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Future of Food #29

  • Vegetarian ingredients rise
  • The Indian sugar industry
  • Cameroon’s tomato farmers
  • German laws criticised
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Food Ingredients First

Rise in fruit and vegetable ingredients spurred by immunity and health-boosting demands

As consumers become more aware of the environmental and health implications of their eating habits, consumption of plant-based foods is moving to new heights. This onward trend allows the creative juices of food manufacturers to flow, in a bustling sector ripe for further growth and innovation. New taste sensations are also fuelling interest in the fruit and vegetable sector. Meanwhile, natural ingredients with antioxidant and immunity-boosting credentials are gaining further traction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cameroon tomato farmers count losses to wild weather and lockdown

omato farmer Gregory Ngwana is used to good years. But this season, wild weather – too little rainfall and then too much – has paired with Cameroon’s coronavirus lockdown to slash harvests, make transport difficult and drive away buyers.

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Portland Press Herald

During the pandemic, direct sales to customers of veggie burgers are booming

Maine manufacturers of veggie burgers changed their business strategies – and the shift seems to be working.

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The Conversation

How COVID-19 worsens hunger in India, the world’s largest food basket

India is one of the world’s largest food producers. Ironically, the country is also home to the largest population of hungry people and one-third of the world’s malnourished children. The Global Hunger Index ranks India 102nd among 117 countries.

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Business Insider

Walmart now sells the Impossible Burger, which means the plant-based “meat” is now in 50 times more grocery stores than it was in March

The addition of Walmart’s stores means that the Impossible Burger is now sold in over 8,000 grocery stores across the country — a previously unimaginable figure.

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Financial Express

The green plate: There’s a renewed thrust on plant-based diets and meat alternatives across the globe today

Late last year, McDonald’s introduced a plant-based burger in its joints across Canada as part of a six-month trial run. The fast food chain partnered with Beyond Meat, a producer of plant-based meat substitutes, to bring out the burger, which was called PLT (plant, lettuce, tomato). The trial run ended in April with no plans of adding the burger to the menu, but the move is being seen as a response to the increasing demand for healthy plant-based foods by consumers across the globe.

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Nikkei Asian Review

China feeds Nestle’s global ambitions in plant-based meat

GENEVA/PALO ALTO – Nestle has launched a campaign on three continents, taking aim at the fast-growing market for plant-based meat alternatives that has been led by startups like Beyond Meat.

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Criticism of Germany’s new laws in the meat and food industry

Two new laws are to put an end to exploitation and poor working conditions in the German meat industry. But critics are concerned that these laws don’t go far enough. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Stanford University

Exploring the sustainability of the Indian sugar industry

Generations of political support for sugar cultivation have helped India become the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide. Now, the country’s commitment to renewable energy could create additional benefits, like conserving natural resources and providing better nutrition to the poor.

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Tech Crunch

Future Fields is tackling cultured meat’s biggest problem

One possible solution to cellular agriculture’s biggest problem — how to develop a cheap, humane, growth material for cultured meat — may have come from a conversation in line at a Tim Hortons in Alberta.

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