Aleph Farms Ltd, and Mitsubishi Corporation’s Food Industry Group will work together to bring cultivated meat to the Japanese table. Aleph Farms will provide its proven, scalable ‘BioFarm’ manufacturing platform for cultivation of whole-muscle steaks; and Mitsubishi Corporation will share its expertise in biotechnology processes, branded food manufacturing, and local distribution channels in Japan, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies.
Mitsubishi Corporation, which operates a global network of 1,700 companies in 90 countries, with yearly revenues of US$140 billion, is comprised of 10 business groups covering virtually every industry. Its Food Industry Group covers food resources, fresh foods, consumer products, and food ingredients, and is active in every link of the food supply chain, from the production and sourcing of raw materials to the manufacturing of finished food products.
The two companies believe by working together, they could play a leading role in the fight against climate change, especially in light of the Japanese government’s stipulated goal of achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions. In April 2020, 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.
“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,” noted Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms. “It 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 maximizing the positive impact we make,” he continued. “We are excited to bring cultivated meat production closer to the Japanese market.”
“This is part of a network of ‘BioFarm to Fork’ strategic partnerships being developed by Aleph Farms in APAC, LATAM, and Europe, following the successful 2019 Round-A strategic investment by Cargill and the Migros Group in Switzerland,” added Gary Brenner, VP of market fevelopment at Aleph Farms.
Both companies are 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.