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UPSIDE Foods opens Engineering, Production, and Innovation Center to commercialize cultivated meat

The California facility will produce 400,000 pounds of cultured meat per year once it reaches full production.

With the opening of its Engineering, Production, and Innovation Center (EPIC), UPSIDE Foods (formerly Memphis Meats) is taking the next step in its journey to bring cultivate meat to consumers.

“When we founded UPSIDE in 2015, it was the only cultivated meat company in a world full of skeptics,” says Uma Valeti, CEO and Founder of UPSIDE Foods. “When we talked about our dream of scaling up production, it was just that — a dream. Today, that dream becomes a reality. The journey from tiny cells to EPIC has been an incredible one, and we are just getting started.”

Located in Emeryville, California, an urban area filled with residences and restaurants, the company says the 53,000-square-foot cultivated meat production facility establishes meat production as a proud part of the community, enabling the public to see first-hand how cultivated meat is made. EPIC will produce any species of meat, poultry, and seafood — both ground and whole cuts — from animal cells. It will also serve as a place to develop new product formats, types of meat, and production processes. 

The facility contains custom-made, patented cultivators that can produce over 50,000 pounds of finished product, with a future capacity of over 400,000 pounds per year. At full capacity, it will employ approximately 50 people in various roles including production, maintenance, quality and food safety, engineering, and general plant management.

The center also includes quality assurance facilities, where products will be tested to ensure safety and quality. Like all U.S. meat and poultry facilities, it includes an office for federal inspectors to oversee the process. There are also areas to mill and mix the cell feed and to formulate, package, and test products, as well as a modern kitchen for tastings.


“Today, our team has made history,” says Konrad Müller-Auffermann, Senior Director of Engineering at UPSIDE. “This facility is a game changer not just for UPSIDE Foods, but also for the entire food system. I’m so proud of our team for helping to define the future of food. I can’t wait to share our delicious, real meat with the world.”

The company says consumer tours of the facility will be available in January 2022. To learn more about UPSIDE Foods, viist upsidefoods.com.

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