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Coronavirus accelerates demand in Asia for plant-based meat

Marukome and other companies seize opportunities on health and safety concerns

An alternative meat product sold by Japanese food company Marukome. Sales in May of its soybean-based meat substitutes rose 96% above the company's target. (Photo courtesy of Marukome)

TOKYO/BANGKOK/DALIAN, China -- Plant-based faux meat makers in Asia are seeing sales soar as consumers seek safe and healthy alternatives in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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