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  • Demand for meat remains strong
  • Lent and fake meat
  • Making protein out of thin air
  • Dissecting chicken nuggets


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The Spoon

Whenever I get a pitch in my inbox asking me to sample a new product, my first reaction is usually skepticism. Could this cricket bar really be that good? Is it actually feasible that this pill will help me avoid a hangover? Will this meal kit really make me eat healthier in less time than other meal kits, or just cooking for myself?


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Fast Company

Long before the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and Beyond Meat chicken at KFC, Taco Bell filled a fast-food gap for vegetarians and vegans with its easy ability to swap beans for beef and its “fresco” style modification, which subs pico de gallo for dairy toppings such as sour cream and cheese.


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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Meat is forbidden on Fridays during Lent, driving many Catholics and other observant Christians to partake in fish fries, seafood specials and McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish during the season.


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One interesting intersection with the world of meat is religion. Here the Chicago Tribune looks at how the world of technology meshes with Catholic traditions of Lent.

Open Democracy

Despite ravaging the Earth for industrial agriculture we can’t provide nourishing food globally. That has to change.


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Supermarket News

During the Annual Meat Conference in Nashville on Monday, FMI–The Food Industry Association and the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, the foundation for the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute), released their 15th annual Power of Meat study exploring consumption trends, sales growth and consumer preferences and found demand for meat is accelerating with $50.5 billion in sales for 2019.


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The Verge

Ikea’s plant-based meatballs will be available in its roughly 290 European stores starting this August, the company has confirmed to The Verge, with other markets set to follow a couple of months later. The so-called “plant ball,” which may or may not be the name on the menu, is designed to both look and taste like meat, but it’s made out of a combination of pea protein, oats, apples, and potatoes.


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CNN

While other fast food chains are rushing to launch meatless and plant-based options, Dunkin’ went in the opposite direction and released the ultimate snack for meat lovers.


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CNBC

Disney is once again expanding its selection of plant-based food items at its U.S.-based theme parks as well as on its cruise line — this time with Impossible Foods.


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Bloomberg

Burger King is cutting artificial flavors and additives from its menu, but at least one controversial ingredient is sticking around.


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Digital Trends

How long does it take to make a steak? Depending on the thickness of the meat, you might give a time anywhere between two and three minutes per side for “rare,” and five to six minutes per side for “well-done.” Except that you’d be mistaken. That’s how long it takes to cook a steak. Making one takes considerably longer.


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Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: When it comes to ultra-processed food, chicken nuggets are the top choice for Singaporeans, according to a survey commissioned by programme Talking Point.


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Several of the articles on this list deal with an important part of food science, additives and ingredients in fast food. Here Cheryl Tan dissects the key ingredients in Singaporeans favorite.

Forbes

Diners, it seems, can’t get enough of being fooled: for almost as long as food has been plated and served to others, cooks have been experimenting with dishes designed to deceive or delight with an unexpected nature.


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Food Navigator USA

While its CEO says engaging in an increasingly heated debate over the merits of plant- vs animal-based meat can be a “zero sum” game, Beyond Meat plans to go on the offensive this year with digital and media campaigns that celebrate its ingredients and processes.


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Food Ingredients First

BlueNalu, a food company producing seafood directly from fish cells, has successfully completed its US$20 million Series A round of funding.


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Mashable

Like millions of us, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with the creamy deliciousness that is cow’s milk. (Whole milk, please, none of your pointless low-fat nonsense.) It’s Saturday cartoons with cereal. It’s the perfect partner in crime for sinfully sweet late-night snacks. And, when frothed and combined with two or more shots of espresso, it is pure work fuel. So much so that I measure my mornings by the size of the latte I order or make at home.


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Washington Post

You’re eating that Impossible Burger, that Beyond Sausage link, chewing slowly and musing, “I wonder how many cows have been saved so far because of plant-based meat.” The answer, in all likelihood, is none.


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CNBC

Beyond Meat head Ethan Brown on Monday reaffirmed the company’s mission to expand its manufacturing capabilities to Asia, despite potential headwinds associated with the novel coronavirus outbreak that has disturbed global commerce.


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inews

Marks & Spencer will extend its refill scheme that allows shoppers to fill up their own containers with food after a successful trial.


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Financial Times ($)

Global investment in agricultural and food technology fell almost 5 per cent in 2019, as funding for food delivery services declined sharply amid a wider pullback in the venture capital industry.


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The Spoon

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, we are watching in real time as our food systems adapt. Everyone, after all, still has to eat amidst the outbreak, but enjoying a meal or shopping for groceries around hundreds of strangers in a crowded restaurant or supermarket carries more risk than it did just a few months ago.


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The outbreak of coronavirus has meant that companies are looking at newer ways to deliver food. Here, Chris Albrecht looks at a novel solution from Korea – automated meat vending machines.

Food Ingredients First

Foods for Tomorrow is accelerating toward international expansion by launching its plant-based meat alternative Heura in France with supermarket chain Franprix.


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Forbes

Beyond Meat could be viewed as a comparable public company in the event of a listing by the dairy alternative beverage firm, according to Mergermarket.


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Ad Week

California-based chain El Pollo Loco will feature “chicken-less pollo tacos” in all locations.


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Reuters

LONDON – Entrepreneurs tackling the future of food can vye for a $150,000 investment as part of an initiative launched in London on Friday seeking to unearth food technology such as robotic farming and lab-produced meat.


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Food Safety News

More than four fifths of people are concerned about laws on meat quality standards being relaxed so trade deals can be secured with the United States and other countries, according to Unison, a union in the United Kingdom.


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