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  • The science behind coconut milk
  • Reduced sodium food with a twist
  • Impossible Foods raises $500 million
  • Robot cooks on the way
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Forbes
Spoiler alert: Too many mafia/pizza clichés, double entendres, and the like (but how can a reporter resist?)

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Bangkok Post
Coconut cream, or kati, has long been an indispensable part of Thai cuisine, both for cooking dishes and making desserts.

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Associated Press
Meat companies are making it easier for you to eat your vegetables by blending them into burgers, meatballs and sausages.

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Gizmodo
Plant-based fake meats are so hot right now, and every day it seems like a new company is trying to get in on the action. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods still stand out as the two companies making faux beef that tastes the most like the real thing.

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CNET
I took a trip to Beyond Meat’s headquarters to see exactly how the (plant-based) sausage gets made.

Editor’s Note: Beyond Meat has emerged as a key player within the plant-based meat industry though of course is known mostly for its burger. Here, Caroline Roberts explores the taste of its newest product – the breakfast sausage.

Food Ingredients First
The UK needs to halve its meat consumption by 2050 if climate targets are to be met. This is according to a new government-funded report into how Britain will achieve carbon neutrality within the next 30 years.

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U Mass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists produced a lower-salt processed turkey that consumers in a blind sensory test preferred to a full-salt version, according to a study published in the international journal LWT-Food Science and Technology.

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Green Biz
Plant-based foods accounted for almost $5 billion in sales in 2019, up 11.4 percent, according to data released in early March. But as the movement mainstreams, it needs distribution and branding scale many pure-play startups lack.

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The New York Times
For two fleeting decades, there was no status symbol more potent than the milk mustache.

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Reuters
Plant-based meat company Impossible Foods said on Monday it raised about $500 million in its latest series F funding round, which was led by South Korea’s Mirae Asset Global Investments, a new investor.

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Mashable
After going vegan for two decades, Pat Brown didn’t miss burgers. This wasn’t because he lost his taste for them. It was because Brown, 65, a former food scientist, had founded a company to figure out how to replicate ground beef using nothing but plants.

Editor’s Note: Several articles on this list look at the question of dairy. In recent years, vegan cheese has been touted as an innovation that could transform the food industry. Chris Taylor finds out that it may not quite be living up to the billing.

Financial Express
Coronavirus outbreak: In the times of faltering worldwide economy, the impact has been felt even on the Food Industry of the country of food lovers.

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Food Ingredients First
A multitude of key trends are driving the natural flavors market currently. Chief among them are sustainability, health and experimentation which dominate how manufacturers are approaching formulation across several categories.

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Green Biz
The alternative protein market is beefing up. That’s because it’s not just beef anymore.

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The Hindu
It was the task of finding appropriate baby food for her son that set Deepa M on the entrepreneurial path. Armed with a post-graduate degree in Food and Nutrition from Chennai’s Women’s Christian College, she studied the nutrition labels of various brands but found them “loaded with preservatives,” she rolls her eyes.

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Food Navigator USA
LIVEKINDLY co., a new plant-based food company which recently acquired LikeMeat, The Fry Family Food Co., and content startup LIVEKINDLY Media, is building an economy of scale for plant-based chicken to eventually become the “most affordable protein in the world,” said the company’s chairman and CEO.

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Ars Technica
Cell- and plant-based meat start-ups are developing “cuts” of steak and chicken.

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Food Ingredients First
Research at Teesside University in the UK, is helping meat substitutes producer, Quorn Foods, to drive the sustainability and quality of its protein. The collaboration involves a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Quorn, to test different methods of making mycoprotein – the main ingredient in all Quorn products.

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Deccan Herald
Among the companies worldwide working on getting robotic assistants to make fresh food are some Bengaluru players.

Editor’s Note: Food tech startups in Bengaluru, India are developing robot cooks that use scientific estimations to prepare food. Rajitha Menon explores the key characteristics of this new technology for the Deccan Herald.

RTE
Food technology and ingredients company Kerry Group said it plans to invest $125m in its Georgia facility in the US to create a new world-class food manufacturing facility.

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Travel Weekly
A Beyond Burger and a Beyond Meat flatbread are available at more than 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott Bistro Bar locations across the Americas.

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The Daily Californian
Imagine a world where you don’t go to a butcher, but instead walk into a lab to get a sirloin steak for your family’s gathering.

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South China Morning Post
Singapore start-up Shiok Meats is one of several companies trying to crack cultivated meat production, but needs a hundredfold reduction in cost of its product

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Business Insider
Still, it’s likely that we’ll see a plant-based “chicken” sandwich on fast-food menus at some point.

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Metro
It’s not surprising that in the face of widespread coronavirus panic, there’s quite a bit of misinformation being spread.

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