Asia eager to jump on ‘fake meat’ gravy train

Asia eager to jump on ‘fake meat’ gravy train

(ATF) The year-long pandemic has crushed numerous industries, except that of “fake meats”. A shortage of animal protein, worldwide lockdowns and growing health awareness have accelerated the demand for plant-based protein during the pandemic. Business has seen significant growth despite the global economic turmoil. After international firms came in to …

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China merges media and government as it enters ‘new era’

China merges media and government as it enters ‘new era’

(ATF) China is mulling the issue of network media convergence, once again, especially as the next few years will concentrate on building ‘smart cities’ with all the latest tech and gadgets, such a 5G, coming to the fore. The Chinese government issued “Opinions on Accelerating the Deep Integrated Development of …

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Plastic playmates fill sex void for lockdown loners

Plastic playmates fill sex void for lockdown loners

Single and locked out of Beijing's dating scene by the pandemic, Amy was encouraged by other women in online chatrooms to find a solution to her enforced abstinence – a sex toy. "Before, I felt a bit scared and embarrassed to use them," said the 27-year-old, who did not wish …

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A millennial love affair: China's second-hand luxury goods market booms 

A millennials love affair: China's second-hand luxury goods market booms 

BEIJING: China's love for luxury is spilling over into the once shunned second-hand goods sector, with online stores surfing a wave of pent-up demand from shoppers, led by millennials, who have been forced into belt-tightening by the coronavirus pandemic. The rapid proliferation over recent years of second-hand luxury sales online …

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Investors swamp IPO for K-Pop band BTS management team

Investors swamp IPO for K-Pop band BTS management team

SEOUL: Big Hit Entertainment, the management label of hugely popular South Korean K-Pop group BTS, priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the top of its range on Monday, as hopeful buyers chased South Korea's largest listing in three years. Institutional investors expressed interest in more than 1,000 times the …

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China to rebrand in 2021 as ‘new era’ dawns

China to rebrand in 2021 as ‘new era’ dawns

(ATF) A plethora of top leaders from all sections of Chinese government and industry have met and announced a “brand power project” to launch a new image for China in 2021. In much the same way as a major corporation will change its corporate identity, China’s leadership has told top …

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China releases a paper tiger into the trade war

China releases a paper tiger into the trade war

(ATF) China's Ministry of Commerce has issued a notice on regulations related to a government blacklist of "unreliable" foreign entities. However, the "Regulations on the List of Unreliable Entities" has got analysts scratching their heads – because no companies are listed. It is blank, a literal paper tiger. There is …

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