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A Snapshot of Plant-Based Protein Growth Amid the Pandemic
Alternative protein markets, and those specifically utilized in the production of plant-based meat analogues, continue to boon as a result of COVID-19 economic implications. Primarily used to produce beef-like substitutes, products from companies like...
Beyond Meat to Expand Walmart Distribution
Beyond Meat, Inc. announced a major expansion in its long-standing relationship with Walmart. Following this summer’s successful launch of the Cookout Classic value pack, Beyond Meat’s most affordable product offering to date, this fall, Walmart plans to triple availability of the Beyond Burger from approximately 800 locations to more than 2,400 stores nationwide beginning next week. The move comes as part of Beyond Meat’s effort to increase worldwide accessibility to simple, plant-based meat products made without GMOs.
Beyond Meat first launched its frozen products at Walmart in 2015. Since then, Walmart has expanded its Beyond Meat in-store offerings to include the Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage in the fresh meat aisle and most recently...
Sysco Announces Launch of New Menu Concepts
Sysco Corporation announced the nationwide launch of ten exciting menu concepts exclusively for Sysco customers through the company’s Cutting Edge Solutions platform. These chef-tested and innovative products are being launched to help foodservice operators with on-trend dining options as they enter a new normal phase of restaurant dining amidst the global pandemic.
Designed to help Sysco’s customers stay ahead of their competition, Cutting Edge Solutions products are sourced from best-in-class suppliers at the forefront of innovation. Each offering meets important dining trends such as...
Good Food Institute’s Alison Rabschnuk Talks About the Growing Demand for Alternative Proteins
The plant-based food industry has not been immune to the impacts of COVID-19. Just like those in poultry, beef and seafood, the shutdown of the foodservice industry forced those in the plant-based world to shift their focus to retail. Fortunately for them, plant-based proteins have seen a significant jump in retail sales growth.
According to Alison Rabschnuk, Director of Corporate Engagement of the Good Food Institute, a non-profit that provides strategic support for companies working on plant-based and cultivated meat products...
Sweet Earth Foods Launches Plant-Based Bacon Cheeseburger in Foodservice
Sweet Earth Foods, a Nestlé brand and award-winning plant-based food innovator, announced the launch of their Plant-Based Triple Play, a fully plant-based bac'n cheezeburger to debut in foodservice.
The launch will debut at The University of Massachusetts Dining Program, which is the largest collegiate dining program in America and a recognized leader in campus food quality, nutrition, and innovation.
To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day (September 18th), they'll feature the Sweet Earth Plant-Based Triple Play in their Amherst location's dining halls, take-away, through...
Study Sheds Light on U.S. Consumer Preferences on Conventional and Alternative Protein Products
In the past six months, players within the plant-based protein industry have been dazzled by the performance of their alternative burgers, patties, nuggets, and sausages. As reported by the Good Food Institute (GFI) overall plant-based product sales increased to a peak of...
Colorado-Based Planterra Foods' Brand, OZO, Named the Plant-Based Food Choice of The Denver Broncos
Colorado's number one sports team and rising innovative local start-up, Planterra Foods, announced a three-year partnership with OZO, the Plant-Based Food Choice of the Denver Broncos. News of the two distinguished Colorado entities joining forces comes just in time for the Broncos' season opener against the Tennessee Titans, taking place tonight at 8:20 p.m. MST.
"At Planterra Foods, our goal is to provide delicious, clean and nutritious plant-based protein choices for everyone to experience, from vegans to flexitarians to meat-eaters. With our Colorado roots and focus on sourcing the heart of our products locally, it was very natural for us to team up with the Denver Broncos as we also share similar values in...
Beyond Meat Introduces Beyond Meatballs at Grocery Stores Nationwide
Beyond Meat announced that Beyond Meatballs will be rolling into grocery stores nationwide starting this week. With more consumers looking for nutritious options that are delicious and easy to prepare, Beyond Meatballs are conveniently pre-seasoned with a signature blend of Italian spices, pre-rolled and ready to cook.
Beyond Meatballs will be launching at grocery stores nationwide including Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop, Sprouts, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Albertsons, and others by early October. Sold in the fresh meat section with a suggested retail price of $6.99 for 12 meatballs, Beyond Meatballs have...
Impossible Foods Launches Plant-Based Sausage in Hong Kong
Impossible Foods is rolling out Impossible Sausage Made From Plants in Hong Kong, the first international market for the award-winning, plant-based patty.
Impossible Sausage is the company’s first all-new product since the 2016 debut of Impossible Burger. California-based Impossible Foods launched Impossible Sausage to much fanfare at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Within six months, the patties have become available at more than 22,000 locations throughout the United States.
Starting today, Hong Kongers can buy Starbucks’ Maize Impossible Sandwich at...
NotCo Closes $85 Million Series C Round and Announces U.S. Expansion
NotCo, a food-tech company in Latin America, has announced the closing of an $85 million Series C investment round, co-led by Future Positive. NotCo is a startup that utilizes proprietary technology that can match animal protein to its replacement among plant-based ingredients. NotCo has launched plant-based products including dairy, eggs, and meat. The company has launched NotMilk, NotBurger, NotIceCream, and NotMayo in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. In less than three years it has become a fast-growing food-tech company in Latin America.
The new funding comes as the company announces scaled up operations and marks plans for international expansion leading with an entry into the United States, a promising market for its portfolio of products of plant-based food. The company will evaluate both...
Planterra Foods Launches Plant-Based Offerings for Foodservice Operators
At a time when foodservice operators are pivoting to counteract the world's health pandemic, menu innovation, and addressing consumer's evolving demands are more vital than ever. Innovative Colorado-based start-up Planterra Foods is answering the call and launching a line of OZO plant-based protein products for foodservice. The OZO foodservice line is now available in four plant-based offerings: burgers, ground, nuggets and breakfast sausage patties, catering to all dayparts.
The debut of OZO will elevate the protein possibilities that foodservice operators can feature on their menu to attract new customers and increase check averages. To support its partners during this recovery period and...
Burger King Launches Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets in Germany
Burger King has added plant-based chicken nuggets to the menu at locations in Germany. The nuggets were created by The Vegetarian Butcher, a Holland-based brand that was acquired by Unilever in 2018. Burger King stated that the launch was in reaction to the trend of a growing number of consumers looking for plant-based options when dining out.
Hugo Verkuil, CEO of The Vegetarian Butcher, said, "The nuggets are soft and meat-like on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside and offer a delicious vegetable-based alternative for...
Beyond Meat Announces Agreement to Begin Production in China
Beyond Meat has signed an agreement with Jiaxing Economic & Technological Development Zone to design and develop manufacturing facilities in the JXEDZ, including a state-of-the-art production facility to manufacture plant-based meat products including beef, pork and chicken under the Beyond Meat brand in China. The production facilities will be located in the JXEDZ, a historic and commercially important development zone with ready access to Shanghai.
Beyond Meat, Inc. will be the first multinational company focused solely on plant-based meat production to bring its own major production facility into...
Impossible Foods Debuts in Canada as International Expansion Accelerates
Canada’s most reputable chefs are launching Impossible Foods’ flagship product at their restaurants from coast to coast.
In response to overwhelming demand, the Impossible Burger will become available later this year in a wide variety of additional restaurants and grocery stores nationwide -- but patrons of the country’s top restaurants can get an exclusive sneak peek for the next two weeks.
Starting today, Canadians can try the plant-based Impossible Burger in world-class restaurants by...
Del Taco and Beyond Meat Team Up with DoorDash to Offer Free Delivery this Labor Day Weekend
Del Taco Restaurants announced a new way to relax and enjoy a plant-based meal at home this Labor Day weekend, thanks to the brand’s partnership with Beyond Meat and DoorDash. Starting this Friday, September 4, through Monday, September 7, fans can use the DoorDash app to receive free delivery on all orders that include any Epic Burrito with Beyond Meat.
Del Taco’s foil-wrapped Epic Burritos deliver fast-casual quality with fast food convenience and value. Each burrito weighs about one pound, and are loaded with premium, fresh ingredients, and offered in combinations including...
Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Plans to Re-enter Market After Shutting Down in June
They may be down, but don't count them out.
Ocean Hugger Foods, the plant-based seafood company behind Ahimi and Unami, announced in June that they would be ceasing operations. However, co-founder and CEO David Benzaquen recently confirmed to Food Navigator that they are planning to relaunch "bigger and better than ever."
Ocean Hugger, like many others, suffered a devastating blow when the coronavirus shut down the economy. As a company that relied on the foodservice industry...
Eat Just Announces Retail Expansion for JUST Egg Product
Eat Just Inc. announced the largest expansion yet for its award-winning plant-based egg. By the end of the month, JUST Egg will be available at more than 17,000 points of retail distribution in the United States, a 40% increase and a testament to the breakout success of the pioneering product that launched nationwide last year.
Walmart will add the original 12-ounce pourable JUST Egg – perfect for scrambles, omelets, quiches, stir-fries and a variety of baking applications – to more than 1,900 stores coast-to-coast after it became a strong seller at hundreds of regional locations. About 900 Food Lion stores in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. and 170 Giant stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and...
Dr. Praeger’s Introduces New Plant-Based Turkey Burger
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods has introduced their newest meat-alternative patty — the Perfect Turk’y Burger.
The Perfect Turk’y Burger was created to have the look, taste, and texture of a turkey burger without the meat. Packed with 20g Pure Plant Protein and infused with carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash, the Perfect Turk’y Burger is plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free and non-GMO project verified.
“At Dr. Praeger’s we’re always innovating and looking to create new products that fill the needs of our ever-evolving community,” said Dr. Praeger’s CEO Larry Praeger. “As the average consumer seeks out more options for...
New Study Finds Many Americans Going Plant-Based for Breakfast
Over half of Americans are eating fewer animal products since the COVID-19 pandemic began and nearly six in 10 find themselves transitioning to a more flexitarian, or semi-vegetarian diet, citing health as their top reason for making the change, according to a new survey conducted by market research firm OnePoll. The poll of 2,000 adults was commissioned by Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create sustainable foods, ahead of Better Breakfast Month, observed annually in September.
Nearly 60% of respondents in the national general population survey said they “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” when asked whether their eating habits were increasingly shifting to plant-based, with 39% of participants 18-25 years old and 23% of participants 26-41 years old stating that...
Impossible Foods' Flagship Product Rolls Out at Sprouts Stores
Impossible Foods is rolling out its flagship product, Impossible Burger, starting this week at more than 350 Sprouts Farmers Market stores in 23 states.
Sprouts shoppers can find Impossible Burger in the frozen meat section of the store in convenient, versatile 12-ounce packages for the price of $9.99. The product is available for curbside pickup and delivery.
Impossible Burger is versatile in all ground meat recipes, including...
Beyond Meat Launches New E-Commerce Site
In an effort to make plant-based meat accessible to more consumers, Beyond Meat is launching a new e-commerce site and a whole new way to shop for Beyond Meat products. Featuring unparalleled access to a vast portfolio of signature plant-based meats, including all-new bulk packs, mixed product bundles, limited-time offers, trial packs and more, the direct-to-consumer site is a new and convenient way to experience Beyond Meat.
Available for order in the contiguous U.S., the online shop brings the plant-based meat directly to consumers doors, with...
QDOBA Tests Mexican Cauliflower Mash
QDOBA announced that it is testing Mexican Cauliflower Mash in 23 restaurants in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. QDOBA's Mexican Cauliflower Mash is a low-carb alternative to rice, made with cauliflower oven-roasted in-house and blended with fresh cilantro, pico de gallo and sour cream. This flavorful and keto-friendly option has 6 grams of carbs per 4 oz. serving.
"More than ever, guests are seeking low-carb options—whether cooking at home or ordering from...
Incogmeato Launches Partnership with Postmates to Bring a One-Bite Challenge to Plant-Based Skeptics
To celebrate National Burger Day on Aug. 27, Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms is issuing a simple challenge to flexitarian eaters in Dallas and Denver, and Twitter users nationwide – give Incogmeato's plant-based burger just one bite.
Sixty percent of Americans want to eat more plant-based but hesitate due to fears it won't taste as good as meat. Incogmeato is attempting to reassure flexitarians that its line of plant-based burgers, brats, sausage and chik'n nuggets look, cook and taste just like the real thing. To make overcoming first bite fears easy, Incogmeato is...
Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat Respond to Lightlife's 'Clean Break' Campaign
Lightlife, owned by Greenleaf Foods, announced earlier this week that it is making a 'clean break' from the competition. As the plant-based meat category is surging, with sales up 91% in the past year, there is rising concern among consumers about the ingredients in their food. This revelation inspired Lightlife to create a campaign to ensure consumers know exactly what they are eating.
“At Lightlife, we understand the factors that are driving the recent rise in plant-based protein sales,” said Dan Curtin, President of Lightlife Foods. “Because we care so much about leading the future of this important category and...
Lightlife Announces 'Clean Break' Campaign
Lightlife, owned by Greenleaf Foods, SPC, is making a clean break from its competition. The plant-based meat category is surging, with sales up 91% in the past year. Growing demand and research showing rising concern among consumers about the ingredients in their food have inspired Lightlife to ensure people know exactly what they’re eating.
Earlier this year, Lightlife announced changes to its product portfolio, including reformulating its...
Impossible Foods Launches Impossible Burger Patties in Grocery Stores
Impossible Foods’ flagship product is now available in packages of two pre-formed, quarter-pound (4-oz) patties at nearly 2,000 grocery stores nationwide owned by Kroger.
Patty packs of the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger will begin rolling out this week at Kroger-affiliated stores, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Mariano’s, Smith’s and more. Customers can find Impossible Burger patties in...
Japan Begins to Explore Regulations for Alternative Meat Products
To stimulate the use of non-traditional protein sources in the Japanese diet, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries established a public-private partnership to develop regulations for insect-based and plant-based foods derived through innovative technologies. In the last year alone, a number of large Japanese food companies have announced plans to develop plant-based “alternative meat” products.
On April 17, 2020, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) established the “Food Tech Study Group” to utilize new technologies and diversify protein sources in the Japanese diet. The group consists of...
7-Eleven's 'Sips & Snacks' are Back
7-Eleven is launching Sips & Snacks 2.0 – a sequel of its 2019 in-store test which includes a new wave of food and beverages – and Californians get to be first to try them. This year's Sips & Snacks program will stock 200 7-Eleven stores in both the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas with 84 exclusive items from a list of 25 hand-picked brands.
This special product assortment includes options for power-snackers, restricted diet-followers and anyone looking for ways to incorporate more functional, better-for-you sips and snacks to...
Hormel Ingredient Solutions Launches New Plant-Based Alternatives
With consumers clamoring for more plant-based products, Hormel Ingredient Solutions announced the launch of a new line of plant-based ingredient solutions available to food manufacturers across the country.
“These new products are designed to help food manufacturers incorporate more plant-based foods into their offerings for the growing number of consumers interested in adding these items to their diets,” said Paul Sheehan, director of sales for Hormel Ingredient Solutions.
Powered by pea protein, the new plant-based offerings include...
QDOBA Enhances Menu with New Signature Eats Entrees
QDOBA announced the introduction of its new Signature Eats menu that offers its guests unique chef-crafted flavor combinations, while also increasing convenience and flexibility. Now, in addition to the ability to create your own entreé through customizable options, QDOBA makes it easy to find your flavor through its set of Signature Eats recipes.
"Our new Signature Eats entrees are perfect for both first-time visitors and loyal fans," says Karin Silk, vice president of menu & off-premises at QDOBA. "The dishes feature curated combinations of our popular and freshly-prepared flavors. They are also...
KFC Canada Makes Plant-Based Chicken Sandwich a Permanent Menu Item
KFC Canada announced that Plant-Based KFC sandwiches will be available permanently coast-to-coast beginning August 10. After an incredibly successful pilot with plant-based partner Lightlife in 2019, vegetarians and flexitarians everywhere can now experience KFC.
"When we tested Plant-Based KFC by Lightlife late last year, we sold over a month's worth of sandwiches in six hours," said Samantha Redman, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC Canada. "Seeing the extraordinary demand for Plant-Based KFC, we worked quickly to bring these menu items to our restaurants across Canada."
Developed in response to Canada's evolving tastes and preferences for plant-based proteins, Plant-Based KFC is made in Canada by Lightlife, a leading plant-based protein brand whose portfolio of products are available in...
Beyond Meat Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Beyond Meat, Inc. reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 27, 2020.
Beyond Meat President and CEO Ethan Brown commented, "I am proud of our record net revenues and growth during a very challenging period. As the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the foodservice industry, we repurposed assets and repacked and rerouted products to meet increased consumer activity in the retail aisles. Throughout the quarter, our brand experienced an enviable combination of consumer trends – increasing household penetration; increasing buying levels per household; and strong repeat purchase rates of nearly...
Beyond Meat Expands Club Store Distribution with BJ's Wholesale and Sam's Club
Beyond Meat is working to increase accessibility to plant-based meat through the development of new sales channels, including club and convenience stores. The company, which offers an 8-pack of its flagship Beyond Burger, first broke into the club channel last year at Costco. This summer, Beyond Meat added partnerships with BJ’s Wholesale and Sam’s Club, unlocking partnerships with three major club stores.
“Having entered all national conventional retailers in the US, we looked for where the white space existed and club stores were the next logical step towards increasing accessibility to plant-based meat among mainstream consumers,” said Chuck Muth, Chief Growth Officer, Beyond Meat. “By offering the Beyond Burger in a larger format, we’re able to provide value to consumers and a more accessible entry point for...
Impossible Foods Debuts at Walmart
Impossible Foods’ flagship product will begin rolling out at Walmart.
The Impossible Burger has started hitting Walmart shelves and will soon be stocked in nearly 2,100 Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Neighborhood Market locations. Customers can find Impossible Burger in the fresh meat section of the store in convenient, versatile 12-ounce packages. Impossible Burger is also available through Walmart Grocery Pickup & Delivery.
With the addition of Walmart locations, Impossible Burger will be available in more than 8,000 brick-and-mortar grocery stores across all 50 states -- a more than 50X increase...
Wawa Launches New Plant-Based Protein Breakfast Options
Wawa announced the addition of a new plant-based Sizzli Breakfast Sandwich made with Beyond Breakfast Sausage from Beyond Meat. The new Sizzli sandwich featuring Beyond Breakfast Sausage is now available in all 650 stores in its Mid-Atlantic Operating area of PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and Washington, D.C., and will be available in all 220 stores in Florida starting on Monday, August 10.
Made with simple, plant-based ingredients, like peas and brown rice, without GMOs, soy, gluten or artificially produced ingredients, Beyond Breakfast Sausage is available as part of a Sizzli breakfast sandwich served with egg and cheese on a bagel. Beyond Breakfast Sausage is also available to...
Leading Food Firms Create Dedicated Teams for Plant-Based Products
A four-year investor engagement with 25 giant food retailers and manufacturers, led by the FAIRR investor network, has found that two in five global food giants with combined annual revenues of $459 billion now have dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy; with Tesco and Unilever ranked top.
New research shows that over $1.1 billion of venture investment has flowed into alternative proteins in the first half of 2020, more than double last year's total investment ($534 million). The alternative protein market is expected to grow to...
Vegan Seafood Makers, Gathered Foods, Appoints New CEO
Gathered Foods, the makers of vegan seafood brand Good Catch, announced on Thursday that they have appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. Christine Mei will be joining the company as CEO, and will work alongside previous CEO and co-founder Chris Kerr.
Mei has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from Rice University. She joins the Gathered Foods team with over 30 years of CPG industry experience. Her previous roles include serving as Corporate Senior Vice President for Beiersdorf’s Asia Pacific Region...
Beyond Meat Brings Latest Iteration of the Beyond Burger to Canada
Beyond Meat is announcing its latest iteration of the Beyond Burger, produced locally at a co-manufacturing facility in Canada, is now available at major grocery stores nationwide. This latest version of the Beyond Burger, Beyond Meat’s flagship product, has 20g of protein derived from simple, plant-based ingredients like peas, mung beans and rice, and features marbling made from cocoa butter that is designed to melt and tenderize like beef.
Canada continues to be an important part of Beyond Meat’s long-term growth strategy and producing the Beyond Burger locally in Canada enables Beyond Meat to better serve the Canadian market, while...
Kentucky Fried Chicken to Offer Plant-Based Chicken in Southern California
Beyond Fried Chicken is back! Kentucky Fried Chicken and Beyond Meat announced today a sneak peek of Beyond Fried Chicken, their plant-based chicken collaboration, in Southern California. Beginning July 20, Beyond Fried Chicken will be available for customers in more than 50 select KFC restaurants in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas, while supplies last.
Beyond Fried Chicken is plant-based protein that boasts the flavors of KFC’s world-famous fried chicken and has a texture that looks and pulls apart like a chicken breast. KFC and Beyond Meat worked together to develop a plant-based fried chicken that would appeal to...
Lightlife Launches Plant-Based Burger at All Harvey’s Restaurants Across Canada
Lightlife, owned by Greenleaf Foods, launched its reinvented Lightlife Burger at more than 250 Harvey’s locations across Canada. The new Plant-Based Burger recipe includes only simple ingredients like pea protein, coconut oil and garlic powder, and has 17 grams of protein and only five grams of saturated fat.
“Our partnership with Harvey’s reflects our shared food philosophy that embraces balance and eating fresh ingredients. We’re excited for new and loyal plant-based consumers alike to taste the difference in our reinvented Plant-Based Burger that’s made-to-order and...
JUST Egg to Debut at Select Retailers in Canada this Fall
Eat Just, Inc., announced that its award-winning plant-based egg will be coming to Whole Foods Market and select Walmart stores in Canada this fall. Canada is one of the most requested markets for the product, which has been a breakout success in retail and foodservice channels in the United States since its nationwide launch last year.
The newly released fluffy, folded format, will be marketed as JUST Plant Egg in Canada. It will be sold as a box of four in the frozen aisle at Whole Foods Market in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Ottawa, and at more than 100 Walmart stores coast-to-coast. Additional on-shelf details will be announced at a later date.
In the U.S., sales of the toaster-ready product have surged since April, and it is now the #1 frozen breakfast entrée by velocity in the Natural Channel, according to...
Impossible Foods’ Growth Accelerates as Restaurant Sales Rebound and Retail Orders Surge
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Impossible Foods has expanded its grocery store footprint by more than 30X, and the food tech startup is on track to increase retail availability 50X throughout 2020.
Impossible Burger was sold in only 150 grocery stores in March. Impossible Foods’ plant-based burger is now available in more than 5,000 grocery stores across 48 states, including the nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, as well as Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Gelson’s, Safeway, Vons, and Wegmans.
Last month, Ahold Delhaize-owned stores on the East Coast, including Giant, Giant Martin’s and Stop & Shop, began selling Impossible Burger. And Impossible Foods’ flagship product will...
Sweet Earth Foods Debuts New Plant-Based Burgers
Sweet Earth Foods announced the release of its Awesome Bacon Burger. The new burger extends the plant-based food makers' portfolio just in time for grilling season, as nearly 40 percent of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods, according to Nielsen.
The Sweet Earth Awesome Bacon Burger is a smoky plant-based burger infused with vegan bacon bits. Made of textured pea protein, this plant-based burger contains 26g of protein per serving (27% DV) and is non-GMO project certified. The burger will be hitting shelves of HEB starting this week with nationwide distribution increasing over the coming weeks.
"We are so excited to announce the release of the Awesome Bacon Burger as the first-ever vegan bacon burger, proving eating plant-based can be...
Chipotle to Test New Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice in Select Markets
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it will test Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice at 55 restaurants in Denver and throughout Wisconsin starting July 15. Chipotle's latest plant-based option is made with real, grilled cauliflower, seasoned with fresh-chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt, prepared fresh in-restaurant every day. As many brands look to limit menu offerings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chipotle is continuing to explore menu innovations that align with its Food with Integrity standards.
"To date, one out of three new menu item requests from Chipotle customers is for Cauliflower Rice," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "We've answered the call from fans and created a better-for-you option that puts a delicious twist on our classic white rice recipe by using the same fresh cilantro and lime ingredients and...
Grubhub Releases Second Annual State of the Plate Report
We're officially in the second half of 2020, and it's time to turn the dial back to take a look at how we ate our way through the beginning of a year unlike any other we've seen before. Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, launched its latest report, "State of the Plate", looking at trends across the more than half a million orders placed a day. Grubhub's mid-year report checks in on the popular food trends to date and what quarantined Americans ordered through contact-free delivery, and predicts what we can expect to see more of in the second half of the year.
From grabbing a chorizo burrito (270% more popular) for breakfast, a cheesy breadstick snack (412% more popular), a plant-based burger (291% more popular), or a fit-for-quarantine meal kit (orders of meal kits rose 55%), below are the trends loved so far this year...
Conagra Brands Launches More Than Two Dozen New Products, Hitting Shelves This Summer
Conagra Brands, Inc. is celebrating the summer with the debut of more than two dozen new products. More people are cooking and eating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Birds Eye, Marie Callender's, Healthy Choice and Snack Pack are among the brands bringing new items to market to satisfy evolving consumer needs. The new items from Conagra Brands will be hitting store shelves this summer.
New Plant-Based Meal and Snack Options
Plant-based products continue to rise in popularity, and not just for vegetarians and vegans, but for flexitarians too. Nearly 40% of Americans are attempting to incorporate more plant-based options into their diets. To answer the increased demand, brands including Birds Eye, Gardein, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's have developed new items including...
Purple Carrot Launches New Single Serve, Frozen Meals in Retail
Purple Carrot, known for its e-commerce subscription plant-based meal kit, announced their new 100% plant-based, single serve meals are now available in the frozen aisle at most Whole Foods Market stores across the country. Purple Carrot created these meals with the same flavor profiles and nutritional philosophies that are core to its meal kit offering.
The frozen foods market has been growing exponentially during the last few years, specifically for products that align with consumer demand for more plant-based options, according to the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association.
"As more and more consumers are seeking to add plant-based options to their weekly routines but aren't ready to commit to a full lifestyle change, these single-serve meals offer a perfect way to...
Redefine Meat Unveils Alt-Steak
Redefine Meat unveils Alt-Steak plant-based products, with market testing at select high-end restaurants to start later this year. Created using Redefine Meat's patent-pending 3D meat printing technology, the company's Alt-Steak products have the texture, flavor and appearance of beef steak and can be produced in the volume and cost to enable large-scale market launch.
Working with leading butchers, chefs, food technologists and the close collaboration of taste expert, Givaudan, Redefine Meat has digitally mapped more than 70 sensorial parameters into its Alt-Steak products, including premium beef cuts' texture, juiciness, fat distribution and mouthfeel. Layer by layer, the company's proprietary industrial-scale 3D food printers create...
Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Foods Falls Victim to Pandemic
Ocean Hugger Foods, the company behind the first plant-based alternative to raw tuna and freshwater eel, announced last week that they are shuttering their operations.
“Due to the COVID-19 health crisis our world is facing, and the fact that our company sells exclusively to foodservice customers (such as university and corporate cafeterias, and restaurants) who are suffering greatly during time time, it is with tremendous sadness that we must report that Ocean Hugger Foods must cease operations,” a note from co-founder and CEO David Benzaquen and...
Plant-Based Protein Brand OZO Brings New Option to Retail and E-Commerce
Colorado-based Planterra Foods is making its debut this month in retail outlets and direct-to-consumer e-commerce with its introductory line of OZO. Consumers looking for a new plant-based protein can take a bite of OZO Burgers (two-4 oz patties), Ground (12 oz), and Mexican-Seasoned Ground (12 oz) just in time for summer grilling and new recipe ideas.
Powered by an exclusive proprietary blend of pea and rice protein fermented by shiitake mushrooms, all of the new OZO products are an excellent source of protein with up to 22 grams per serving. OZO features a high-quality pea protein that is a great source of iron. The Planterra team is also passionate about...
Beyond Meat Introduces Limited Edition Burger Pack
Beyond Meat is making plant-based burgers more accessible and affordable this summer with the introduction of Cookout Classic, a limited edition burger 10-pack available at a majority of Walmart and Target stores nationwide and select retailers across the U.S. beginning the week of June 22. Sold in the frozen meat aisle with a suggested retail price of $15.99 ($1.60 per patty), the new offering will be available through mid-August, or until supplies last, and is intended to narrow the price gap between plant-based meat and animal protein.
With growing consumer interest in plant-based protein, the Cookout Classic value pack is designed to inspire a plant-based meat option at barbecues and summer gatherings. The burgers are made with...
Mintel: A Quarter of British Millennials Say COVID-19 has Made a Vegan Diet More Appealing
The prospect of a diet packed with chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa appears to be more tempting as of late, as new research from Mintel reveals that a quarter (25%) of young British Millennials (aged 21-30) say that the COVID-19 pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing.
These plant-loving Millennials are not alone, as the research reveals that a vegan diet is proving more attractive to over one in ten (12%) of all Brits, rising to almost a quarter (22%) of Londoners, since the start of the pandemic.
This comes as Mintel research indicates there is a strong belief in the healing power of plants, as half of Brits (51%) believe plant/botanical ingredients (eg herbs, spices) can have...
AFT Holdings Suspending Operations of All About Healthy Foods Holdings
AFT Holdings, an international investment and management group whose portfolio includes sustainable foods development and global fishing fleets, announced on Tuesday that they are taking steps to suspend their All About Healthy Foods Holdings (AAHFH) operational group.
AAHFH was created in 2017 to “centralize and focus the AFT Holdings investment portfolio and strategic partnerships operating in the space of healthy, sustainable, functional, value-based foods.” Brands under AAHFH include Atlantic Natural Foods, which maintains the Loma Linda plant-based protein brands and TUNO, the plant-based and...
Sweet Earth Foods Debuts Eight New Plant-Based Products
Sweet Earth Foods announced the national launch of a selection of eight new burritos and entrée bowls. As the latest additions to Sweet Earth's best-selling product lines, these two new burritos and six new entrée bowls are available now in the frozen aisle of grocery stores, with distribution increasing in the following weeks.
The new burritos and bowls all incorporate plant-based Awesome Grounds or Mindful Chik'n, satisfying cravings for the meaty, juicy taste of traditional meats, and making them a good source of protein. Created with wholesome ingredients like veggies and globally inspired spices, the burritos and bowls are...
Beyond Meat Expands Local Production Capabilities in Europe
Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND), a leader in plant-based meat, today announced the company’s first co-manufacturing capabilities in Europe with the official opening of the Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. The new state-of-the-art facility owned and operated by Zandbergen will produce the Beyond Burger® and Beyond Sausage® and is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of Beyond Meat’s products across EMEA.
Production at the new Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility will also include the upcoming debut of new packaging for...
Impossible Foods Launches Direct-to-Consumer Sales and Accelerates Retail Expansion
Impossible Foods is launching an all-new e-commerce site today, allowing people in the lower 48 states to buy the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger and cook it at home.
The startup’s direct-to-consumer channel offers family-size quantities of the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger starting at $49.99 (plus tax). The orders come with compostable and recyclable packaging, free shipping and two-day home delivery.
Impossible Foods has increased its retail footprint nearly 20-fold since the start of 2020, and its flagship product is now available in over...
COVID-19 Impact on Alternative Protein Industry
The on-going COVID-19 pandemic is re-shaping everything from the global economies to product categories, pricing, and stock availability to consumer behavior.
The pandemic has also placed the spotlight on meat supply and food security globally. The spotlight on meat supply has been evident in both developed and emerging markets amidst disruptions to supply chains and panic buying and stockpiling, following announcements of lockdowns and social distancing measures...
Protein Alternatives Market Outlook to 2025; Dominated by Cargill
According to ResearchAndMarkets, the global protein alternatives market is projected to grow with a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period (2020-2025).
The market studied has witnessed a significant growth due to the increasing intolerance toward animal protein, thereby leading to the shift in preference of the meat-consuming population toward meat substitutes made of vegan protein, therefore, driving the market studied.
Consumers in developing regions, like Asia-Pacific and Africa, have started to incorporate more protein in their daily diets. Many companies operating in the market place have started to initiate...
Nature's Fynd Raises $80 Million in Funding to Commercialize New Alternative Proteins
Nature's Fynd, a food tech company producing a protein from a microbe originally discovered in the geothermal springs of Yellowstone's ancient volcano, has raised $80 million in new funding.
The company was previously named Sustainable Bioproducts.
Production began this month at Nature's Fynd's new 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on the site of the historic Union Stockyards in Chicago's South Side. The company will commercialize food and beverage products across...
JUST Expands Partnerships Globally, Raises Capital & Adds Former Coca-Cola Executive
JUST announced a host of partnerships to manufacture and distribute its JUST Egg across North America, Latin America, Europe, and East Asia. This global infrastructure, which includes millions of additional points of potential distribution and access to production facilities on multiple continents, will provide the scale needed to meet the increasing worldwide demand for the product.
Included in this partnership announcement are South Korea’s food company, SPC Samlip; one of Southeast Asia’s largest food companies, Betagro Group; bakery company, Grupo Bimbo; one of Latin America’s largest edible oil and fat producers, Alianza Team; and local delivery platform, Delivery Hero. This infrastructure builds on a previously announced manufacturing and distribution partnership with...
Impossible Foods Confirms Approximately $500 Million in New Funding
Impossible Foods confirmed today that it has secured approximately $500 million in its latest funding round, led by new investor Mirae Asset Global Investments, with participation from existing investors including Khosla Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and Temasek. The industry-leading food-tech startup has raised nearly $1.3 billion since its founding in 2011.
Impossible Foods will use the funds in part to invest in fundamental research and innovation; accelerate its manufacturing scaleup; expand its retail presence and its availability in key international markets; and accelerate commercialization of next-generation products including Impossible Sausage Made From Plants and Impossible Pork Made From Plants.
“With this latest round of fundraising, Impossible Foods has the resources to accelerate growth -- and continue to thrive in a volatile macroeconomic environment, including the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Impossible Foods’ Chief Financial Officer David Lee.
The new funding closely follows the launch of the company’s latest next-generation products...
Beyond Meat Announces National Retail Launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage
Beyond Meat announced its latest product innovation, Beyond Breakfast Sausage, will start to hit retail shelves by the end of March. Beyond Breakfast Sausage is a new plant-based breakfast sausage featuring 11 grams of protein per serving.
Available in two flavors, classic and spicy, this breakfast option offers the taste of traditional pork breakfast sausage.
Perfect for busy mornings, Beyond Breakfast Sausage is a quick and convenient plant-based option that goes from...
Rabobank: China's Growing Appetite for Meat Alternatives
‘Meat alternative’ has become a global buzzword since Beyond Meat conducted its stellar Nasdaq IPO. Since then, many meat alternative startups began looking into the Chinese market. The rise of the numerous Chinese startups, such as OmniPork and Zhenmeat, hinge on the belief that China will be a potential consumption market for meat alternatives.
Meat alternatives have been discussed a lot by the public media in the past year. The global frontrunners are US-based companies making beef-like burgers with plant-based ingredients, like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Since Beyond Meat’s IPO, China has witnessed nearly 100 plant-based brands emerge in cities like...
Alternative Proteins See Impressive Growth on Menus
According to a recent webinar by Datassential, trending dishes are driven by a variety of factors, including global influences, mash ups, and plant based. Among these factors, plant based is especially driving several growing dishes. The research found that 44% of consumers are trying to increase their intake of vegetable-based protein. Meanwhile, vegan items have seen an increase of 621% in menu penetration over the past decade. However, consumers stated that plant-based or vegetarian diets are loved the most, while vegan diets are hated the most.
Products that attempt to mimic the texture and taste of meat are growing on menus as alternative proteins. The research found that 69% of consumers would at least occasionally order a plant-based meat if available. In the past four years, the plant-based burger’s menu penetration has increased by...
Arla Introduces New Brand and Plant-Based Products
In recent years, an increasing number of consumers are looking for plant-based products, and the trend is set to continue. Therefore, Arla has decided to enter the market for plant-based products to meet consumer demand and to develop the category with natural products and unique flavor compositions. Initially, Arla will launch three oat drinks under the new brand, JÖRĐ, an umbrella brand for 100 percent plant-based products.
Arla – one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives – is now entering the market for plant-based products. The company is ready with three oat-drinks introduced under the new brand, JÖRĐ, that is now on its way to European consumers to...
New Plant-Based Protein Brand OZO to Debut Nationwide this April
New plant-based protein brand OZO, powered by start-up Colorado business Planterra Foods, is making its debut at grocery stores nationwide beginning in April, providing consumers with a clean protein option that delivers exceptional taste and nutrition. Where superior taste meets convenience, OZO is raising the bar on plant-based protein offerings for today's consumer who doesn't want to compromise flavor to eat well.
The new line of plant-based products will officially launch with Burgers, Ground, Mexican-Seasoned Ground and Italian-Style Meatballs, and foodservice and club packs are also planned for 2020. The four OZO protein offerings are non-GMO, do not contain soy, and feature transparent, straightforward...
Nutri-Score May Shake Up the Plant Based Alternative Protein Shelf
According to Rabobank, Nutri-Score is likely to challenge consumers’ perceptions in their choice for alternative protein products. Making consumers aware of a food’s nutritional values is what the roll-out of the front-of-pack label in the coming months and years is intended to do in the European market. In this way, Nutri-Score may lead health-driven consumers to change their preferences and processors to change their formulations.
Nutri-Score is a front-of-pack labeling system that grades food products from A to E according to their nutritional level. It has been launched to nudge consumers to make healthier choices in their food preferences and has already been adopted by several...
Taco Bell Introduces Veggie Mode
On March 12, Taco Bell officially activates Veggie Mode, a single-swipe feature that instantly transforms the menu to show only vegetarian items on self-service ordering kiosks nationwide. While most of the industry is celebrating plant-based with one single offering on their menus, Veggie Mode makes it easier than ever for consumers to gain instant access to Taco Bell's nearly 50 American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified items.
Taco Bell has also expanded its amount of AVA-certified vegetarian ingredients, now including fan favorites like Potato Bites, Chalupa shells and Hash Browns. As always, customers can further customize their orders while in Veggie Mode, with a total of over...
Impossible Foods Partners with The Halal Shack to Serve Halal Certified Cuisine
Impossible Foods has announced its latest national restaurant partner: The Halal Shack. With 8 locations in New York, California and Texas and 25 more locations in development nationally, The Halal Shack combines the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors with a classic American spin for a delicious and unique dining experience. Impossible Burger meat will be available as a filling for any menu item, and can be added to Bowls, gyros, Wraps and Salads.
The Impossible Burger first became halal certified in 2018, and Halal Shack is the latest to benefit from this certification. The word “halal” derives from the Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted, as opposed to “haram” or prohibited. Halal meats are sourced and prepared in accordance with...
US Foods Announces Launch of Spring Scoop
US Foods announced the launch of Spring Scoop, “Raising the Bar: The Classics – Celebrated and Elevated.” The 25th edition of Scoop features products designed to help bar-and-grill operators easily get creative and innovate with their menus, with elevated, upsell-worthy versions of their traditional bar-and-grill fare.
As modern diners seek bolder flavors, new menu experiences and flexible dietary substitutions, adding new items to the menu and elevating the classics with on-trend ingredients is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage. In fact, 54% of diners consider new menu items important to their decision when...
Lightlife and Field Roast Bring More to the Table with New Plant Based Breakfast Sausages
Greenleaf Foods is transforming the growing breakfast category with a nationwide retail launch of three plant-based breakfast sausage products from its Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co brands. The new, innovative products were created to continue the brands’ common goal: to pioneer the plant-based category by putting plants at the center of the plate.
“Breakfast is an important part of the day, and until now, there has not been many plant-based protein options available,” said Dan Curtin, president of Greenleaf Foods, SPC. “We’re reinvigorating the plant-based breakfast space with new delicious items from Lightlife and Field Roast.”
Lightlife is introducing Plant-Based Breakfast Sausage Links and Plant-Based Sausage Patties that offer...
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