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Quiznos to Test Plant-based Corned Beef Sandwich at Denver-area Restaurants

Starting November 15th, Denver-area Quiznos locations will offer plant-based eaters and curious carnivores alike the chance to try its new Plant-based Corned Beef sandwich for a limited time only. Featuring Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli, this deli classic also includes Swiss cheese, pickles, sauerkraut and honey French dressing on a Quiznos bread of choice.

On November 17th, investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank” will decide whether corned beef made from beets, chickpeas and other plant-based ingredients is as good as – or even better than – the real thing, though local Denverites need not wait to hear the outcome and can visit their local Quiznos to try it for themselves.

“Given consumers’ growing desire for meatless options and the rise of plant-based foods, we wanted to...

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Nov 18 8:44 AM, General News



Technomic’s Take: 2020 Canada Trends

Chillier weather and holidays on the horizon signify a special time for Technomic: the coming year’s foodservice trend predictions. Our 2020 trends—which touch on menu, operations and labour—reflect today’s biggest cultural, governmental and consumer shifts impacting macro industry trends. Operators and suppliers need to understand how and why macro trends such as health, sustainability, technology and employee engagement are changing in order to succeed in today’s highly competitive foodservice arena. Read ahead for Technomic’s expert predictions of the trends that will have the greatest impressions on foodservice in 2020.

Marine Eats

Operators will shine a light on aquatic-based ingredients in a plethora of new ways. Not only will restaurants continue to highlight less familiar seaweeds, algae and sea plants, including...

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Nov 12 9:46 AM, General News


Corbion and Nestlé Partner on Development of Microalgae-Based Ingredients for Plant-Based Products

Corbion and Nestlé have entered into a joint development agreement to develop a next generation platform of algae-based ingredients rich in protein and micronutrients that can deliver sustainable, great-tasting, highly nutritious products.

The agreement will combine Corbion’s microalgae and fermentation capabilities with Nestlé’s expertise in the development of plant-based products. The aim of the joint development agreement is to establish a platform for the production and commercialization of algae-based ingredients rich in protein and micronutrients. The research will work to further develop the functionality, taste, and nutritional profile for use in...

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Nov 7 9:13 AM, General News


Roquette and Yili Sign a Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets, and Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd., one of the largest dairy companies in Asia, signed today a long-term strategic cooperation agreement at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Mr. Pan Gang, Board Chairman and President of Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd. and Mr. Edouard Roquette, Chairman of the Board of Roquette, signed the agreement during an economic forum hosted by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the French President Emmanuel Macron.

The contract covers the purchase of Roquette products from Yili in the next three years, and reinforces the already existing business relationship of both leading companies in Chinese Food markets. Roquette and Yili will...

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Nov 7 9:04 AM, General News


ResearchAndMarkets: Meat Alternatives Market to Grow Globally 

Given the interest in plant-based food and rising number of flexitarians that are looking to reduce meat consumption, there is an ever-growing demand for meat alternatives that can offer texture, flavor, and nutritional profile similar to meat products. Companies are exploring the use of emerging protein sources such as pea protein, chickpea, and other legumes, algae, and mycoprotein for the production of meat substitutes to mimic the mouthfeel and cooking behavior of meat or poultry products.

Pea-based meat substitute products are expected to witness double-digit growth over the 2019-2023 forecast period because of the rising demand for soy-free, non-GMO ingredients, especially in Western markets. Frozen meat alternatives are the dominant product category, but...

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Nov 6 10:09 AM, General News


Vion Invests in a Dedicated Plant-Based Site in Leeuwarden

Vion CEO Ronald Lotgerink announced earlier this year to introduce meat alternatives as part of the company’s strategy of building food chains based on the market demand. Vion is now planning to open a dedicated plant-based site in Leeuwarden (NL).

The market for meat alternatives has been growing over the past few years and it is expected to continue to grow. Next to Vion’s home markets in the Netherlands and Germany, other parts of Europe like the UK, Italy and France are also growing markets for meat alternatives. This is mainly the result of eating habits of so-called flexitarians, who regularly buy these products.

The Vion site in Leeuwarden was built in 2017 and is currently operating as a beef facility. It was built according to the latest standards, which means...

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Oct 31 8:44 AM, General News


Emergy Foods Unveils Whole Steak & Chicken Cuts Under New Plant-Based Meat Brand, Meati Foods

Emergy Foods today introduced its new alternative meat brand, Meati Foods, the first in market to produce whole cuts of plant-based meat in the form of steak and chicken breasts. The main ingredient, fermented fungi, or mycelium naturally delivers the taste, texture, and protein profile of meat. The nutrient-dense plant-based meats from Meati Foods are rich in fiber and vitamins found in vegetables and are made with five functional ingredients, without the use of soy, wheat, or pea protein. Meati Foods highly efficient and proprietary process, which is all done in-house, combines traditional methods of fermentation with modern-day knowledge to improve resource use by 1000-fold over conventional methods.

Tyler Huggins, Co-founder and CEO announced, “We are excited by the growth in the plant-based meat category, but are concerned with issues around...

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Oct 30 8:20 AM, General News


Plant-Based Foods: Will They Stay or Will They Go?

The rapid growth of plant-based foods at retail and on restaurant menus has many in the food and foodservice industries questioning if the interest in plant-based food is a passing fad or a long-term trend. A new study by The NPD Group addresses this question and finds that the answer depends on the consumer and their reasons for consuming plant-based foods in the first place.

Millennials, born 1981-1996, are the top consumers of plant-based meat alternatives, finds the NPD study, The Future of Plant-based Snapshot. This generational group has adopted plant-based meat alternatives as a way to indulge sensibly while addressing their long-term health goals and animal treatment concerns. Gen Xers, born 1965-1980, are also a core consumer group of plant-based meat alternatives, and...

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Oct 29 9:19 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results 

Beyond Meat, Inc., a leader in plant-based meat, today reported financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 28, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights Compared to Prior Year Period

  • Net revenues were $92.0 million, an increase of 250.0%;
  • Gross profit was $32.8 million, or 35.6% of net revenues, compared to gross profit of $5.0 million, or 19.2% of net revenues, in the year-ago period;
  • Net income was $4.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted common share, compared to net loss of $9.3 million, or $1.45 per common share in the year-ago period; and...
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Oct 29 9:08 AM, General News


Cattlemen Applaud Introduction of Real MEAT Act of 2019

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today applauded the bipartisan introduction of the Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019 by U.S. Reps. Roger Marshall (R - 1st Dist., Kansas) and Anthony Brindisi (D - 21st Dist., N.Y.)

“A growing number of fake meat products are clearly trying to mislead consumers about what they’re trying to get them to buy,” said NCBA President and Tennessee cattlewoman Jennifer Houston. “Consumers need to be protected from deceptive marketing practices, and cattle producers need to be able to compete on a fair, level playing field. We want to thank Congressmen Brindisi and Marshall for leading the way on this very important issue.”

Specifically, The Real Meat Act will...

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Oct 29 8:24 AM, General News


Denny's to Offer Beyond Meat Burger 

For more than 65 years, Denny's has been delivering on its commitment to serve guests delicious and affordable meals, investing in menu innovation and increased quality that has put America's Diner at the forefront of the Family Dining category. In response to guests' interest in plant-based dining and flexitarian diets, Denny's has partnered with Beyond Meat to launch the Denny's Beyond Burger.

Available at all Los Angeles area Denny's locations beginning today, the new Denny's Beyond Burger features a 100% plant-based Beyond Burger patty topped with freshly sliced tomatoes and onions, crisp lettuce, pickles, American cheese and All-American sauce on a multigrain bun - offered...

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Oct 28 11:14 AM, General News


ICL to Expand Its Presence in the Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Market 

ICL, a leading global specialty minerals and specialty chemicals company, announced that it is planning to expand its manufacturing capacity and R&D support capabilities for its ROVITARIS alternative protein technology for the meat alternatives market.

With more than 80 years of experience, ICL is a leader in developing and providing value added, innovative food ingredient solutions for customers around the world with annual sales of approximately $600 million. ICL’s leading position in the food functional ingredients market leverages its global network of manufacturing and R&D facilities, as well as its backward integration to phosphates.

ROVITARIS is a proprietary technology developed by ICL, that supports the production of allergen free plant-based food. The product has excellent formability and can be adapted to virtually any...

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Oct 25 3:51 PM, General News


Before the Butcher’s UNCUT Plant-Based Burgers Debut in 192 Ralphs

Before the Butcher’s UNCUT plant-based burger and sausage products are now available in 192 Ralphs Grocery stores in southern California, marking the entry of the UNCUT brand in retail grab-and-go cases. More than 50 additional stores will carry the line by November 1, including Whole Foods Market in Long Beach, 10 Central Market locations in Texas, and 40 Lucky’s Markets in 10 states from Colorado to Florida.

All locations in the initial 250+-store rollout will carry the full collection of UNCUT packaged products, including the UNCUT Burger, UNCUT Savory Chicken Burger, UNCUT Roasted Turkey Burger and UNCUT Breakfast Sausage Patty. That lineup offers more variety than any other plant-based burger brand, providing multiple options for...

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Oct 25 8:24 AM, General News


DoorDash and Impossible Foods Partner to Launch Impossible Cuisine Category 

Impossible Foods, maker of the famously delicious Impossible Burger, today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with DoorDash, the nation’s largest on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery. DoorDash has created a custom cuisine carousel featuring merchants that offer Impossible menu items in select US cities including San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, D.C., Detroit, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Dallas, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Orlando, Houston, Pittsburgh, Bellevue, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Central Illinois — powering the discovery of even more delicious Impossible food.

DoorDash’s carousels provide discovery and education for customers looking to pair their cravings with comparable restaurants. This is the first time DoorDash has created a plant-based carousel, which will feature...

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Oct 24 10:08 AM, General News


Pizza Hut Tests Two New Product Innovations

Since the beginning of time, pizza boxes were square and the round pies inside of them were topped with meat. Not anymore. Tomorrow, October 23, Pizza Hut will introduce a limited-time test of a plant-based pizza topping served up in a game-changing ROUND pizza box. The test of both innovations will take place exclusively at one Pizza Hut location in Phoenix where America's Original Pizza Company will introduce the new Garden Specialty Pizza topped with Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms Italian sausage.

"We innovate for human's sake and we'll win on taste—PERIOD. At Pizza Hut we don't do anything halfway and improving the customer experience and delivering a better tasting pizza is our core mission," said Marianne Radley, chief brand officer, Pizza Hut. "When we talk about feeding more...

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Oct 23 8:16 AM, General News


Dunkin' and Beyond Meat Accelerate Nationwide Launch of Beyond Sausage Sandwich

Dunkin' today marked a major step in making plant-based menu options easily accessible to Americans everywhere, announcing plans for the nationwide rollout of its highly-anticipated Beyond Sausage Sandwich. First introduced exclusively in Manhattan in July, the Beyond Sausage Sandwich quickly became one of the top-selling sandwiches, driving Dunkin' to accelerate plans for the national launch, with participating U.S. restaurants serving the Beyond Sausage Sandwich beginning November 6.

Dunkin' is the first nationwide U.S. quick service restaurant brand to Go Beyond traditional on-the-go breakfast choices by serving Beyond Breakfast Sausage. Offering the delicious taste and texture of a juicy, savory breakfast sausage patty, Dunkin's Beyond Sausage Sandwich features Beyond Meat's breakfast sausage patty made with...

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Oct 21 10:14 AM, General News


Hardee's to Begin Testing Beyond Meat at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Hardee’s, known for quality you can taste, today announced it will be partnering with Beyond Meat as one of the first U.S. quick service restaurants to offer plant-based breakfast, lunch and dinner options. In keeping with the brand’s innovative heritage of offering new twists on classic favorites, Hardee’s will be testing a new Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit and an Original Beyond Thickburger for a limited-time in two regional markets – Raleigh, NC and Kansas City, MO, beginning October 16, 2019.

To celebrate the launch, Hardee’s will offer customers a free Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit, during breakfast hours, or Original Beyond Thickburger, during...

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Oct 16 10:02 AM, General News


Nestlé Develops Fully Plant-Based 'Bacon Cheeseburger'

Nestlé announced today that it has developed vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon, designed to complement its existing plant-based burger patties. This makes it the first food and beverage company to develop and produce all three essential elements for a no-compromise plant-based 'bacon cheeseburger'.

This complete burger solution will first be offered to professional clients such as restaurant and foodservice operators. Nestlé's plant-based burger patties are already available to food professionals, with the full package including...

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Oct 9 10:18 AM, General News


Carl's Jr. Launches New BBQ Cheeseburger Made with Beyond Meat 

Carl’s Jr., known for craveable menu items, is excited to expand its partnership with Beyond Meat® to launch an innovative new menu item – the Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger – available at participating restaurants beginning October 9, 2019. Drawing on the success of its Beyond Famous Star, the restaurant developed a new burger build meant to complement the Beyond Burger™ patty, while drawing on the flavors of its famed Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

The new Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger will feature some of the restaurant’s most popular ingredients including a Beyond Burger patty topped with Carl's Jr. original BBQ sauce, American cheese, crispy onion rings, all on a sesame seed bun, for an indulgent flexitarian option that turns...

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Oct 9 9:42 AM, General News


Meyer Natural Foods Introduces Laura's Plant-Based Burgers

Meyer Natural Foods announced the launch of two new plant-based burger options under its Laura's brand.

The new plant-based burgers are available in two varieties: Organic & Classic Recipe. Both versions offer consumers options which are gluten free and contain non-GMO ingredients with protein 100% plant sourced. The USDA National Organic Program prohibits the use of genetically modified ingredients.

"When we learned consumers who purchase meat are also bringing home...

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Oct 4 9:06 AM, General News


Impossible Burger Sales Skyrocket at Retail Debut 

After its highly anticipated retail debut, the Impossible Burger remains the number one item sold at grocery stores on the East and West coasts where the product is offered. The flagship product from Impossible Foods made its worldwide debut in grocery stores on September 20th at all outlets of Gelson's Markets in Southern California. Since its launch, Gelson’s has sold more Impossible Burgers than all types of ground beef, based on both revenue and total number of pounds sold. On September 26th, the Impossible Burger became available in all 100 outlets of Wegmans on the East coast, including seven states and two Fairway locations in New York City. The Impossible Burger became the number one single item sold in the meat department at Fairway's two Manhattan locations.

Also, during the product's first full weekend on stores shelves in Southern California, the Impossible Burger outsold by more than...

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Oct 2 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Don Lee Farms Launches Plant-Based Burger 

Don Lee Farms is announcing the launch of the Better Than Beef Burger: a burger made from plants. The burger delivers the satisfaction and experience of beef but with the lowest calories, fat and saturated fat compared to other leading brands.

The new burger is an excellent source of protein made from plants.

Donald Goodman, President, Don Lee Farms, said, “We are thrilled to introduce the new Better Than Beef Burger. This new burger, along with our growing vegan line launched fifteen years ago, reinforces our family’s commitment to...

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Oct 1 8:19 AM, General News


MarketsandMarkets: Plant-Based Protein Market Worth $40.6 Billion by 2025

According to MarketsandMarkets, the plant-based protein market is currently estimated at $18.5 billion, and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14% by 2025. This projection totals a value of $40.6 billion by 2025. As demand for plant-based protein products increases, food and beverage manufacturers will be driven to create such products.

During the forecast period, the pea segment is expected to be the fastest growing in the alternative protein market. Pea protein is gaining popularity among plant-based protein manufacturers at a global level due to...

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Sep 27 12:13 PM, Urner Barry


McDonald’s Tests New Plant-Based Burger in Canada

McDonald’s will be conducting a 12-week test of a new plant-based burger called the P.L.T., which stands for Plant. Lettuce. Tomato. in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario, starting September 30. The P.L.T. is made with a Beyond Meat plant-based patty that has been crafted exclusively by McDonald’s, for McDonald’s, to deliver the iconic taste customers know and love.

“McDonald’s has a proud legacy of fun, delicious and craveable food—and now, we’re extending that to a test of a juicy, plant-based burger,” said Ann Wahlgren, McDonald’s VP of Global Menu Strategy. “We’ve been working on our recipe and now we’re ready to...

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Sep 26 9:03 AM, General News


Impossible Foods to Make East Coast Grocery Debut 

After a record-shattering launch on the West Coast, the Impossible Burger will make its East Coast grocery store debut today at all 100 Wegmans locations in seven states, and at two Manhattan locations of Fairway Market. Though widely available in restaurants since 2016, the Impossible Burger first appeared in grocery stores just last week, when it debuted at all 27 of Gelson's Markets in Southern California. During its first full week on sale, the Impossible Burger outsold ground beef based on both revenue and total number of pounds at Gelson's. In fact, the Impossible Burger was the number one packaged good sold at Gelson's from Friday through Sunday across the 27 stores.

Rob McDougall, CEO of Gelson's Markets, said, "The Impossible Burger generated more excitement than any other single product we’ve seen in more than a half-century of operations. In addition to exceptional sales and volume, the launch initiated...

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Sep 26 8:16 AM, Urner Barry


Sweet Earth Foods Debuts New Plant-Based Culinary Innovations 

Sweet Earth Foods, an award-winning and rapidly-growing plant-based food innovator, announced today the launch of their newest products, the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger and Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds. Sweet Earth's Awesome Grounds will provide the same plant-based protein in a ground version that allows greater flexibility to cook various meals and sides, such as meatballs and tacos.

The Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds advance Sweet Earth's mission by delivering on the taste and texture of beef with the nutritional benefits offered by plant-based proteins. The non-GMO Awesome Burger was developed by Sweet Earth's culinary team with Nestlé R&D support, with a focus on achieving awesome flavor and nutrition. It's made with U.S.-sourced yellow pea protein, which is...

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Sep 26 8:15 AM, General News


Reports and Data: Soy Protein Ingredients Market to Reach $16.6 Billion by 2026

According to Reports and Data, the global soy protein ingredients market was valued at $9.7 billion in 2018, and is expected to reach $16.6 billion by the year 2026. This increase would be a compound annual growth rate of 6.9%. The consumer base of the soy protein ingredient market has increased over the years, with a rise in the number of health-conscious consumers. The soy protein ingredients market is undergoing various technological advancements. Mainly used for the production of nutrition bars, soy proteins are meeting the needs of the bar manufacturing industry through the development of various shapes, sizes, hardness, and isolates. With the changing needs of the manufacturers in the industry, processes are expected to improve.

Available in a wide range of products, soybeans are one of the few alternative proteins containing all essential amino acids. Familiar food preparations include products such as tofu, soymilk, and tempeh. Cereal blends are another product, consisting of...

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Sep 25 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


Greenleaf Foods, SPC Names Foodservice Veteran Ken Komejan Vice President of Foodservice

Plant-based protein leader Greenleaf Foods, SPC, announced that veteran foodservice executive Ken Komejan has joined the company as Vice President of Foodservice. Komejan will lead the Greenleaf Foods, SPC foodservice business—for the company’s two category-leading brands, Lightlife (“Lightlife”) and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. (“Field Roast”)—across North America, defining a strategic vision to accelerate growth and market leadership in the plant-based protein market.

Under Komejan’s leadership, Greenleaf Foods, SPC, will solidify its commitment to the fast-growing foodservice channel and expand its position in the highly-competitive demand space with Lightlife and Field Roast.

“The addition of Ken to the Greenleaf team solidifies our commitment to serving foodservice customers with...

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Sep 24 8:46 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Makes Retail Debut 

Impossible Foods announced that the alternative meat company will make its debut in grocery stores on Friday at all 27 Gelson's Markets in Southern California. This is the first time that the general public will be able to buy and experience the Impossible Burger at home. The Impossible Burger is the plant-based meat that rivals ground beef, and is on menus in more than 17,000 restaurants. However, home chefs never had a chance to work with the Impossible Burger, until now.

Throughout the fourth quarter and in early 2020, Impossible Foods will expand its retail presence by launching the Impossible Burger in industry-leading grocery stores in key regions. Impossible Foods will launch in additional grocery stores later this...

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Sep 20 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Panera Bread Launches New Category of Warm Grain Bowls

Just in time for fall, Panera is launching hearty, warm Grain Bowls featuring a medley of whole grains, crisp greens, vibrant vegetables and lean protein infused with bold, internationally-inspired flavors and sauces. The new Baja warm Grain Bowl and Mediterranean warm Grain Bowl--both available with or without chicken--mark Panera's entry into the grain bowl category. The introduction of grain bowls is the next step in Panera's evolving mission to offer more grains, plants and proteins on its menu, with a focus on delivering craveable food that makes you feel not just full, but fulfilled. This "Full of Good" philosophy leans into the notion that consumers shouldn't have to compromise between...

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Sep 19 9:35 AM, General News


Tyson Foods Launches Pact Brand Refrigerated Snack Bites with Functional Benefits

Tyson Foods, Inc. has launched a new line of functional refrigerated protein snacks under its new brand, Pact, created to help people harness the natural benefits of food.

Developed by the company’s team of nutrition and culinary experts, Pact Snack Bites are expected to tap into a growing functional food market projected to reach $100 billion in the U.S. by 2025. Functional foods have potential to offer positive effects on health and wellness and can help people fill gaps in nutrition.

Pact Snack Bites are literally packed with nutrition. Made with real fruits and nuts, they have 10-plus wholesome ingredients per serving and contain ingredients like kombucha, matcha and...

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Sep 19 8:12 AM, General News


Packaged Facts: Alternative Proteins Budding with Organic and Clean Label Food Shoppers

Though the majority of Americans eat meat, trends throughout 2019—from the launch of Burger King's Impossible Whopper to skyrocketing shares of Beyond Meat's blockbuster IPO—hint at the multi-billion dollar potential impact of plant-based products on the nation's food and beverage market.

According to The Organic and Clean Label Food Shopper, 2nd Edition, a brand new report by market research firm Packaged Facts, consumers are increasingly more adventurous with what they eat and more consider themselves flexitarian than in the past. Packaged Facts reveals that only 6% of Baby Boomers claim to eat flexitarian diets, while 13% of Generation Z considers themselves flexitarian, showing the trend is...

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Sep 12 11:51 AM, General News


Taco Bell Rolls Out New Vegetarian Menu Nationwide

For years, Taco Bell's delicious vegetarian menu items have been one of the best kept secrets for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Beginning Thursday, the brand that has proudly offered great tasting vegetarian options for some time, will launch a not-so-new "new" vegetarian menu nationwide for the first time ever. With 13 great tasting menu items available at more than 7,000 participating restaurants, Taco Bell continues to lead the way with a meaningful vegetarian menu and remains committed to making the items more accessible by including them on a permanent menu board.

The "new" menu will feature some exciting items that are all American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified, including the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme and Black Bean Quesarito as well as the classic 7-Layer Burrito and Bean Burrito. In addition to these four items, fans can find another nine bold, flavorful vegetarian items sprinkled throughout the larger menu, all indicated by...

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Sep 11 10:18 AM, General News


Kroger's Simple Truth Brand Launches Plant Based Collection

The Kroger Co. announced today a new collection: Simple Truth Plant Based. The collection will include fresh meatless burger patties and grinds as well as plant-based cookie dough, pasta sauces, sausages, deli slices, dips and other items.

The Simple Truth collection was announced on stage by Gil Phipps, Kroger's vice president of Our Brands, at the Good Food Conference in San Francisco, where he was a featured speaker. The Conference, hosted by the Good Food Institute, focuses on accelerating the marketplace for plant-based food.

"Since its launch in January 2013, Simple Truth has become the leading natural and organic brand in the country, with annual sales exceeding $2.3 billion," said Phipps. "As more of our customers embrace a flexitarian lifestyle, choosing to prioritize...

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Sep 6 8:17 AM, General News


Hormel Foods Announces the Creation and Launch of Plant-Forward Meat Alternative Brand

During its annual presentation at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston, Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, announced the launch of the Happy Little Plants brand, a new plant-forward, protein portfolio created as part of the company's first project under its Cultivated Foods umbrella.

"Hormel Foods has one of the most admired brand portfolios in the industry, led by our legacy of industry-leading innovation," said Jim Splinter, group vice president of corporate strategy at Hormel Foods. "We are continuing to build an organization that has the agility and adaptability to create products to align with today's dynamic marketplace."

The Happy Little Plants brand is part of the company's plant-based and blended protein innovation efforts, which began in 2014 with the launch of...

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Sep 5 8:16 AM, General News


Rabobank: Outside Influences on the Grains & Oilseeds Industry

African Swine Fever Update: Impact on Feed

Chinese pork production in 2019 is expected to decline 25%, with a further 10% drop in 2020. The forecast is for the hog herd to be down by 50% by the end of 2019, before stabilizing somewhat in 2020. Other meat and seafood production and consumption will rise. Pork imports into China are already on the rise, with Spain, Germany, and Canada the key suppliers so far this year. However, we see the potential of non-EU countries gaining higher shares in 2020, as EU production doesn’t seem to be responding strongly enough to meet expected Chinese demand.

Impact on G&O: We are maintaining our projections for China’s feed use and soybean imports from last month. In 2019, the year-on-year drop of China’s hog feed is projected at 35%, with a 5% rebound in 2020. Poultry feed will rise significantly in 2019 and 2020, while aquafeed will only rise by about 5%, with other feed also only growing marginally. Still, total feed in 2019 is seen down...

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Sep 4 8:14 AM, General News


Carl’s Jr. Expands Partnership With Beyond Meat After Widespread Success at U.S. Locations

Carl’s Jr. today announced that the brand is expanding its partnership with Beyond Meat® to launch the Beyond Famous Star with Cheese in Canada, the brand’s first expansion of the product into an international market building on the success of the burger in the U.S.

The Beyond Famous Star is a flexitarian take on the restaurant’s fan-favorite Famous Star burger, featuring the 100% plant-based patty from Beyond Meat. The quarter-pound patty is cooked top-to-bottom over an open flame in Carl’s Jr.’s unique char broiler, packing its delicious flavour right into the burger.

“After the wild success of the Beyond Famous Star in our U.S. Carl’s Jr. locations and hearing consumer feedback and demand for a plant-based option at our Canada locations, we knew it was the perfect time to add the Beyond Famous Star to our menu...

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Aug 29 9:13 AM, General News


Cargill Invests Additional $75 Million to Propel PURIS Pea Protein Production in the US

Cargill has invested an additional $75 million in PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein. The investment enables PURIS to more than double its pea protein production using an existing 200,000 square-foot facility in Dawson, Minn. This investment will position PURIS to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for its category leading pea proteins, starches and fibers all grown and produced through its unique vertically integrated and transparent supply chain.

“This is more than a pea protein facility. This is the future of food. The Dawson facility will not only support PURIS farmers in the U.S. with a crop that regenerates their land and that is sustainable because it provides soil health advantages but will also support the growing demand for...

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Aug 28 10:05 AM, General News


KFC Sold Out of Its Beyond Fried Chicken Nuggets and Wings 

Yesterday, Kentucky Fried Chicken became the first national U.S. quick service restaurant to introduce plant-based chicken, through a partnership with Beyond Meat. The new plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken offers the fried chicken flavor KFC delivers as an option for those searching for alternative protein options on-the-go. Consumers in Atlanta, Georgia were the first to have the opportunity to try KFC's Beyond Fried Chicken as part of an exclusive one restaurant test. Those that wanted to be among the first to try the new plant-based chicken were invited to stop by the Cobb Parkway restaurant for a complimentary sample with the purchase of any KFC menu item.

Beyond Fried Chicken was available in nuggets with a choice of dipping sauce, or boneless wings. KFC tweeted that the plant-based chicken had sold out, with some reports indicating that the restaurant ran out of the product in...

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Aug 28 9:49 AM, Urner Barry


Greenleaf Foods, SPC, Names Adam Grogan Chief Operating Officer

Plant-based protein leader Greenleaf Foods, SPC, today named Adam Grogan Chief Operating Officer effective September 9, 2019. Grogan currently serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, Research and Development at Greenleaf's Toronto-based parent company Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. (TSX: MFI) where he has distinguished himself as an expert brand marketer, innovator and scaled operational leader.

The appointment comes at a time when Greenleaf Foods, SPC, is focused on growing its plant-based protein business and building North America's largest plant-based protein facility in Shelbyville, Indiana, to meet demand for its innovative products.

"Adam brings tremendous commercial expertise, strong operational experience and leadership to this new role. And, his technological knowledge and capabilities will be invaluable to Greenleaf at this critical juncture in our rapidly growing business," said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods, SPC. "Adam's passion and ability to deliver breakthrough innovation and...

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Aug 28 9:04 AM, General News


KFC Leads as First National U.S. QSR to Test Plant-Based Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken® becomes the first national U.S. QSR (quick service restaurant) to introduce a plant-based chicken, in partnership with Beyond Meat®. Beyond Fried Chicken™ will make its debut August 27 in a limited test.

The new plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken offers the finger lickin' good fried chicken flavor only KFC can deliver as a perfect choice for those searching for plant-based meat options on-the-go.

Atlantans will be the first to get a taste of KFC's new Beyond Fried Chicken as part of an exclusive, one restaurant test on August 27 at the...

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Aug 26 10:27 AM, General News


Taco Del Mar Goes “Beyond Meat” with New Taco Made with Plant-Based Protein

Taco Del Mar is introducing plant-based protein to its current vegetarian and vegan menu with its new Beyond Meat Taco. Beginning August 20, the taco chain will be testing its new offering at 10 restaurant locations, spread between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.

The Beyond Meat Taco features the popular plant-based Beyond Beef Feisty Crumbles mixed with medium chipotle salsa, diced onions and minced serrano peppers, topped with shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and jalapeños served on warm corn tortillas. The plant-based protein is also available...

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Aug 20 8:21 AM, General News


HelloFresh Adds Beyond Meat to Menu Line-Up

HelloFresh, the leader in delivering delicious ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes to households worldwide, today announced the introduction of the Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat, a market leader in the plant-based meat category. Offered as part of HelloFresh’s premium Craft Burger collection, HelloFresh customers can now order the first recipe Goudalicious Beyond Burgers paired with Potato Wedges and Creamy Mustard Aioli, which will begin shipping to customers nationwide the week of September 14, 2019.

“We are always looking to expand our menu offerings and provide customers with exciting, new recipe choices that appeal to a variety of palates and eating preferences,” said Marcel Comtois, Vice President of Procurement, HelloFresh US. “With the addition of the Beyond Burger to our menus, we’re excited to give our home cooks the opportunity to...

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Aug 19 9:05 AM, General News


Smithfield Foods Launches Plant-Based Protein Portfolio Under Pure Farmland Brand

Smithfield Foods, Inc. today announced that it is launching a plant-based protein portfolio under the company’s Pure Farmland brand. The new line comes in a variety of breakfast patties, meatballs, burger patties, and pre-seasoned protein starters to help consumers grow their plant-based protein options for all meal occasions, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers.

The brand-new Pure Farmland soy-based line features eight fresh, versatile, juicy, and flavorful products. Proudly crafted in the USA, all items are made with natural flavors, are gluten and dairy free, and serve as a good source of protein. Given that soy is a complete protein, it provides levels of all essential...

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Aug 13 8:15 AM, General News


Sodexo Launches Impossible Burger Menu at More than 1,500 U.S. Locations

Sodexo will be debuting a new product line featuring the Impossible Burger at more than 1,500 locations in the United States. The new menu will launch on August 19th with eight plant-based products, including a sausage muffin sandwich, sausage gravy and biscuits, steakhouse burger, and creole burger. The menu will be offered at colleges, universities, healthcare, and corporate services accounts.

Rob Morasco, Sodexo's Senior Director of Culinary Development, said, "Sodexo is committed to providing customers with more plant-forward and sustainable options as part of their diet, and we are excited to expand our menu to include the Impossible Burger's flavorful blend, which will...

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Aug 8 9:43 AM, Urner Barry


Nielsen: Meet the New "Meat" Eater

Meat alternatives have made a big splash in consumer packaged goods (CPG), and sales are on the rise. But are manufacturers and retailers doing enough to educate consumers in this space? Getting consumers to try trendy plant-based foods is one thing, but encouraging long-term adoption and lifestyle change is another.

Today’s shoppers are, in many cases, omnivores, but they’re playing the field when it comes to exploring meat alternatives in their search for dietary protein. In fact, protein-seeking consumers are more likely than ever to consider all the options available to them. Nielsen Homescan consumer purchase metrics indicate that 98% of meat alternative buyers in America also purchase meat products. Conversely, 21% of U.S. meat buyers, also purchase...

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Aug 8 9:26 AM, General News


Subway and Beyond Meat Unveil Partnership and the Beyond Meatball Marinara 

Subway fans know they can customize their favorite sub to fit any lifestyle and now guests have even more options. Today, Subway unveils a new culinary innovation partnership with Beyond Meat to test exclusive plant-based protein options. Starting this September and for a limited time only, Subway restaurants will test the Beyond Meatball Marinara sub in 685 participating restaurants in Canada and the U.S.

The strategic collaboration with Beyond Meat reflects Subway's continued culinary innovation journey to offer guests even more best-in-class food experiences that they can only find at Subway restaurants. In the past month, Subway has announced exclusive partnerships to offer...

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Aug 7 9:00 AM, General News


Innovation is Bringing New Excitement to the Burger Category in Canada

More Canadians today than a year ago say they’re ordering burgers from foodservice at least once a month, and the growth of the LSR burger category is outpacing the industry. In the 2019 Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report, Technomic dives into the factors at play, including innovations such as plant-based burgers and unique flavour profiles.

“The bigger the burger category gets, the more important it is that operators maintain points of differentiation,” explains Charles Winship, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Responding to demands for plant-based options as well as spicier, bolder flavours will be critical as brands look to offer burgers that truly stand out.”

Key takeaways from the report include...

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Aug 5 8:13 AM, General News


Burger King to Launch the Impossible Whopper Nationwide

Burger King restaurants announced today that it is bringing the plant-based Impossible Whopper sandwich nationwide this month. Starting on August 8, guests across the nation will be able to visit their local BK restaurant, or order for delivery via the BK App and through DoorDash, to try the Impossible Whopper for a limited time only and decide for themselves if it delivers the same flame-grilled, juicy craveability of the famous Whopper sandwich.

The Impossible Whopper is 100% Whopper, 0% beef. It features a flame-grilled patty made from plants topped with freshly sliced tomatoes and onions, crisp lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup and zesty pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun.

“We are really excited to be able to offer our new Impossible Whopper to our guests across the country at an unbeatable value for a limited time,” said Chris Finazzo, President, North America, Burger King Corporation. “Since we first launched our market tests in St. Louis in April, and...

 

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Aug 1 10:01 AM, General News


FDA Authorizes Soy Leghemoglobin as a Color Additive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in ground beef analogue products (e.g., “veggie” burgers). The FDA is taking this action in response to a color additive petition submitted by Impossible Foods, Inc. requesting FDA to issue a regulation listing the use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in food.

This final rule is in response to a color additive petition submitted by Impossible Foods, Inc., filed on November 5, 2018. The FDA reviewed the information and data submitted by the firm, as well as other relevant information, and concluded...

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Aug 1 9:06 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results 

Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ:BYND) (“Beyond Meat” or “the Company”), a leader in plant-based meat, today reported financial results for its second quarter and six months ended June 29, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights Compared to Prior Year Period

  • Net revenues were $67.3 million, an increase of 287%;
  • Gross profit was $22.7 million, or 33.8% as a percentage of net revenues, compared to gross profit of $2.6 million, or 15.0% as a percentage of net revenues, in the year-ago period;
  • Net loss was $9.4 million, or a loss of $0.24 per common share, compared to net loss of $7.4 million, or a loss of $1.22 per common share in the year-ago period; and...
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Jul 30 8:21 AM, General News


Tim Hortons to Offer JUST Egg in Canada 

Tim Hortons, which is owned by Restaurant Brands International, started offering alternative proteins earlier this year. The first plant-based item to be featured on the menu is Beyond Meat's alternative sausage for three breakfast sandwiches. The quick service restaurant recently began offering the Beyond Burger as well, the first burger to appear on the menu. Now, plant-based company JUST Egg has received its first fast-food deal with Tim Hortons.

Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for JUST, stated that "Canada is one of the most requested markets for JUST and we're excited to be able to offer our product at select Tim Hortons locations for this market test." Tim Hortons reported that the restaurant will...

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Jul 26 8:18 AM, Urner Barry


Dunkin' to Offer Beyond Meat Products in Manhattan 

The Big Apple is where Dunkin' and Beyond Meat are bringing their biggest breakfast news of the year, presenting a new plant-based menu option for Dunkin' guests in Manhattan. Dunkin' today announced a new partnership with Beyond Meat, one of the fastest growing U.S. food companies offering a portfolio of revolutionary plant-based meats, to introduce the Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, available now at participating Dunkin' restaurants in Manhattan with plans for a future national rollout. With the launch, Dunkin' is the first U.S. restaurant brand to Go Beyond™ traditional on-the-go breakfast choices by serving Beyond Breakfast Sausage.

The Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich offers the delicious taste and texture millions of Dunkin' breakfast sandwich customers enjoy and expect with a juicy, savory breakfast sausage patty – but made with 100% plant-based ingredients and...

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Jul 24 9:30 AM, General News


Tim Hortons Expands Beyond Meat Offerings 

After the successful launch of three new Beyond Meat® Breakfast Sandwiches last month, Tim Hortons is expanding plant‑based offerings to the lunch and dinner menu with two new, delicious Beyond Burgers. This marks the first time Tim Hortons has been able to include a burger on the menu because the burger patty is prepared in the same way as the Beyond Sausage™ patty for the new breakfast sandwiches.

The 100% plant‑based burger patty was developed by Beyond Meat to taste like a beef burger. The result is a truly satisfying burger experience that is now available at the nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons restaurants nationwide.

There are two Beyond Burgers for guests to enjoy from coast to coast...

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Jul 18 11:50 AM, General News


Quick Service Burger Buyers Mix it Up Between Plant-Based and Beef

Plant-based burgers are increasingly finding their way on to quick service restaurants (QSRs) menu boards and customers are responding. There were 228 million servings of plant-based burgers ordered at QSRs in the year ending May, up 10 percent from a year ago, reports The NPD Group. With all of the buzz surrounding the popularity of plant-based burgers some are wondering if veggie burgers are closing in on beef burgers or if the growth of plant-based burgers corresponds to an increase in vegetarianism or veganism. Here are some answers.

Beef burgers are still by far the most popular burger ordered at QSRs. There were 6.4 billion beef burgers ordered at QSRs in the year ending May 2019, and although growth is flat compared to year ago, beef burgers are still...

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Jul 18 8:14 AM, General News


Blue Apron Introduces Beyond Meat on Menus Beginning in August

Beginning this summer, home cooks across the country can explore cooking seasonal recipes from Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) that feature plant-based proteins from Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND), a leader in plant-based meat. Blue Apron x Beyond Meat recipes will be included on Blue Apron’s Signature Two-Serving Plan starting in August with flavorful summer burgers specially crafted by the Blue Apron Culinary Team that feature the popular Beyond Burger™. Consumers can begin placing orders for the new August recipes now through Blue Apron’s website and mobile app.

“We know a growing number of customers are interested in plant-based proteins, whether as an alternative to meat, a desire to explore a new ingredient, or an opportunity to...

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Jul 17 10:03 AM, General News


Gardein Adds New Items to its Plant-Based Line-up

Gardein, a brand of Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is answering the growing demand for plant-based food by expanding its line of meat-free dishes, including new items that feature pea and wheat protein. In the past, meat substitutes were mostly tailored to vegans and vegetarians. Now more than ever, people are seeking a flexitarian diet due to a variety of lifestyle and dietary needs including animal welfare, health and sustainability.

"Fifty two percent of households purchase plant-based foods and more than 60 percent..."

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Jul 17 9:40 AM, General News


NUGGS, the World's First "Chicken" Nugget Startup, Launches

NUGGS, the "chicken" nugget startup, is pleased to announce its official launch. Founded by 19-year-old tech wunderkind and entrepreneur Ben Pasternak, NUGGS will disrupt the animal-based meat industry with its new nugget technology.

NUGGS are a more advanced version of the animal-based chicken nuggets that have dominated the market for decades. After over a year of research and development, NUGGS has developed a nugget that uses an advanced texturized pea protein technology to create a nugget with the best texture, crunch and taste...

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Jul 9 1:52 PM, General News


Packaged Facts: Retail Market for Meat Substitutes Now a Billion Dollar Industry

Major opportunities remain in meat and poultry, though not in the usual ways or for the usual players, according to U.S. Food Market Outlook 2019, a report by market research firm Packaged Facts.

Leading players have done much to innovate in meat and poultry with new and acquired products that offer premium farm-to-table experiences with authentic stories; organic ingredients; or grass-fed, free-range, and locally raised animals. Most importantly, they will continue to do so. Nevertheless, meat substitutes and alternatives have...

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Jul 5 8:20 AM, General News


Famous Dave's Announces Partnership with Beyond Meat

Famous Dave's is pleased to announce a partnership with Beyond Meat and will be launching a test of plant-based protein menu items in mid-August. The test will roll out initially in five locations, four throughout Colorado and one in Minneapolis, MN.

"For 25 years, our menu has included meat alternative options. In listening to our fans, we see tremendous opportunity to cater to their evolving palates and look forward to expanding the menu even further," said Jeff Crivello, CEO of Famous Dave's. "We remain committed to continued menu innovation and look forward to exploring delicious plant-based options for our guests."

The Famous Dave's culinary team has gone through months of testing, experimenting with different recipes and ingredients. The savory Beyond Meat test menu items will include...

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Jul 1 8:17 AM, General News


Grubhub's 'State of the Plate' Highlights Top Dining Trends of 2019

Grubhub released its “State of the Plate” report which breaks down America’s dining trends throughout 2019. Grubhub takes data from the 500,000-plus orders placed every day on its platform, and organizes them into different categories to help spot trends for 2019.

With winter and spring already wrapped up, Grubhub found some interesting findings, while their outlook for summer and fall provide some potential trends that could burst onto the scene when as the year moves forward.

Grubhub’s top takeaway involved...

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Jun 26 10:14 AM, Urner Barry


Interstate Hotels & Resorts Breaks Out of the Bun with New Beyond Burger Promotion

As consumers are increasingly changing their diets to plant-based foods, Interstate Hotels & Resorts – a global leader in third-party hotel and resort management – is going beyond traditional menus at the company's hotels and restaurants this summer through a partnership with Beyond Meat® (NASDAQ: BYND) and their famous Beyond BurgerTM.

From July 15 – October 31, 2019, Interstate's restaurant and banquet menus will feature recipes using the Beyond Burger, a plant-based take on the perfect summer meal. With a mission to create the Future of Protein®, Beyond has designed a revolutionary plant-based burger to have the meaty taste, texture and versatility consumers love about ground beef, but with the added health and sustainability benefits of plant-based meat.

With 7.3 million people in the U.S. alone following a vegetarian-based diet, of which 1 million are vegan, Interstate wanted to reach all guests with menu options that appeal to vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat-eaters by offering...

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Jun 25 8:18 AM, General News


Research and Markets: The Plant-Based Meat Market Poised to Grow 

The "Global Plant-Based Meat Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2027" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The Global Plant-Based Meat Market is poised to grow strong during the forecast period 2017 to 2027.

Some of the prominent trends that the market is witnessing include creation of flavour components, alternative proteins and flexitarian diets and likemeat project serves as the base.

Based on product, the market is categorized into burger patties, meatballs, natto, sausages, strips & nuggets and other products. Depending on type, the market is segregated into...

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Jun 21 8:23 AM, General News


Del Taco Introduces New Signature Burritos Crafted with Beyond Meat Plant-Based Protein

Lake Forest, CA (Restaurant News Release) Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant,* today announced that after one of the most successful product launches in its history, the company is now expanding its partnership with Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) to offer the brand’s 100 percent plant-based protein option in two new signature protein-packed burritos, the Beyond 8 Layer Burrito and the Epic Beyond Cali Burrito, at its more than 580 locations across the country.

With the nationwide launch of its Beyond Tacos in April, Del Taco became the first national Mexican fast food chain to add a 100 percent plant-based protein option to its menu. Since then, Del Taco has sold nearly two million Beyond Tacos and Beyond Avocado Tacos, with close to 100,000 hand-sliced avocados used for the Beyond Avocado Taco alone...

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Jun 20 12:34 PM, General News


Tyson Foods Unveils Alternative Protein Products and New Raised & Rooted Brand

As part of efforts to expand its protein offerings, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NSYE: TSN) today introduced the company’s first plant-based and blended products, along with its new Raised & Rooted® brand. The initiative makes Tyson Foods the largest U.S. meat producer to enter the growing alternative protein segment with its own products.

TheRaised & Rooted brand was created to provide great-tasting plant-based and blended foods that are rooted in how people eat today. The initial products under this new brand, which will launch with several major retail customers this year, include plant-based nuggets as well as blended burgers made with a combination of beef and plants. In addition, the company’s existing Aidells® brand has launched Aidells Whole Blends™ sausage and meatballs, made with chicken and plant-based ingredients.

Tyson Foods expects to introduce additional alternative protein products through multiple customers and sales channels. This includes...

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Jun 13 9:27 AM, General News


Perdue Foods Launches Chicken Plus Products 

Plant-based food may be one of the hottest trends in grocery today, but for parents trying to get their kids to eat their vegetables the struggle is still real. To help flexitarian families who are hungry for new ways to fill the vegetable void without sacrificing flavor or nutrition, Perdue is introducing first-of-its-kind nationally distributed new PERDUE® CHICKEN PLUS™ Nuggets, Tenders and Patties blended with vegetables.

Perdue’s latest innovation PERDUE® CHICKEN PLUS™ blends cauliflower, chickpeas and plant protein to create the next generation of frozen chicken nuggets, tenders and patties, and each serving is complete with one-quarter cup (half a serving of vegetables) and is made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients and no antibiotics ever white meat chicken...

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Jun 12 9:03 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Partners with Zandbergen to Launch Production in Europe

Beyond Meat announced a partnership with Zandbergen World's Finest Meats to produce its plant-based meats at a facility in Europe. The companies expect the facility to be up and running by 2020.

This will mark the first time Beyond Meat will hold production outside of the United States. The new space will allow Beyond Meat to quickly distribute their products to Europe while shrinking their transportation footprint. 

“The consumer response in Europe has been very positive and we look forward to being able to better serve those customers..."

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May 28 10:12 AM, General News


Little Caesars And Impossible Foods Team Up For Impossible Supreme Pizza

Little Caesars, the pizza chain celebrated for meat-centric products including a pizza wrapped in three feet of bacon, has teamed up with Impossible Foods to offer a plant-based sausage on the new Impossible™ Supreme pizza.

The Impossible Supreme is a large pizza topped with sauce made from fresh-packed, vine-ripened California crushed tomatoes, covered with mozzarella and Muenster cheese, and loaded with a generous portion of seasoned Impossible™ Sausage made from plants, caramelized onions, mushrooms and green peppers.

Impossible Supreme Pizza is now available exclusively in three Little Caesars test markets in Florida, New Mexico and Washington state...

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May 21 1:40 PM, General News


Cargill Invests in Cultured Meat Company Aleph Farms

The demand for protein is expected to grow 70% over the next 30 years as the global population increases significantly. With an eye to complementing its focus on animal protein, Cargill announced today it will invest in Aleph Farms, a cultured meat company focused on growing complex meat varieties like steak.

Cargill is participating in a Series A investment round led by VisVires New Protein and joined by several other investors looking to move Aleph Farms’ product from prototype to the commercial marketplace. Aleph Farms grows meat directly from beef cells using a 3D tissue engineering platform. In December 2018, it achieved a world-first by demonstrating...

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May 14 9:18 AM, General News


Vegan Burger Maker Beyond Meat Sizzles in Market Debut

Shares of vegan burger maker Beyond Meat Inc surged 84 percent in their market debut on Thursday, as investors look to cash in on the growing popularity of plant-based meat alternatives.

The stock opened at $46, well above its IPO price of $25, giving Beyond Meat a market capitalization of around $2.75 billion, including underwriters' option.

Shares surged to $50 just minutes after starting to trade and were halted due to volatility. They have since resumed trading at more than...

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May 3 8:32 AM, General News


UB Executive Conference: Alyssa Rebensdorf Reveals the Regulatory Implications of Meat Alternatives

It’s the elephant in the room—plant and cell-based meat alternatives. Everyone is talking about it and many are unsure what to do about it. Attendees at the 2019 Executive Conference heard from Alyssa Rebensdorf, Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on what some of the regulatory implications of this growing trend look like.

To put it in perspective, yearly growth of plant-based meats went from 6 percent in 2017 to 24 percent in 2018. During the same time, animal meat saw a 2 percent growth rate, according to Nielsen. However, meat sales total $89.4 billion while plant-based alternatives accounted for...

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Apr 30 2:52 PM, Urner Barry


EU Set to Ban Meat Names for Veggie Alternatives 

What’s in a name? The fast-growing meat substitute market may soon face this question as meat-related terms and names could be banned for veggie alternatives, following a vote from the EU’s Agriculture Committee’s in early April. Terms such as steak, sausage, escalope, burger and hamburger will no longer be allowed for vegetable-based products, if the measures pass the next stages. However, they still face a vote by the full parliament, then need to be put to member states and the European commission.

Upping the likelihood of approval is a similar ban on the use of dairy product names such as milk, cheese or yogurt for plant-based products which came into force in...

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Apr 26 3:31 PM, General News


Expect more Veggie-Forward Menus in 2019 as Plant-Based Cuisine Moves to Center of the Plate

Vegetables and plant-based cuisine take center stage in this year’s “What’s Hot Culinary Forecast,” after years of being relegated as side dishes or vegetarian entrees. Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine ranked No. 8 of 140 trends, showing that vegetables can play a starring role. Plant-based sausage/burgers ranked second in the protein category, behind new cuts of meat.

Why have carrots, rutabagas and radishes suddenly become sexy? Partly because chefs have found techniques that draw out their rich and nuanced flavors. Take “Rutabaga Fondue,” a signature menu item at Philadelphia’s Vedge and Washington DC’s Fancy Radish, both owned by Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. The chefs coax out an unexpected cheesy flavor by using nutritional yeast. “You can take the humblest of vegetables, like the rutabaga, and turn it into something ...

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Jan 10 9:58 AM, General News




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