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Cargill Launches Plant-Based Patty and Ground Products 

Retail food and foodservice businesses can now capture their share of the growing plant-based protein market under their own brands thanks to Cargill. The global food and agriculture company today announced its new private label plant-based patties and ground products will hit retailers and restaurants in early April.

The new offerings are part of Cargill’s inclusive approach to the future of protein – advancing both animal and alternative protein products to meet the expected 70% growth in global demand for protein over the next 30 years.

The plant-based protein products, which were developed through culinary insight, extensive consumer research and innovation, are made in...

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Feb 24 8:50 AM, General News



Barilla Reformulates Protein+ Line

Barilla is offering a new and improved Protein+ line, now made entirely with 100% plant-based ingredients, specifically semolina durum wheat mixed with protein from lentils, chickpeas and peas. As today's consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based products, Barilla identified a delicious new recipe that removes the egg whites from the formula, while maintaining the same great taste and "al dente" texture of traditional semolina pasta.

The reformulation of Protein+ can complement a variety of lifestyles, including those that are vegan or are simply looking to incorporate more protein and fiber into their diet. The new formula now includes...

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Feb 21 8:16 AM, General News


Sysco Announces Exclusive New Product Offerings from Cutting Edge Solutions

Sysco Corporation announced today the launch of eleven new and exciting menu concepts. These innovative products are available exclusively for Sysco customers nationwide through the company’s Cutting Edge Solutions platform.

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. From better-for-you ingredients to labor-saving products, Cutting Edge Solutions products help operators easily update their menus and delight patrons with chef-tested, on-trend and innovative solutions. These versatile products also represent...

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Feb 20 8:38 AM, General News


White Castle to Complement Impossible Slider with Dairy-Free Cheese at Select Locations

White Castle will soon become one of the first fast-food hamburger chains in the U.S. to offer a dairy-free alternative to cheddar cheese. White Castle announced that it will launch the non-dairy product on March 1 in its New Jersey and New York City restaurants.

Customers will be able to order dairy free cheddar to top any slider, including the Impossible Slider, the plant-based slider that White Castle introduced in April 2018 as a test item and then launched as a permanent menu item five months later.

"Our Impossible Slider was an instant Craver favorite, but it's about to get a new dimension with...

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Feb 19 8:16 AM, General News


Alpha Foods Raises $28 Million in Latest Funding Round, Looks to Expand Brand

Alpha Foods, creators of plant-based burritos, nuggets, pizza, pot pies, tamales, burgers and more announced it raised $28 million in its most recent funding round.

The new capital will support new products, additional hires, expanding its distribution channels in the U.S. and around the globe and boost its marketing and sales efforts.

“As more and more people actively seek out plant-based options, whether for their health or the environment, we are looking to expand our innovations within the category and bring...

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Feb 13 8:45 AM, General News


Burke Corporation Launches New Plant-Based Alternatives

Burke Corp., a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation, announced the launch of new Burke Alternatives plant-based products available to foodservice operators across the country.

“We know that a growing number of consumers are interested in incorporating more plant-based foods into their diets,” said Amy Thielking, marketing manager at Burke. “These new products are the perfect way to not only add more plant options to meals, but also still enjoy a great-tasting meal with plant-based ingredients.”

Powered by pea protein, Burke Alternatives include a fully cooked crumble and uncooked ground products with...

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Feb 11 9:04 AM, General News


NCBA Releases Consumer Research Showing Widespread Confusion About Contents of Plant-Based Fake Meat

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today released survey results that show widespread consumer confusion regarding the ingredient composition and purported benefits of plant-based fake meat products.

In an online survey of more than 1,800 consumers, less than half of the respondents understood the labeling term “plant-based beef” was intended to describe an entirely vegetarian or vegan food product. One major source of confusion uncovered by NCBA’s research is that approximately one third of surveyed consumers believed that plant-based fake meat products contained at least some real beef in them. When asked to evaluate specific product labels and marketing materials from some of the leading plant-based fake beef products currently on the market, the results were astonishing...

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Feb 10 8:13 AM, General News


JUST and Sodexo Partner on Breakfast

JUST announced a partnership with Sodexo, a global food services and facilities management leader, to bring the award-winning, top-selling JUST Egg to Sodexo’s higher education, healthcare and corporate sites across the United States.

Crafted by a team of Michelin starred chefs, the plant-based JUST Egg’s key ingredient is protein from the mung bean, a dietary staple in Asia for thousands of years.

Through this partnership, JUST joins Sodexo’s commitment to sourcing responsibly, encouraging plant-based meals and reducing food waste as part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 strategy to...

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Feb 6 10:32 AM, General News


NCBA 2020 Policy Priorities

This morning, the Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the organization’s top 2020 Policy Priorities. Approval came at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Like last year, NCBA’s top policy priorities include issues related to international trade, proper regulation of fake meat, and regulatory reform, although after a series of significant policy victories in 2019, this year’s priority list is focused on implementing and protecting those gains while further advancing progress into new territory.

For example, after helping secure bilateral trade deals with Japan, China, and the European Union, as well as the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, NCBA’s focus this year will turn to...

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Feb 6 8:14 AM, General News


Poll: 40% of Americans Have Tried Plant-Based Meats

Headlines surround plant-based meats and alternative proteins daily, but how much impact has it really had on the average consumer. A recent Gallup poll may provide some insight into how seriously consumers are taking plant-based meat.

According to the poll, 40 percent of Americans have tried plant-based meat. Age was the primary factor in whether alternative proteins end up on their plate. About 50% of adults younger than 50 gave plant-based meats a try, while only 26% of the 65 and up crowd tried it.

Women are slightly more likely to try plant-based options at 43 percent, compared to men at 39 percent.

Household income was also a significant factor in plant-based meat consumption. The majority of households with...

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Feb 4 9:10 AM, General News


Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Offer Free Beyond Meat Menu Items the Monday After Sunday’s Big Game

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are encouraging Americans who overindulged during Sunday’s Big Game to recover with a plant-based Monday by enjoying an item from the all-day Beyond Meat menu. Monday, February 3, recovering Americans can use the phrase “Beyond the Game” to unlock one free Beyond Meat menu item with the purchase of any large drink, including soft drinks, coffee and cold brew, at participating locations.

The day after Sunday’s Big Game is notoriously the most skipped workday in America, with an estimated 17.2 million Americans missing work. Knowing the woes of adulting on one of the worst Mondays of the year, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are...

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Jan 31 9:45 AM, General News


Rabobank Talks Alternative Protein Surprises

Rabobank kicks off the first note of the decade by sharing some of the main highlights from their annual ‘We Didn’t See That Coming’ survey of food trends. At the end of every year, for the past five years, Rabobank has asked in confidence the simple but highly revealing question: “In the world of food, what surprised you the most over the last twelve months?”

The main surprise can be summed up as the ‘the rapid growth and consumer acceptance of alternative proteins.’ For ease of digestion Rabobank has broken it into four sections...

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Jan 30 8:17 AM, General News


KFC Beyond Fried Chicken Expands to Two New Markets

Kentucky Fried Chicken and Beyond Meat are announcing an expanded test of Beyond Fried Chicken, plant-based chicken. Beginning February 3, select KFC restaurants in Charlotte, Nashville and surrounding areas, will offer new Beyond Fried Chicken menu items, available through February 23, or while supplies last.

The expanded test comes on the heels of the overwhelmingly successful test launch in Atlanta last summer, making KFC the first national U.S. QSR to introduce plant-based chicken in partnership with Beyond Meat. With customers lining up hours before the restaurant opened and...

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Jan 29 9:57 AM, General News


Aramark Chefs Dish on 2020 Food Trends

The start of a new decade brings a time of reflection and positive change, including what will influence the food decisions we make. Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food service company, asked its top chefs to share their thoughts about the top food trends of 2020. These trends are cutting edge, and may not always go mainstream, but they help influence what you’ll find in a grocery store or café near you in the months ahead.

Megatrend #1: Plant-Forward Takes a Giant Leap

As more people focus on their general health and the environment, putting more plants on the plate is a natural way to reduce the amount of meat in a meal. For example...

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Jan 28 8:19 AM, General News


Denny's Expands Partnership with Beyond Meat and Launches Popular Plant-Based Beyond Burger

After the overwhelmingly successful Beyond Burger launch exclusively in Los Angeles restaurants, Denny's will now offer the popular plant-based burger made by Beyond Meat in more than 1,700 locations across the U.S. and Canada. To celebrate this milestone, Denny's is offering a free Beyond Burger with the purchase of any beverage at all participating locations on January 30 from 11am to 10pm, while supplies last.

The newest addition to Denny's core menu, the Denny's Beyond Burger features...

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Jan 27 9:57 AM, General News


JUST Launches New Egg Offering 

JUST announced the second quarter availability of a new JUST Egg offering: a fluffy, folded egg, perfect on top of toast, inside breakfast sandwiches or as a plant-based, protein-packed addition to any meal.

The product will begin rolling out in April in the freezer section of Whole Foods Markets; select Albertsons Safeway stores; Gelson’s Markets in Southern California; Stop & Shop in the Northeast, Kings Food Markets in the New York metro area and Giant Martin's in the Mid-Atlantic, with more to come. In all, it will be sold in approximately 5,000 stores at launch and will be available for restaurants and other foodservice destinations from major distributors.

The folded JUST Egg will be sold as a box of four, and the key ingredient is protein from the...

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Jan 22 12:04 PM, General News


Sweet Earth Awesome Burger Enters First National Restaurant Partnership with Ruby Tuesday

Sweet Earth Foods, an award-winning and rapidly growing plant-based food innovator, announced Ruby Tuesday as its first-ever national restaurant partner for the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger.

Ruby Tuesday will offer the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger as an off-menu plant-based protein through mid-March, with the potential to become a permanent menu item. Customers can also substitute the meatless Awesome Burger patty as part of any of the restaurant's wide variety of signature burger offerings.

"At Ruby Tuesday, our focus is to provide freshly prepared, high-quality meal options that are full of flavor at an affordable price," said Jenifer Boyd Harmon, Chief Marketing Officer for Ruby Tuesday. "We know many of our customers have...

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Jan 22 8:19 AM, General News


Mintel Announces Four U.S. Foodservice Trends for 2020 

Mintel has announced four trends set to impact the US restaurant industry in 2020, bringing new opportunities to appeal to diners based on specific dietary and lifestyle needs.

Amanda Topper, Associate Director, Foodservice Research at Mintel, outlines the trends and what they mean for restaurants in the year ahead:

Battleground: Foodservice

With more options for buying food and drink than ever, restaurants will lean into their ability to be a social gathering place, in addition to a place to refuel. To remain competitive, they will modify existing operations to...

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Jan 21 8:17 AM, General News


Mintel: UK Sales of Meat-Free Foods Shoot Up 40% Between 2014-2019 

From meatless steak bakes to plant-based Whoppers, it seems that vegan food product launches are now in full swing as new research from Mintel reveals a nation hungry for meat-free foods.

Over the past two years, the number of Brits who have eaten meat-free foods has shot up from 50% in 2017 to 65% in 2019. Meanwhile, sales of meat-free foods have grown an impressive 40% from £582 million in 2014 to an estimated £816 million in 2019. Such is the popularity of meat-free food that sales are expected to be in excess of £1.1 billion by 2024.

According to Mintel research, the proportion of meat eaters who have reduced or limited the amount of meat they consume has risen from 28% in 2017 to 39% in 2019. Women are more likely than men to have...

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Jan 20 11:46 AM, General News


Krave Launches New Plant-Based Jerky and Pork Rinds

Krave continues to expand its portfolio of high-quality, better-for-you snacks with two new crave-worthy products: KRAVE Plant-Based Jerky and KRAVE Pork Rinds. Hitting store shelves nationwide in January 2020, the new products deliver the same quality-without-compromise inherent to the KRAVE brand while catering to the evolving dietary needs and on-the-go snacking occasions consumers experience every day.

As KRAVE's first departure from meat products, KRAVE Plant-Based Jerky is perfect for flexitarians and those looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. KRAVE Plant-Based Jerky features a taste and texture similar to that of KRAVE Gourmet Meat Cuts but is made from...

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Jan 20 8:20 AM, General News


Cargill Predicts Food Trends for 2020

Consumers' connection to their foods is driving change across supply chains throughout the food system. When considering the protein industry, innovation, convenience, nutrition, transparency, and sustainability are leading to new practices and products. Cargill has provided 10 trends influencing what, how, and the way consumers are expected to eat in the year 2020.

1. Growing appeal of protein 

U.S. consumers have a growing appetite for protein, with 55% of U.S. households saying high protein is an important attribute to consider when buying food. In fact, 65% of consumers often or always think about protein in their diets and...

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Jan 20 8:20 AM, General News


Sysco Announces U.S. Launch of Sysco Simply Plant-Based Burger Patty

Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, announced the launch of its Sysco Simply Plant-Based Meatless Burger Patty, a Sysco brand exclusive product. This innovative burger is now available to the company’s customers in the majority of its U.S. markets.

This plant-based burger is the latest offering from Sysco Simply, the company’s lifestyle brand designed to help foodservice operators meet growing consumer demand for flexible and customized menu choices. The Sysco Simply burger is a vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO soy patty with 18 grams of plant-based protein per serving, helping foodservice operators...

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Jan 17 8:23 AM, General News


Burger King Adds the Impossible Whopper to the 2 for $6 Lineup

Burger King restaurants are jazzing up the popular 2 for $6 promotion, now with the Impossible Whopper sandwich. Available for a limited time only, guests can choose between the Impossible Whopper, Spicy Crispy Chicken, Crispy Chicken and Whopper sandwich.

“We are excited to offer our guests a plant-based product like the Impossible Whopper as part of our 2 for $6 promotion,” said Chris Finazzo, President, North America, Burger King Corporation. “This unbeatable deal gives friends and family a new reason to come in and try the Impossible Whopper and other BK favorites at an amazing value.”

Burger King restaurants rolled out the Impossible Whopper sandwich with a patty made from plants nationwide last year following...

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Jan 16 9:46 AM, General News


Beyond Meat and Roquette Announce Multi-Year Pea Protein Supply Agreement 

Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based meat, today announced a multi-year pea protein supply agreement with Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins. The supply agreement builds on a longstanding partnership that began approximately ten years ago, and significantly increases the amount of pea protein to be supplied by Roquette to Beyond Meat over the next three years as compared to the amount supplied in 2019.

Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s Founder & CEO commented, “This latest contract with Roquette reflects Beyond Meat's commitment to further scaling the plant protein supply chain as global demand for our products continues to rise. Along with our supply chain partners, including Roquette, we are driving innovation and...

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Jan 15 10:17 AM, General News


Impossible Foods CEO Criticizes Meat Industry; Intends to Replace Animals for Food Production

Pat Brown, CEO of Impossible Foods, criticized the meat industry in a recent interview, calling it "the most destructive technology on Earth by far." Brown added that the company's ultimate goal is to completely replace animals as a form of food with plant-based products by the year 2035. Impossible Foods currently offers a plant-based beef burger, and a new sausage product will be offered at various Burger King locations across the United States for testing this month. The company also announced that it will introduce ground pork and sausage, but there is no word on availability at this time. With beef and pork alternatives becoming readily available to consumers, Brown stated that poultry options are on the way as well.

Brown claims that Impossible Foods is so important because of the impact the meat industry has on the environment. However, testifying on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association at a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on climate change in May, Kansas cattle producer Debbie Lyons-Blythe delivered a clear message...

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Jan 14 9:25 AM, Urner Barry


Tofurky Announces New Plant-Based Burger

Tofurky announced its new beef-style burger is now available in over 600 Target locations in the U.S. The new Plant-Based Burger by Tofurky is crafted using a combination of soy protein, vegetable protein, and wheat gluten and lightly seasoned with salt, onion, garlic, and black pepper. It can be found for an SRP of $5.99 in the produce section.

In addition to offering a tasty yet versatile flavor profile, the new burgers are created with Tofurky’s usual focus on the planet. The burger’s soy base claims a more sustainable footprint (given the ability to use all parts of the bean) when compared to pea protein, found in competitive products. Its two-patty packs will use sturdy, recyclable cartons that tout...

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Jan 10 8:16 AM, General News


On The Border to Offer Tacos Featuring Beyond Meat 

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is giving taco lovers a new tasty, plant-based protein option with endless opportunities.

On The Border is the first brand in its category to offer Beyond Beef, a delicious plant-based ground meat from Beyond Meat, in enchiladas, nachos and even unlimited Beyond Meat Tacos as part of its Endless Tacos offer.

Available from Jan. 6 to March 8, On The Border guests can try the all-new Beyond Meat Taco – featuring 100% plant-based ground Beyond Beef seasoned exactly like On The Border's seasoned ground beef, topped with...

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Jan 9 10:33 AM, General News


McDonald’s Expanding Trials of Plant-Based Burger in Canada

McDonald’s announced the trial of its Beyond Meat burger has expanded to more locations in Canada as it attempts to gain feedback on its new plant-based menu item.

The burger will be available in 52 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario, starting on January 14. The sandwich, dubbed, “P.L.T.” for plant, lettuce, tomato was introduced to test markets last September in 28 restaurants in Ontario and nearby regions.

“The initial test of the P.L.T. allowed us to learn more about guest demand and how to integrate this new menu item into restaurant..."

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Jan 9 8:49 AM, Urner Barry


Kroger's Simple Truth Brand Launches Emerge: Plant Based Fresh Meats

The Kroger Co., America's favorite grocer, announced today the launch of Simple Truth Emerge: Plant Based Fresh Meats. An expansion of Simple Truth – America's largest natural and organic brand – Simple Truth Emerge is a line that offers fresh burger patties and grinds at more affordable prices. Available exclusively at Kroger Family of Stores, Simple Truth Emerge joins the Simple Truth Plant Based collection introduced last year, offering vegan chocolate chip cookie dough, oat milk, sour cream, deli slices, sausage and other products.

The Simple Truth Plant Based collection was first announced, including a sneak peek of Simple Truth Emerge, last September at the Good Food Conference in San Francisco, where Gil Phipps, Kroger's vice president of Our Brands, spoke on...

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Jan 8 8:43 AM, General News


NPPC: Impossible Pork is Impossible; Violates Labelling Law 

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today called Impossible Foods’ naming convention for its plant-based products designed to mimic real pork a brazen violation of labelling law. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as it has been known by consumers for centuries, Dr. Dan Kovich, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council, issued the following statement:

“What’s impossible is to make pork from plants. This is a brazen attempt to circumvent decades of food labelling law and centuries of precedence. Any adjective placed in front of the word pork can...

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Jan 8 8:17 AM, General News


Burger King Tests the Impossible Croissan’wich

Burger King restaurants announces today it is testing the new Impossible Croissan’wich sandwich. Starting late January in select test markets across the U.S. market, BK guests can now get the same breakfast Croissan’wich sandwich they know and love with a plant-based patty. The all-new, limited-time-only Impossible Croissan’wich features a toasted croissant, egg, cheese and a seasoned plant-based sausage from Impossible Foods. This test makes Burger King the first restaurant to test Impossible Sausage made from plants on a breakfast sandwich.

Participating Burger King restaurants in Savannah, GA, Albuquerque, NM, Montgomery, AL, Lansing, MI and Springfield, IL will be testing the Impossible Croissan’wich. The Impossible Croissan’wich is made with...

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Jan 7 9:57 AM, General News


Hooters Launches Meatless Wings Nationwide 

Meatless tacos, meatless burgers, now it's time for meatless wings! For the first time on the casual-dining stage, 318 Hooters restaurants across the U.S. are introducing meatless wings in a national launch – the Unreal Wings made with Quorn.

Hooters Unreal wings are made with Quorn's Meatless Wings, which are fried and then tossed in Hooters' classic sauces and dry rubs. From Original BBQ to Honey Thai Chili Pepper to Classic Buffalo, the Unreal Wings are vegetarian, non-GMO, soy-free and...

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Jan 7 8:20 AM, General News


REPORTER: Beyond the Surface: Interview with Chuck Muth of Beyond Meat

It doesn’t seem likely that a phone call could pull a person straight out of retirement. But in the case of Chuck Muth, that’s exactly what happened. When the opportunity to spearhead the growth of publicly traded Beyond Meat came knocking—he answered. Chuck recently gave an interview for Urner Barry’s Market Digest Podcast, and he had a lot to say about the whirlwind that he’s experienced as the Chief Growth Officer of Beyond Meat and the brand’s explosive expansion...

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Jan 6 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


Pollo Tropical Launches New Vegan Menu Items Featuring Beyond Meat

Starting today, Pollo Tropical is taking its bold flavors beyond chicken with the launch of a Vegan Tropichop and Wrap featuring a "picadillo" made with Beyond Meat.

The Vegan Tropichop gives guests a new way to enjoy one of their most popular menu items. This Tropichop includes your choice of White or Brown Rice, Pollo Tropical's famous Black Beans, and the picadillo made with Beyond Beef, all topped with sautéed peppers and onions. The Vegan Wrap also features Beyond Beef, your choice of rice, plus black beans and Pollo Tropical's sweet plantains wrapped in a tortilla. These options are launching at $4.49 and $4.09 respectively.

Pollo Tropical partnered with Beyond Meat to develop these plant-based options that are...

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Jan 3 9:20 AM, General News


Carl's Jr. and Hardees Introduce Beyond Meat All-Day Menu Items Nationwide

CKE, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, today announced that the company will expand its partnership with Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based meat, with the introduction of new all-day plant-based protein options during breakfast, lunch and dinner nationwide.

“Since its debut less than a year ago, Carl’s Jr. has sold more than 6.7 million Beyond Famous Star burgers to-date, making it the most successful product launch in the past two years. We’re continuing to build on this success by expanding our Beyond Meat partnership to Hardee’s,” said Patty Trevino, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing at CKE Restaurants. “As we head into 2020, the addition of these new options at both restaurants is...

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Dec 20 8:22 AM, General News


Daring Foods Launches Nationwide with Rastelli Foods Group

Daring Foods, the first plant-based chicken made from only five non-GMO ingredients, announced today its arrival in the US through a strategic partnership with family-run butcher and industry leading food service supplier, Rastelli Foods Group.

Through the multi-million USD deal partnership, Rastelli Foods Group will be the exclusive national distributor of Daring Foods; bringing its plant-based chicken to restaurants and retailers throughout the country. In addition, Rastelli's will support Daring's push into direct-to-consumer product delivery in February 2020 through daringfoods.com.

This marks a new chapter in plant-based alternatives – created from simple ingredients that customers will have no trouble recognizing, yet mimics chicken in...

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Dec 18 11:27 AM, General News


NCBA Applauds U.S. Senate Introduction of Real MEAT Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today applauded the introduction of the Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019 by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska. The Senate bill is a companion to H.R. 4881, which was introduced by U.S. Representatives Roger Marshall (R - 1st Dist., Kansas) and Anthony Brindisi (D - 22nd Dist., N.Y.) in October.

“It’s clear that fake-meat companies are continuing to mislead consumers about the nutritional merits and actual ingredient composition of their products,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “We commend the efforts of Senator Fischer on introducing this legislation, which would end deceptive labeling of fake meat products and allow cattle producers to...

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Dec 12 8:18 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Serves Canada with National Launch of Beyond Beef 

Starting today, Canadians can now enjoy even more options at their local grocer’s fresh meat counter with the launch of Beyond Beef, a new product from plant-based leader, Beyond Meat, Inc., that’s designed to look, cook and taste like ground beef. Canada is the first market outside of the U.S. to offer Beyond Beef.

“Canada is a very progressive market and since launching in retail there earlier this year, we’ve seen a tremendous response from Canadians who are interested in our plant-based proteins,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat Founder and CEO. “We are excited to bring our latest product innovation to Canadians, welcoming...

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Dec 11 10:00 AM, General News


Elevation Burger Debuts Impossible Burger and Dairy-Free Daiya Cheddar Style Slices Nationwide

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Elevation Burger, known for serving 100% organic, grass-fed, free-range beef burgers and fresh fries cooked in heart-healthy olive oil, is pleased to announce all domestic locations across America will now carry the plant-based Impossible™ Burger as well as dairy-free Daiya Cheddar Style Slices.

Elevation Burger’s nationwide launch of the Impossible Burger and dairy-free Daiya Cheddar Style Slices demonstrates the brand's commitment to serving customers of all dietary preferences. The Impossible™ Burger handles, cooks and tastes like ground beef — but is made entirely from plants — while each Daiya Cheddar Style Slice delivers the same incredible melt and slight sharpness as dairy-based cheese that pairs perfectly with...

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Dec 9 9:52 AM, General News


Digiorno and Stouffer's Launch New Products with Plant-Based Innovations 

Two of America's beloved brands are getting even more awesome. Nestlé is launching new meatless Digiorno and Stouffer's offerings made with Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds, a plant-based ground beef alternative.

Digiorno Rising Crust Meatless Supreme with Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds and Stouffer's Meatless Lasagna with Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds will help satisfy consumers looking for convenient and meat-free options from brands they know and trust. Similar to the original offerings with real meat, these new recipes have the same high product quality, taste and texture.

Consumers are increasingly showing interest in adopting a 'flexitarian' lifestyle — making an active choice to incorporate more...

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Dec 5 9:22 AM, General News


Taco Del Mar Takes Beyond Meat Taco Chain-wide

Following a successful test earlier this year, Taco Del Mar has announced that it is rolling out its new Beyond Meat Taco across all locations starting December 3, 2019. The fast-casual restaurant chain is excited to introduce a delicious, new plant-based protein to its current vegetarian and vegan menu as a limited time offering with the possibility of extending product availability into the future.

Taco Del Mar guests can enjoy the new Beyond Meat Taco, which features plant-based Beyond Beef Feisty Crumbles sautéed with medium chipotle salsa, diced onions and minced serrano peppers, topped with...

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Dec 3 8:24 AM, General News


KFC Canada Introduces Plant-Based Chicken 

KFC Canada announced its latest innovation, KFC Plant-Based Fried Chicken. With the desire to share the Colonel's legendary finger lickin' good taste with every Canadian, KFC Canada partnered with Lightlife, a leading plant-based protein brand, to create a signature Plant-Based Fried Chicken Sandwich and Popcorn Chicken.

KFC Canada's Plant-Based Fried Chicken will make its debut during a limited, one-restaurant, one-day test on Wednesday, November 27 in Mississauga, Ontario. KFC fans looking to try the new plant-based options are invited to visit KFC at 6055 Creditview Road in Mississauga, Ontario between the hours of 10:30am to 11:00pm, or while supplies last.

"We believe the Colonel's famous finger lickin' good taste should have no boundaries," said Sam Redman, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC Canada. "So we've created...

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Nov 27 11:45 AM, General News


PODCAST: Beyond Podcast - Chuck Muth of Beyond Meat

Chuck Muth of Beyond Meat discusses growth, target markets, QSRs, and more. Tune in for an alternative look at protein...

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Nov 26 9:08 AM, Urner Barry


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




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