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Magnum Ice Cream Introduces Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel Bars

Magnum Non-Dairy Sea
Unilever's ice cream brand Magnum announces the release of Magnum Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel Bars. Joining Classic and Almond varieties, Magnum Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel Bars apparantly deliver "indulgent taste with a non-dairy sea salt caramel base dipped in a cracking non-dairy chocolate shell."
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US Plant-Based Retail Market Worth $5Billion, Outperforming Counterparts in all Categories

US Plant-Based Retail Market Worth $5Billion, Outperforming Counterparts in all Categories
New data released by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and The Good Food Institute (GFI) shows that retail sales of plant-based foods in the US have grown 11.4% in the past year, with the total plant-based market now valued at $5 billion. Plant meat in the chiller section has seen a huge rise of 63%.
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LikeMeat: "With LiveKindly Co., Like Meat Becomes Part of a Large Family of Brands"

Timo Recker CEO of Like Meat
Following this morning's news that plantbased consumer platform LIVEKINDLY has been acquired by Foods United, which has now been renamed as LIVEKINDLY Co / TLKC, we speak exclusively with Timo Recker, CEO of Like Meat - a German meat alternative brand which was purchased by the newly formed group as its first aquisition last month.
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Upfield Debuts "Flora Plant" Whipping Cream for Food Service Industry

Upfield Flora cream
Upfield’s Flora brand debuts a a plant-based whipping cream for the UK foodservice industry. Upfield states that 100% plant-based Flora Plant whipping was developed to help chefs deal with increasingly complex consumer diets and that it “behaves just like dairy cream”.
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Vivera Foodgroup - 3rd Largest Plantbased Producer in Europe - Predicts €250 Million Within 5 years

pflanzliche Steak-Alternative von Vivera
Vivera, the third largest European producer of plant-based food, has revealed it is predicting strong growth figures in 2020 and for the mid and long term. The company sees fast growing demand through most parts of Europe and has delivered average annual growth of 25% over the last 3 years resulting in € 80 million expected revenue in 2020.
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Pollo Tropical's Beyond Meat "Vegan TropiChop" is Now Available on Uber Eats in Florida

Pollo Tropical Beyond Meat
Pollo Tropical® recently announced that it is now available for delivery through Uber Eats’ app or website in all markets across Florida. Delivery includes all fan favorites including its Vegan TropiChop made with Beyond Meat.®
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Ex Beyond Meat Exec Seth Goldman Launches PLNT Burger With Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn

@plntburger (Instagram)
Honest Tea Founder and Ex-Beyond Meat Exec Chairman, Seth Goldman, recently announced his new project as a founder of PLNT Burger, a newly launched animal product-free, quick-serve concept located in Whole Foods Market in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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China’s Interest in Vegan JUST Egg and Other Plant-Based Proteins Increases in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

JUST Egg at Sodeco
According to Bloomberg.com, San Francisco food manufacturing company, JUST, producer of the vegan JUST Egg, is fielding increased inquiries from Chinese state-backed companies seeking animal-free protein sources amidst the coronavirus outbreak. 
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New Crop Capital and Dao Foods Invest in Chinese Alt Meat Startup Starfield

Starfield
It was announced yesterday that China-focused impact investor Dao Foods International, in partnership with New Crop Capital, an early investor of Beyond Meat and over 30 other alternative protein ventures around the world, has invested in Starfield Food and Science Technology Limited. This marks NCC's first investment in China.
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Impossible Foods Raises $500M in Funding Led by South Korean Investor

Impossible Foods Raises $500M in Funding Led by South Korean Investor
According to Reuters, Impossible Foods has announced it has closed a series F funding round led by a new South Korean investor Mirae Asset Global Investments, bringing them a total raise to date of $1.3 billion. Other participants in the round includes Khosla Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and Temasek.
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