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Upside Foods

Developing a way to produce real meat from animal cells, without the need to feed, breed, and slaughter actual animals.

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Uma Valeti

CEO + Cofounder at Upside Foods

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Employees 101–200
Headquarters Berkeley, California, United States
Our company was founded in 2015 on the belief that we shouldn't have to choose between the meat we love and a thriving planet.

We’ve already produced many of the world’s cultured meat breakthroughs:
  • World’s first cultured beef meatball in 2016
  • World’s first cultured chicken & duck in 2017
  • Largest Series B funding round to date in the category in 2020

But the biggest milestone is still to come: bringing cultivated meat to consumers. Our pilot plant facility is our first step towards commercial-scale production. Working alongside our regulatory partners, we hope to share our first products with consumers by the end of 2021. The US is going to be our first market, but our ambitions are global.

Press Mentions

November 16, 2022

A Lab-Grown Meat Startup Gets the FDA’s Stamp of Approval

Read on WIRED UK »

October 15, 2018

Would you eat slaughter-free meat?

Read on BBC News »

September 21, 2023

UPSIDE Foods Selects Chicago Metropolitan Area for its First Commercial-Scale Cultivated Meat Production Plant

Read on Perishable News »

September 20, 2023

Upside Foods’ Uma Valeti on why it’s so difficult to scale cultivated meat

Read on TechCrunch »

September 15, 2023

Upside Foods Picks Location for First Commercial Cultivated Meat Plant

Read on powderbulksolids.com »

September 14, 2023

Cultivated meat, seafood company UPSIDE Foods to open its 1st commercial plant in Glenview

Read on ABC7 Chicago »

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