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First Meat And Now Dairy Is Linked To Higher Risk Of Cancer, in New China Study

4 Mins Read The first in-depth multi-year study looking at correlations between dairy consumption and cancer rates has been undertaken in China. Findings point to a higher risk of liver and female breast cancer in people eating larger amounts of dairy.  Previous studies have focussed on Western countries and suggested that dairy can lower colorectal cancer likelihood but […]

China’s CellX Announces $10.6 Million Series A To Make Cultivated Meat

4 Mins Read Shanghai-based cellular agriculture startup CellX has secured a $10.6 million Series A funding round with funding earmarked for recruitment efforts and optimizing the company’s platform technologies to achieve scale while decreasing unit costs. New backers included Joyvio Capital and SALT, amongst others, with previous investors Lever VC, Better Bite Ventures and Agronomics all joining again. […]

Asian Food Companies Are Failing To Disclose Core ESG Sourcing Risks, New Study Finds

4 Mins Read Asia Research and Engagement (ARE) has conducted a baseline study looking at the disclosure levels of Asia’s top animal protein companies, and according to its findings, only 16 percent of the biggest organisations put responsible sourcing policies front and centre of their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) disclosure. This represents a significant misalignment with expected […]

Haofood Partners With Lawson To Bring Plant-Based Chicken To 2,300 Stores

4 Mins Read Shanghai’s Haofood has announced distribution partnership with Chinese convenience store giant Lawson that will see its new satay nugget stick product being stocked in 2,300 stores across the country, to give consumers easy access to alternative protein products. Shops in the Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces will be the first cities to get the satay […]

China Holds First Cellular Agriculture Forum To Embolden Cultivated Meat Progress

4 Mins Read Food security and a growing demand for protein is on every government’s mind. A new cultivated meat industry association, the China Cellular Agriculture Forum, held its first event last week and was attended by approximately 30 companies within the cultivated sector. Key on the agenda? To help create a sustainable, secure animal protein future in […]

More Than Half Of Global Industrial Fishing Offences Linked To Chinese Vessels, New Study Claims

3 Mins Read A new study has revealed that one-third of all fishery offences are connected to industrial interests. Of that third, more than half (59 percent) are connected to Chinese interests. 450 commercial fishing vessels are implicated, representing just 20 individual companies. While China takes the lion’s share of offences, Indonesian vessels came second with 15 percent […]

Haofood Scoops $3.5 Million For Plant-Based Chicken Made From Peanuts

3 Mins Read Shanghai’s Haofood has announced a $3.5 million seed funding round for its vegan chicken made from peanut protein. ProVeg, Monde Nissan CEO Henry Soesanto, Rich Products Ventures, and Big Idea Ventures all participated in the latest funding round. The new investment will be leveraged to improve and diversify numerous operational elements including increased R&D infrastructure, […]

Beyond Meat Launches Online Store Through Pinduoduo To Increase China Foothold

4 Mins Read US-based Beyond Meat has announced a new partnership with Chinese agricultural technology platform Pinduoduo. The vegan meat manufacturer will open an online store on the egiant’s grocery marketplace to give mainland consumers access to flagship products including signature items such as Beyond Beef and Beyond Pork. Beyond Meat’s new partnership is a first for Pinduoduo, […]

New APAC Cellular Agriculture Coalition Aims To ‘Foster A Harmonized Industry’ Ahead Of Commercialization

3 Mins Read The APAC Society for Cellular Agriculture (APAC-SCA) announced its launch this week as a new coalition with a mission to offer member companies developing cultivated meat and seafood access to shared information. Its key priorities include interacting with consumers, building knowledge and acceptance and developing straightforward regulatory frameworks. In a joint statement by APAC-SCA’s management committee, […]

Hong Kong Plant-Based Pork Meat Startup Bags HK$12 Million For Mainland China Expansion

4 Mins Read Hong Kong startup Good Food Technologies, which makes plant-based pork meat, has announced the closure of an oversubscribed HK$12 million (approx. US$1.5 million) seed round led by pan-Asian VC Gobi Partners, in their first investment into the alternative protein sector, with further participation from LeverVC, DayDayCook and Brinc. Good Food manufactures plant-based products designed for […]

President Xi References China’s Alt-Protein Sector In National Food Security Speech

4 Mins Read In a historic first, China’s President Xi Jinping has referenced alternative proteins in a speech during which he underlined his support for domestic food innovation. Speaking at a meeting with agricultural, social welfare and social security sector figureheads, he made statements that positively impact the country’s burgeoning alternative protein industry. News of President Xi’s perceived […]

Aldi China Partners With Yeyo To Stock Plant-Based Coconut Yoghurt As Part Of New Healthy Eating Challenge

3 Mins Read Shanghai’s Marvelous Foods has announced its Yeyo brand is now available in Aldi stores throughout China. The coconut yoghurt has been stocked both physically and for online distribution. The move comes as part of Aldi China’s new ‘healthy eating challenge’ designed to coincide with the Olympics’ popularity. The campaign is social media-based and looks to […]

New Report Finds China and India’s Gen Z Is More Sustainable Than UK and US Young Consumers

3 Mins Read Credit Suisse Research Institute released a report this week identifying Gen Z and Millennials in China, India, and other emerging countries as more likely to align with sustainable consumption than those in developed regions. An increased likelihood of buying conscious products, coupled with corporate distrust has led to the claim. Ten thousand age-appropriate consumers were […]

China’s 5-Year Agricultural Plan To Include Cultivated Meat and ‘Future Foods’ For The First Time

4 Mins Read China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has published its eagerly awaited national plan. Acting as a blueprint for future developments, innovations and national economic strength, the plan has specifically included cultivated meat and ‘future foods’ as sectors to actively participate in.  Long-term goals as directed by China’s political leaders, are supported by the agricultural […]

‘1000 Trees’: Shanghai Reveals Visionary New Eco-Lifestyle Mall That Mimics A Mountain

3 Mins Read Tian An China Investments has completed construction on a new green mall in Shanghai. The building sits snugly amidst the city’s art district. Called ‘1000 Trees’, it is covered with greenery, cascading over various levels, to resemble a mountain. London-based architects firm Heatherwick Studio was granted the new mall design commission. Previously completed projects include […]

WADA Issues Warning To 2022 Olympic Athletes About Drug-Contaminated Chinese Meat

3 Mins Read The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has doubled-down on recommending caution for 2022 Olympic athletes when consuming meat in China. It comes after confirmation of contaminated supplies and the German WADA counterpart issuing a mandate to avoid Chinese meat altogether.  Contaminated meat has been found to contain clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing steroid. Levels have been described as […]

China’s Surging Alternative Protein Sector Gets Government Support Ahead Of Next Food Tech Boom

3 Mins Read After reviewing public records, The Good Food Institute (GFI) APAC, a non-profit that works to expedite the alternative protein industry across the region, has determined that China’s alternative protein sector is being increasingly better funded to support scale-up and product development. Previous recipients of similar financial allocations in China include solar panel developers and electric […]

Starfield Scoops $100 Million in China’s Biggest Ever Vegan Protein Funding Round

3 Mins Read Chinese plant-based meat company Starfield Food Science & Technology has made history with a $100 million Series B investment round, the country’s largest ever for a vegan protein brand. Beijing’s Primavera Capital Group led the round, which closed in early January. Other investors included Alibaba’s CSO Ming Zeng and existing backers Joy capita; and Lightspeed […]

5 Vegan Traditional Chinese New Year Desserts Recipes To Celebrate With

4 Mins Read In Chinese culture, Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) is the most important celebration of the year . Also called the Spring festival, it denotes a time of positivity and fresh beginnings. Celebrated across Mainland China but also globally by the Chinese diaspora, food plays a significant role in the festivities. And […]