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Collaborative venture aims to bring cultivated meat to Japan

05 January 2021

Aleph Farms and Mitsubishi Corporation’s Food Industry Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring cultivated meat to Japan. 

Aleph Farms will provide its scalable manufacturing platform (BioFarm) for cultivation of whole-muscle steaks while Mitsubishi Corporation will provide its expertise in biotechnology processes, branded food manufacturing, and local distribution channels in Japan. 

“The MoU with Mitsubishi Corporation’s Food Industry Group marks an important milestone for us, as we methodically build the foundations of our global go-to-market activities with selected partners,” said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO at Aleph Farms.

“The cooperation demonstrates Aleph Farms’ strategy of working together with the food and meat industries to ensure a successful integration of cultivated meat within the ecosystem, while maximising the positive impact we make,” continued Toubia. “We are excited to bring cultivated meat production closer to the Japanese market.”

Aleph Farms committed to eliminating emissions associated with its meat production by 2025 and reach the same net-zero emissions across its entire supply chain by 2030. As the demand for meat continues to rise with evolving lifestyles, the cooperation will also provide actionable solutions to overcome the societal challenges to the local population surrounding the domestic meat supply. This includes implementing stable food channels of quality nutrition.

Aleph Farms and Mitsubishi Corporation are both members of the ‘Cellular Agriculture Study Group’, a consortium implementing policy proposals under the Japanese Center for Rule-Making Strategy. The consortium brings together a range of experts on the definition and construction of cellular agricultural foods. It also adds clarification of conditions for Japanese products and technologies to have international competitiveness and establishes mechanisms for coexistence and division of roles with existing industries

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