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Rare Hitachi wagyu to make Singapore debut, extending global reach

Premium beef for the masses? Whole-animal exports to help cut costs

Exports of Hitachi wagyu beef surged 45% during the year ended March 2019.   © Reuters

MITO, Japan -- A premium wagyu beef cultivated in farm country northeast of Tokyo will soon arrive in Singapore for the first time, with costs held down by using the full array of cuts of the animal.

Although it has less name recognition than other wagyu varieties, Ibaraki Prefecture's Hitachi brand receives top marks on a five-point quality scale and have been raised there longer than any other cattle.

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