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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. Other investors included Alibaba’s CSO Ming Zeng and existing backers Joy capita; and Lightspeed China partners, amongst others. Starfield […]

Chinese Netizens Attack Vegetarianism Film, Cite ‘Blind Worship Of The West’ As Appetite For Beef Grows

4 Mins Read A 45-minute documentary in mainland China promoting vegetarianism has been heavily criticised across the country’s social media channels. Well-known Chinese actresses Zhang Jingchu and Tao Hong both appeared in the film, in which meat-eating was linked to carbon emissions and cruelty, while vegetarianism was projected as a healthy choice. Viewers took to the comments to […]

90% of Chinese Shoppers Prefer Animal-Free Leather: Survey

4 Mins Read Shoppers in China are turning away from traditional leather and are instead eyeing novel “next-gen” animal-free leather alternatives. In a new consumer poll, 90% of urban Chinese consumers said they prefer leather alternatives over their conventional counterparts, an indication of the lucrative business opportunities that lie ahead for material innovators in the world’s fastest-growing major […]

Hey Maet: China Plant-Based Meat Startup Raises Multi-Million US$ Pre Series A & Doubles Down High-Moisture Extrusion Tech

5 Mins Read Last year in August, Hey Maet, the plant-based meat startup had announced a seed round investment along with a partnership with Shuangta Food, a pea protein company that supplies Beyond Meat. The company is making headlines again, this time with the announcement of a multi-million US dollar pre-Series that will enable them to ramp up […]

Plant-Based Milk Company Oatly Tackles China’s Growing Demand for Dairy

2 Mins Read Oatly, the Swedish plant-based milk alternative made from milled oats that has taken Hong Kong by storm – it is now regularly served up in the city’s two largest coffee chains Starbucks and Pacific Coffee – is expanding into mainland China. Equipped their new office in Shanghai and an original Chinese character symbolising plant-based milk, […]

Plant-Based JUST Egg Launches Soon In China, Continues Work on Cell-Cultured Chicken Nugget

2 Mins Read Silicon Valley foodtech startup, JUST, has announced plans to roll out their innovative vegan egg product in mainland China through a multi-channel approach in the coming months. JUST Egg, made from mung beans and free of antibiotics and cholesterol, will make its way onto retail shelves, e-commerce and foodservice. Specialty supermarket retailers City Super, Alibaba-owned […]