Doing something well while continuing to improve on that thing is generally good idea.
That's the logic behind a new study to figure out how Australian based red meat producers can grow their businesses over the coming decades. As it turns out, part of that study advocates for Australian red meat firms to look at creating more nutrient specific and customized products using 3d printing.
"There is a need for the creation of new business models and solutions to meet mega trends and demands from different markets who want personalized approaches to nutrients or textures rather than the current whole muscle meat products," said Sean Starling, a research development officer for Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
Australia is already trusted for high quality red meats around the world, with the proposals here, including a "meat ink" acting as potential supplements to their existing domestic and export demand.
Two advantages of a potential meat based product in 3d printed form, according to the research, manifest in customized nutrients and customized sizing of meat products. Increasing zinc, iron or Vitamin B12 levels on-demand is a prospect worth considering for millions of people across the globe, the logic goes.
However, as with all food, rigorous testing and standards for the benefit of public health should be a primary concern.
"If the Australian red meat industry is to remain globally competitive we have to embrace innovation and new technology to ensure we grow our markets and proide greater value for the industry," the published research stated.