Israeli company Believer Meats locates in Wilson County, NC
01/2023: Believer Meats, an advanced food production company from Israel, announced it will create 100 new jobs, investing more than $123 million in Wilson, North Carolina, to establish the company’s first major location in the United States.
Israeli Believer Meats is an advanced food production operation closely aligned with the biotech industry that will incorporate innovative, healthy, ethical, and eco-friendly processes to produce cultivated meat. Also known as cultured meat, cultivated meat is genuine animal meat, including seafood and organ meats, produced by cultivating animal cells directly, eliminating the need to raise and farm animals for food. In this new Wilson County facility, Believer Meats will be manufacturing chicken and lamb meat.
“Believer Meats’ announcement is the perfect amalgamation of our rich history in agriculture and life sciences, the biotechnology assets North Carolina has created over the past 50 years, and today’s advanced technology,” said Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). “North Carolina is paving the way to meet America’s future nutritional needs.”
Although the salaries for the new jobs will vary for the positions which include opportunities for PhDs, scientists, food production professionals, and other personnel. The average annual salary will be $60,087, exceeding Wilson County’s current average wage of $47,863. The new jobs will create an annual payroll impact of more than $6 million.