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  • Asian twist to alternative meat
  • Starbucks ditches vegan milk tax
  • New ultra-high soy protein developed
  • Meal in virtual reality


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Food Ingredients First

US crop improvement company Benson Hill has unveiled plans to release the first commercially available Ultra-High Protein soy variety to meet market demand as more plant-based companies ramp up production.


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The Mandarin

In 1931, Winston Churchill made a bold prediction: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” It must have sounded like pure science fiction back then — but not anymore.


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Reuters

Impossible Foods is discussing a new credit line worth several hundred million dollars with its lenders, as the plant-based meat company braces for the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.


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The Conversation

Over the past few weeks, Australians have become used to seeing empty shelves in their local supermarkets. Coronavirus-induced panic buying has quickly depleted stocks of products like pasta, rice and flour.


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Fox Business

Tyson is assuring Americans that there is no shortage of meat and is increasing its efforts to restock grocery store shelves amid the widespread coronavirus outbreak.


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AFP

From lab-grown “seafood” to dumplings made with tropical fruit instead of pork, rising demand for sustainable meat alternatives in Asia is spawning creative products to appeal to local palates.


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The alternative meat industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. Here, AFP looks at Asia’s contribution towards ensuring that all alternative meat does not taste like the vision of one company or one country.

Green Queen

Following Starbucks’ highly publicised company-wide pledge to become more eco-friendly this year, the global coffee giant is now hoping to be able to remove the additional fee for drinks that use plant-based milks shortly.


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NJ.com

As the coronavirus pandemic has sent millions of New Jerseyians back into their homes and forced restaurants to shutter their dining rooms in an effort to socially distance, one question keeps coming up: is it still safe to order delivery?


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Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: On most days, visitors to Yili Farm are a rarity given its remote Lim Chu Kang location and the unsavoury odours of vegetable fertilisers permeating the farm.


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Food Ingredients First

Victory Hemp Foods has entered into a strategic partnership with Applied Food Sciences (AFS) to “dramatically expand” the range of products in which hemp grains can be used as ingredients.


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Deccan Herald

Your favourite chicken momos and pani puri are teeming with harmful bacteria, including E.coli.


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Chicago Tribune

A food tech company operating in the shadow of Chicago’s old Union Stockyards has developed a new kind of animal-free protein that it, and its big-name funders, believe can help feed the world’s growing population while fighting climate change.


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After alternative meat, now may be the time for alternative cheese. Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz finds about a new startup that is looking to disrupt the cheese industry. Warning: This article is not available in the EU because of data protection compliance reasons.

The Spoon

Even though the news cycle is dominated by coronavirus, the world is still turning — and plant-based meat companies are still getting funding.


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Food Business News

ST. LOUIS — Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC) launched a new portfolio of products designed to replicate the taste, texture and cooking experience of meat in plant-based alternatives.


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The Conversation

If you’re trying to reduce your trips to the shops as you practise social distancing and contribute to “flattening the curve” of the coronavirus spread, you might be wondering what it means for your vegetable crisper.


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Financial Express

Not only are bulk orders from companies drying up even those who continue to order are staying with big and reputed brands, said Chef Anshu Raj, founder, cloud kitchen Caters Point.


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The Spoon

From his time as director of culinary research for Chicago’s Alinea to creating video game themed dinner nights at his own Seattle based restaurant “incubator” Addo, Chef Eric Rivera has long been known for his ability to innovate.


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Your Story

Ola Foods, a part of the Ola Group, has undertaken precautionary measures to ensure personal hygiene and sanitation at work. The team has enforced additional protocols to ensure that it delivers ‘safe’ food to its customers.


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The Edinburgh Reporter

The UK food tech company ePOS Hybrid has raised 60% more than it set out to in a crowdfunding move.


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Until now, very few food tech companies have chosen to crowdfund their way to success. Phyllis Stephen discovers the story of a UK-based company that has raised funds from the hungry masses.

Vegconomist

Asia has been cited in a recent report as the continent to watch as the alternative protein industry takes shape globally. Within Asia, Singapore is emerging as the food tech capital, with its government investing $100 billion (US$72 billion) to prepare for the effects of the current climate crisis.


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The Hindu Business Line

After hand-sanitisers and face masks, organic food products seem to be flying off the shelves. The outbreak of Covid-19 is making consumers pay attention to what they eat.


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Thomson Reuters Foundation

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the planet will force city authorities and planners to more seriously consider factors such as population density, technology, food security and inadequate housing, urban experts said.


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Food Safety Tech

Food safety remains a top-of-mind concern for food manufacturers, especially considering some of the top recalls in 2019 were caused by bacteria contamination—including Listeria and E. coli.


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Bloomberg

Shares of the meal-kit company more than double over two days


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CNBC

Restaurants are constantly searching for the next big dining trend — could it be eating in virtual reality?


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