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Impossible Foods raises about US$500m in new funding

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In November, Reuters reported that the company was aiming to more than double the US$2 billion valuation it attained in its May funding round.

[SAN FRANCISCO] Plant-based meat company Impossible Foods said on Monday it raised about US$500 million in its latest series F funding round, which was led by new investor South Korea's Mirae Asset Global Investments.

The funding announcement comes as the novel coronavirus outbreak hits the US hard with schools in many states closing and consumers emptying shelves at grocery stores. Top venture capital firm Sequoia recently called it a "black swan" event and urged its startups to be careful with cash.

"Whatever the headlines are, we have the means to withstand short term shocks and realize our long term mission," Impossible Foods chief financial officer David Lee said.

The latest round brings the total raised by the Redwood City, California company to US$1.3 billion. Other investors in this round include Khosla Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and Temasek.

Plant-based meat and lab grown meat companies have been gaining traction with many consumers becoming more aware of the environmental impact of industrial husbandry.

Impossible Foods' rival Beyond Meat is trading at three times its initial public offering price in May and worth around US$4.5 billion even after the recent market rout.

Impossible Foods declined to disclose the latest valuation. Reuters in November citing sources said the company was aiming to more than double the US$2 billion valuation it attained in its May funding round.

Mr Lee declined to talk about when the company could go public. He said the latest funds will help the company expand its manufacturing capacity. In addition to its plant-based burger patties, Impossible Foods also launched plant-based sausages and pork earlier this year.

REUTERS