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5 Delicious Vegan Asian Sausage Recipes From Lap Cheong To Cha Lua Chay

3 Mins Read Asia is a magical place for vegan food lovers. We have such a richness of variety and range when it comes to delicious vegan dishes. From colourful tangy pickles to delightful pancakes to noodle and rice dishes to dream about, there is much to celebrate across the many Asian cuisines. However, we’re not yet world-famous […]

China Alt Dairy Heats Up: Record Series A For First Startup Making Milk Proteins From Fermentation

3 Mins Read As domestic appetite for dairy products grows, Chinese startup Changing Biotech is making milk proteins using precision fermentation to address this burgeoning demand. Changing Biotech, China’s first precision fermentation dairy startup, has emerged from stealth mode and announced a record-breaking $22 million Series A led by veteran domestic agtech venture capital fund Bits x Bites. […]

Oatly’s Asia Takeover Continues and Its Tea Master Line Is Proof

4 Mins Read Swedish oat milk brand Oatly is seeing strong growth in the Asian market. And with custom products like its Tea Master line, it shows no signs of slowing down. “We delivered strong second quarter financial results with sales growth of 22 percent, or 30 percent in constant currency, despite several headwinds including COVID-19 lockdowns in […]

The Good Food Accelerator Program Brings $10 Million In Solutions to China’s Food System

3 Mins Read Over the next three years, DayDayCook and Brinc will invest $10 million in 45 food tech companies working to address global food sustainability, specifically bringing game-changing tech to Asia’s food systems. Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of the Good Food Accelerator Program led by venture accelerator Brinc and content-to-commerce culinary platform, […]

Chinese Researchers Say They Can Produce Cultivated Meatballs At Scale

3 Mins Read Meatballs made from cultured meat are ready for commercial scale—and they’re more nutritious than conventional meatballs, say Chinese researchers. Researchers from Tsinghua University and Nanjing Agricultural University say they have produced a “cell factory” that can make cultivated lab-grown meat at a large enough scale to take to market. Their findings are published in the […]

Asia’s Cultivated Fish Company Avant Closes a $10.8 Million Series A

3 Mins Read Greater China’s first cultivated seafood startup Avant has closed its Series A funding round of nearly $11 million. Hong-Kong-based Avant launched in 2018 and closed a $3.1 million seed fund at the end of 2020. It was recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum last year. The company boasts a patent-pending proprietary […]

ProVeg Granted Permission To Establish A Representative Office In China

4 Mins Read ProVeg has become the first non-governmental organisation engaged in the promotion of alternative proteins to be given approval for a permanent presence in China. The NGO will now open an office in Shanghai, to work with country officials to promote plant-based activities and support international collaboration within the meat-free sector.  ProVeg was granted approval for […]

Joes Future Food Unveils China’s First Cultivated Pork Belly 

4 Mins Read The New Technology Conference in Nanjing National Agricultural High-Tech Industry Demonstration Zone recently played host to a tasting of China’s first cultivated pork belly. The development, presented by domestic startup Joes Future Food, was unveiled during the conference’s second Cultured Meat New Product Tasting Ceremony.  Alongside pork belly, co-culture of muscle and fat cells, cost-effective […]

Beyond Meat Hones In On Chinese Consumers With New Pork Sauces Launch

4 Mins Read Beyond Meat has announced it has moved into a new-to-it product category. It has launched two Beyond Pork sauces, to gain traction in the meal prep sector. Classic Bolognese and Savory Black Pepper are confirmed and are now available through the company’s online Tmall store. The sauces have been specifically developed for the Chinese market […]

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 […]