FAQs - UPSIDE Foods

FAQs

Soon! UPSIDE Foods' chicken will be available to consumers as soon as possible! The first step in commercial availability is a review from the FDA and USDA and now that we have a green light from the FDA we're one step closer! Once we have the go-ahead, we’ll be able to start growing our cells, producing the food you love, and getting it to restaurants and retailers near you!

Initially, you'll be able to taste UPSIDE through our chef and restaurant partners in the US. As we're able to produce more delicious meat with UPSIDEs for us all, we'll be able to work with groceries all over to make sure that there's UPSIDE wherever you are! For the most up-to-date information about our partnerships and launch dates, please follow our social channels!

We are currently focused on developing and launching our meat in the United States, but our mission is global, and we absolutely have aspirations to launch our product worldwide as soon as possible.

We’re exploring obtaining cells from a variety of methods, including biopsies from living animals, eggs, fishing, and recently slaughtered animals who were already a part of the food system. Our first commercial products will be produced using cells from fertilized chicken eggs.

UPSIDE Foods has developed a proprietary cell-culture medium, or cell feed, consisting of common compounds found in animal feed and human food, including amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, trace elements, salts, and vitamins. These ingredients allow us to nourish the cells with the same type of nutrients they would get inside an animal’s body. The main difference between feeding a live animal versus feeding our cells is the size of the components. (For instance, whereas a live chicken is fed corn, which is made up of carbohydrates and protein, we feed our cells the carbohydrates and proteins directly.)

UPSIDE Foods is growing meat directly from animal cells without the need to raise and slaughter billions of animals. We have already developed processes that do not require FBS, and we are working to phase out the use of all animal components altogether. We aim to bring animal component-free products to market as soon as possible.

Our focus right now is on making technical advances that will allow us to produce our meat at a lower cost and at a greater scale, safely and reliably. We have reduced our production costs dramatically in the last couple of years and expect the cost to continue to drop significantly as we scale up production. Ultimately, our goal is to make cell-cultured meat at a cost comparable to – and eventually lower than - conventional meat.

We’ve already debuted the world’s first cell-cultured beef meatball, chicken, and duck and are also working on other meat types. We have developed our production method to be flexible across many types of animals.

At this time, we’re focused not just on money coming in but also on carefully selecting partnerships that will advance the work we do. Even though we aren’t able to accept monetary investments from the public, this doesn’t mean that you can't support UPSIDE! We need your voice on social media and out in the world as a champion of the future of meat with UPSIDEs for us all! We’re hard at work making your favorite food a force for good - and we are so appreciative of your support on this journey!

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and desire to be part of the UPSIDE mission! We're here to create a more abundant and sustainable food system and are excited to bring you along with us! Please follow our channels across social media to stay up to date with our latest news. If you're interested in contributing to our work on the daily - we hope you'll join us as an #Upsider - check out our "Careers" page for open positions!

Several independent researchers have published life cycle analyses and have generally found very encouraging results. One study, for instance, finds that, at scale, cell-cultured meat may require up to 90% less land and water, and emit up to 90% fewer greenhouse gases. While it's too early to know the precise environmental footprint of cell-cultured meat, we expect it to provide significant benefits to the planet.

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