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  • Silk-coated strawberries (#2)
  • Asia’s first plant-based egg (#6)
  • Frozen food sales soar (#5)
  • Alaska fishing and COVID (#22)


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Nikkei Asian Review

BANGKOK — Down a quiet street in Nonthaburi, just outside Bangkok, a Thai couple in their 30s turned the self-isolation imposed by COVID-19 social distancing rules into a cocktail of opportunity, spending their idle hours creating new craft beers.


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MIT

Cambridge Crops develops an edible, imperceptible coating that might replace plastic packaging to preserve meats and produce.


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In recent years, food preservation has become a topic of great interest as we look to feed the ever-increasing global population. An MIT-backed startup called Cambridge Crops thinks that a silk coating can be part of the answer, and could help reduce our dependency on plastics.

BBC

Seafood is difficult to veganise well, but some companies are betting on new technologies and customers to overcome the challenges.


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Bloomberg

Broken supply chains have left farmers across the globe with mounds of food waste. Facing the prospect of plowing over fields and euthanizing pigs, some of these farmers — like Clint and Shelly Pinkelman — are mitigating their losses by going straight to consumers.


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Supermarket News

Higher sales in the frozen aisle due to coronavirus helps boost better-for-you frozen subcategory.


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Bloomberg

On a recent Monday morning in a Shanghai conference room, four executives from a major Chinese food producer and distributor sat socially distanced from one another, pulled down their masks, and tried some fake eggs.


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Reuters

Impossible Foods said on Thursday it will sell plant-based meat burgers in the United States directly to consumers through its own website, as demand for vegan alternatives surge amid rising beef prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The Citizen (South Africa)

Many South Africans that stumbled across the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s (DALRRD) proposed update for the country’s Meat Safety Act may have been confused and concerned to find rhinoceros, giraffe, elephant and emu on the list of meats that can be consumed.


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Deccan Herald

The novel coronavirus has dealt a decisive blow to the restaurant business, be it in the current times or in the future to come. Much as we welcome and look forward to the opening up of the restaurant business, we are aware of the many challenges that lie ahead at various levels and must admit that we are apprehensive for once and truly dread the way forward.


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Food Business News

SAN FRANCISCO — Recent data show more shoppers are opting for plant-based foods during the pandemic, and sales of meat alternatives are expected to accelerate as the nation faces temporarily tighter supplies of beef, pork and poultry. No Evil Foods, an Asheville, NC, producer of plant protein products, is bracing for the boom.


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The ongoing pandemic has had a major impact on the way we buy and consume food, as well as the way we look at non-traditional food items. Monica Watrous reports about the latest player in the plant-based foods market – No Evil Foods.

Financial Times ($)

At his farm in the Shropshire village of Middleton Scriven, Richard Yates has been saying goodbye to his cows.


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The Conversation

The COVID-19 crisis has clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of the livelihoods of many South Africans, and highlighted food insecurity as one key aspect. Many now argue that reducing the vulnerability of the livelihoods of the poor, and associated food insecurity, must become a key focus of policy.


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Stuff NZ

A cow’s stomach, LPG cylinders, guns, swords, axes, syringes, used condoms, sex toys, nappies, dead pets, a toilet – just some items Christchurch residents have put in their yellow recycling bins.


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Metro

What are you eating for dinner tonight? Because we’re still in lockdown, It’s probably something you’ve planned out, using up what you’ve got in the fridge – and you’re probably the one cooking it.


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Forbes

On its website, Nestlé, maker of some of the world’s most famous and beloved food and beverage brands, states under its Ethical Business heading, “Performing in an ethical manner is at the core of Nestlé’s business approach. Upholding strong ethical principles, not only in our direct business, but also throughout our entire value chain, is fundamental to how we operate. It underpins the trust our consumers have in us as well as our license to operate.


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The Takeout

Even if they’re a long way off from considering a fully vegetarian or vegan diet, more Americans seem open to trying plant-based “meat,” and even incorporating it into their meals on a more regular basis. That was already true prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, but now U.S. customers are purchasing Impossible and Beyond meat in greater volume than ever before.


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Readers of this newsletter will know that many people around the world are making the switch to plant-based meat. Marnie Shure adds evidence to that by reporting that grocery store sales of plant-based meat skyrocketed by 264% between March and May.

ABC News (Australia)

In January I set my family the task of reducing our household greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6 per cent this year, and I was going to document our experience.


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Associated Press

One was a nurse, another a retiree. Others had recently lost jobs with an insurance company and a country club. On a humid day last week, in the parking lot of this Long Island town’s largest park, they had a common bond. Each was making their first visit to a food bank to help cope with hardships arising from the coronavirus outbreak.


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Hamodia

Leket Israel, Israel’s leading food rescue organization, commissioned “Geocartography” a special study to examine the effect of the quarantine and the emergency guidelines on food waste among the Israeli public.


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The Courier

With continuing uncertainty around travel and the easing of lockdown, Julia Bryce finds out if the determination to survive will be enough to keep food tourism firms afloat.


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The Washington Post

“Security is getting worse, and this year we won’t be able to cultivate and it will be a big problem,” he said. His future looks bleak if he and his family cannot return to their land.


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HuffPost

As thousands of workers flow into remote parts of the state for the start of the season, a patchwork of rules and a lack of enforcement has locals worried.


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Food Navigator USA

San Francisco-based startup Hooray Foods – which launched its allergy-friendly vegan bacon (no soy or wheat) in restaurants late last year – is now in talks with retailers looking to expand their plant-based meat set.


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Your Story

Foodtech startup EVO Foods has developed Asia’s first plant-based liquid egg product as it seeks to revolutionise India’s plant-based, sustainable food market and target the overseas market, including the US.


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The Hindu

Exactly 15 years after Manmohan Singh, as Congress Prime Minister, openly spoke against the free power supply scheme for farmers, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre is attempting to do away with the much-abused scheme, which has been viewed by political parties as a major vote-catching policy measure.


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