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Impossible dumpling: China pork shortage makes way for alternatives

Plant-based burgers, noodles and mooncakes create buzz despite higher cost

A meat seller lifts a pork slice with tongs at a supermarket in Handan, Hebei province. China is stepping up imports of beef, pork and poultry to make up for the decline in its pig herd from a swine fever epidemic.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- China's growing appetite for plant-based meat has spawned dozens of startups cooking up options specifically tailored for Chinese cuisine, with dreams of eventually taking on the U.S. players currently leading the global market.

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