A prize of $15 million is up for grabs as teams competing in the XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion competition strive to develop chicken and fish alternatives.
Food retailers eager for insight into what’s next in the world of protein should keep their eyes on the XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion competition, in which judges have narrowed the field of teams in the $15 million competition to 28.
The competition was launched in December 2020 to reinvent how humanity will feed future generations by incentivizing the production of structured chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional chicken and fish in access, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and nutrition and health, as well as in taste and texture.
“Over the past several years, as our global population continues to grow and the demand for meat products increases, it has become clear that our current global food chain cannot keep up,” said Caroline Kolta, XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion program lead. “We know we need more nutritious, environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives to conventional animal-based products, and that wide-scale adoption will require additional innovation continuously being brought to market.”
The 28 semifinalist teams from 14 countries were selected by the competition’s panel of judges, based on their technical submissions. Over the next year, the semifinalists will work closely with the competition’s ecosystem and sponsors, which include ASPIRE and The Tony Robbins Foundation, as they begin to develop the first iteration of their products. Toward the end of next year, the 28 teams will be narrowed to up to 10 teams who will split an award of $2.5 million based on the merit of their prototypes.
At that point, finalist teams will enter one last round of solution development before final judging, which will award one grand prize of $7 million; second- and third- place prizes of $2 million and $1 million respectively; and a bonus prize of $2 million. The winning teams will need to create at least 25 cuts of 115-gram or 4-ounce structured chicken breast or fish fillet analogs that replicate the sensory properties, versatility and nutritional profile of conventional chicken or fish.
The following teams were chose to advance in the competition: