US-based alternative protein startup Eat Just is planning to build a large-scale cultured meat plant in Qatar, with the support of the Qatar Free Zones Authority and investment from a state-backed venture capital firm. Eat Just plans to export to neighbouring regions as well as western Europe. If Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health grants approval for Eat Just’s cell-based chicken (produced by its subsidiary Good Meat), the country will become the second to permit the sale of cultured meat, following Singapore (see our summary Cultured meat approved for sale for the first time).
Read more here (Bloomberg) and here (Good Meat website). See also the TABLE explainer How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?, the TABLE report Plates, pyramids, planet: Developments in national healthy and sustainable dietary guidelines: a state of play assessment, which discusses Qatar’s dietary guidelines (pages 33-35), and the blog Framing the future of food: The contested promises of alternative proteins.