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Japan materials group Shin-Etsu bites into plant-based meat

Exclusive: Company to produce key ingredient in Germany for Western brands

Shin-Etsu Chemical will produce an ingredient for vegetarian meat patties like this in Germany. (Photo courtesy of Shin-Etsu)

TOKYO -- Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical, one of the world's top suppliers of plastics and chipmaking materials, has expanded into the supply chain for the growing market for plant-derived meat, Nikkei has learned.

The Tokyo-listed blue chip is prepared to produce a binding agent for artificial meat in Germany, eyeing U.S. and European makers like Beyond Meat and Nestle.

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