December 9, 2022
Believer Meats, a leading pioneer of the cultivated meat industry, officially broke ground on its first US commercial facility in Wilson, NC.
The 200,000-sq-ft facility will be the largest cultivated meat production center in the world with the capacity to produce 10,000 metric tons of cultivated meat, without the need to slaughter a single animal. This is a watershed moment for the cultivated meat industry that will allow Believer Meats to meet growing demand for decades to come.
"Our facility propels Believer forward as a leader in the cultivated meat industry," said Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, CEO of Believer Meats. "Our brand has continually proven our commitment to scale production technology and capacity, and with our new US production center, we are one step closer to commercialization. Believer is setting the standard globally to make it possible for future generations to eat and enjoy meat."
"We're pleased to welcome Believer Meats to North Carolina," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. "This important decision to build its first US commercialization operation in Wilson County validates our innovative research and development and highly skilled talent while further cementing our state as the best in the nation to do business."
Believer is making an initial planned investment of $123.35 million in Wilson County, located approximately 40 miles east of Raleigh, NC, and includes plans to create over 100 new jobs over the next three years. The facility will utilize proprietary, custom-made bioreactors that can achieve high cell densities and yield based on patented processes. In addition, the state-of-the-art facility will feature an R&D and innovation center, a contemporary kitchen to host tastings, as well as offices and conference room spaces.
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