Black & Veatch Designs First-of-a-Kind Advanced R&D Facility for Cultivated Seafood in Singapore

Shiok Meats’ Mini Plant key to scaling up production to address global food security

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January 10, 2022 14:05

SINGAPORE--(Business Wire / Korea Newswire) January 10, 2022 -- Black & Veatch collaborated with Shiok Meats for the conceptual design and layout of their first-of-a-kind advanced research and development facility for cultivated seafood, officially opened by Singapore’s Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, Ms. Grace Fu in November.

The new facility will help Shiok Meats, the world’s first cultivated crustacean company, scale-up production of cell-based crustacean meat products, targeting commercialization by 2023.

“Building the Mini Plant is a big milestone for us. Our production facility, which is due in the next 18 months, will be an extension of this Mini Plant in terms of engineering design and foundation. This new facility allows us to scale the cultivated seafood production gradually and strategically to ensure a comprehensive manufacturing model and top-notch products,” said Dr. Sandhya Sriram, Group CEO & Co-founder, Shiok Meats.

“Reshaping our food system will require massive change. We are proud to assist Shiok Meats in achieving this important milestone in transforming the future of food,” said David Ziskind, Director of Engineering at Black & Veatch NextGen Ag. “Innovation and sustainability are core to our engineering and construction solutions as we help companies bridge the gap between science, research and development, engineering, and commercialization to bring new food products to market, at scale. We’re excited to support Shiok Meats in their scale-up efforts to create better and more sustainable food by leveraging biotechnology to enhance global food security.”

“Market innovators, like Shiok Meats, are edging closer to creating clean and sustainable seafood products that provide a much-needed additional and alternative source of protein for rapidly growing and increasingly affluent consumers, particularly in Asia. We’re proud to partner with companies like Shiok Meats who share our passion for creating a more sustainable planet and guide them through early technology readiness levels to full commercialization,” said Hoe Wai Cheong, President, Asia Pacific and India Markets, Black & Veatch.

Black & Veatch provides emerging companies and established manufacturers with end-to-end services from early-stage design and innovation to turnkey facility design. The company is equipped to handle every stage of the project lifecycle from process and development to engineering through the design and construction of a pilot scale or commercial manufacturing facility. The company serves sectors including traditional food and beverage as well as future-food technologies like controlled environment agriculture, alternative proteins and aquaculture.

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About Shiok Meats

Shiok Meats is the first cultivated seafood and meat company in Southeast Asia and the first cultivated crustacean (shrimp, lobster, crab, crayfish) company globally to bring sustainable, healthy, cruelty-free, and delicious cultivated meat to the world. Follow Shiok Meats on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @shiokmeats for the latest news.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2020 exceeded US$3.0 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media.

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