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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]