of this global drive for food innovation,” and called the opening ”a significant milestone for Shiok Meats as it expands its R&D efforts and validates its unique cellular agriculture technology for the production of cultured shrimp, crab and lobster.”

Dr. Sandhya Sriram, Group CEO & Co-founder, Shiok Meats, added that the opening was, “a big milestone for us as we work towards complementing Singapore’s ‘30 by 30’ food security strategy,” which intends to see the island nation produce 30% of its own food by 2030.

Shiok Meats partnered with Black & Veatch Next Gen Ag to build the new facility,  located at Shiok’s headquarters at the Innovate 360 food accelerator. Black & Veatch  Director of Engineering David Ziskind said, “Reshaping our food system will require massive change… We’re excited to collaborate with Shiok Meats in support of their scale-up efforts to create better and more sustainable food by leveraging biotechnology to enhance global food security.”

Shiok Meats has showcased three cultivated seafood prototypes – shrimp, lobster, and crab -and raised about USD$30M in funding since its inception   three years ago, and is working towards a market launch in Singapore in 2023. Shiok Meats Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder Dr Ka Yi Ling will speak at next year’s AltProteins 22 conference, hosted by Food Frontier.

READ MORE: Shiok Meats Opens “First of a Kind” Mini-Plant For Cultivated Seafood R&D [Vegconomist] and Shiok Meats’ Mini-Plant inaugurated by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment; the first of its kind advanced R&D facility for cultivated seafood in Singapore. [Shiok Meats]