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Vegan Pork Alternative Launches In China As Pork Shortage Continues

by | November 21, 2019

Omnipork — a vegan pork alternative — is set to launch in China while the country continues to experience a severe pork shortage.

African swine fever wiped out half of the pig herds in the country, causing a nationwide crisis. Pork is a staple in Chinese households and restaurants, and the country is the biggest consumer of pork in the world.

The price of this meat has nearly doubled in China since the problem began earlier this year.

“Pork is a foundation ingredient in everyday cooking,” said David Yueng, founder of Green Common, the company behind Omnipork, “almost like salt and pepper.”

The new meat-free alternative will be on sale from November 29 at more than 180 restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai. It is already available at around 1,000 establishments in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, and Macau.

Omnipork is made from a combination of pea protein, soy, mushrooms, and rice. It boasts higher levels of iron and calcium than pork, and has a similar protein count.

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Plant-based options are slowly becoming more common in Chinese cuisine (Photo: Liudmila Kotvitckaia/Shutterstock.com)

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Vegan In China

Following a vegan diet in China is something that has long been thought of as difficult, largely due to the cultural tendency towards meat dishes.

This truth has started to shift slightly with the younger generation, as more people become conscious of plant-based health benefits.

Although veganism is still not a part of mainstream Chinese culture, it is expected to develop. Research shows that the plant-based movement was predicted to grow 17 percent in China between 2015 and 2020.

Do you think Omnipork will be a hit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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