Exploring cultivated meat

Only recently it was a futuristic dream—but today, cultivated meat is a product consumers are just beginning to taste. The next step is scaling a global industry.

In the near future, could diners around the world really dig into authentic chops, burgers, and fillets that don’t come from animals? The cultivated-meat industry is already creating meat grown in production facilities where animals are barely part of the process. To explore this cutting-edge food category, two industry pioneers and two McKinsey experts explain what cultivated meat is and how it differs from plant-based meat, when consumers worldwide will be able to try it, and how it could grow to become a global industry. For a deeper dive into where cultivated meat is headed, explore McKinsey’s research on the topic.

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McKinsey has looked deeply into the topic of alternative proteins and the future of food. Explore our insights into plant-based meat, the global protein landscape, and agricultural innovation on McKinsey.com.

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