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Mitsubishi Pairs With Aleph to Sell Lab-Grown Beef in Japan

  • Aleph Farms to start selling its steaks in Asia next year
  • Singapore gave world’s 1st approval of lab-grown meat in Dec.
A commercial prototype of a thin-cut beef steak cultivated by Aleph Farms.
A commercial prototype of a thin-cut beef steak cultivated by Aleph Farms.Source: Aleph Farms
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Mitsubishi Corp. agreed to partner with Israel’s Aleph Farms Ltd. to lay the groundwork for bringing lab-grown beef to Japan, where demand for meat is growing.

The two companies will work on tailoring Aleph’s beef -- grown in vats from muscle cells of living animals -- to the tastes and nuances of Japanese consumers and regulatory bodies, Aleph’s Chief Executive Officer, Didier Toubia, said in an interview from his office in Rehovot, Israel. They would then use Mitsubishi’s manufacturing capabilities to scale up production and distribution, he said.