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

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

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

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Aug 20 8:21 AM, General News



HelloFresh Adds Beyond Meat to Menu Line-Up

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

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

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Aug 19 9:05 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Aug 13 8:15 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Aug 8 9:43 AM, Urner Barry


Nielsen: Meet the New "Meat" Eater

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

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

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Aug 8 9:26 AM, General News


Subway and Beyond Meat Unveil Partnership and the Beyond Meatball Marinara 

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

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

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Aug 7 9:00 AM, General News


Innovation is Bringing New Excitement to the Burger Category in Canada

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

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

Key takeaways from the report include...

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Aug 5 8:13 AM, General News


Burger King to Launch the Impossible Whopper Nationwide

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

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

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

 

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Aug 1 10:01 AM, General News


FDA Authorizes Soy Leghemoglobin as a Color Additive

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

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

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Aug 1 9:06 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results 

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

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights Compared to Prior Year Period

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


Tim Hortons to Offer JUST Egg in Canada 

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

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

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Jul 26 8:18 AM, Urner Barry


Dunkin' to Offer Beyond Meat Products in Manhattan 

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

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

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Jul 24 9:30 AM, General News


Tim Hortons Expands Beyond Meat Offerings 

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

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

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

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Jul 18 11:50 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Jul 18 8:14 AM, General News


Blue Apron Introduces Beyond Meat on Menus Beginning in August

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

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

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Jul 17 10:03 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Jul 17 9:40 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Jul 9 1:52 PM, General News


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

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

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

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Jul 5 8:20 AM, General News


Famous Dave's Announces Partnership with Beyond Meat

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

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

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

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Jul 1 8:17 AM, General News


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

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

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

Grubhub’s top takeaway involved...

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Jun 26 10:14 AM, Urner Barry


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

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

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

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

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Jun 25 8:18 AM, General News


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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 21 8:23 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Jun 20 12:34 PM, General News


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

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

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

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

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Jun 13 9:27 AM, General News


Perdue Foods Launches Chicken Plus Products 

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

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

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Jun 12 9:03 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Partners with Zandbergen to Launch Production in Europe

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

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

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

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May 28 10:12 AM, General News


Little Caesars And Impossible Foods Team Up For Impossible Supreme Pizza

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

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

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

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May 21 1:40 PM, General News


Cargill Invests in Cultured Meat Company Aleph Farms

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

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

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May 14 9:18 AM, General News


Vegan Burger Maker Beyond Meat Sizzles in Market Debut

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

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

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

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May 3 8:32 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Apr 30 2:52 PM, Urner Barry


EU Set to Ban Meat Names for Veggie Alternatives 

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

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

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Apr 26 3:31 PM, General News


Beyond Meat Announces Entrance into Canadian Retail Timed to the Start of Summer BBQ Season

Arriving just in time for summer BBQ season, Beyond Meat® announced today that for the first time, its plant-based Beyond Burger™ will be available in the meat case at Canadian retail outlets nationwide at Co-op Food Stores, Fresh Street Market, IGA, Loblaw, Longos, Metro, Save On Foods, Sobeys, and Whole Foods Market.

“On the heels of our successful launch with A&W that introduced Canadians to the delicious taste of The Beyond Burger, retail is the natural next step for our brand,” said Beyond Meat Founder and CEO Ethan Brown. “We couldn’t be more excited that just in time for the summer BBQ season, Canadians can now enjoy our burgers at home with friends and family, while receiving the added health and environmental benefits of...

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Apr 24 9:59 AM, General News


White Castle Announces New Limited Time Menu 

White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain, today announced the addition of its new BBQ bash lineup featuring the BBQ Brisket Slider, 99¢ BBQ Original Slider, and, for the first time since White Castle became the first fast-food chain to offer the Impossible™ Slider, a spin on the iconic slider made from plants – the BBQ Impossible Slider. Joining the new BBQ lineup are White Castle's fan-favorite Fried Pickles and a line of Summer Smoothies to keep Cravers cool. The new menu items are available at most White Castle restaurants for a limited time or while supplies last.

White Castle's new BBQ bash lineup includes the BBQ Brisket Slider, with smoked and sliced brisket, the BBQ Impossible Slider, featuring the tastier, beefier Impossible patty, and ...

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Apr 23 2:12 PM, General News


Technomic: Shifting Consumption Impacts Menu Offerings in Canada

While red meat continues to maintain strong interest among consumers, growing concerns for health and sustainability are having an increasing impact on these staples in Canada, Technomic reveals in the 2019 Canadian Centre of the Plate Consumer Trend Report. The growing popularity of alternative proteins will increasingly encroach on beef and pork’s share of the plate.

“We are seeing a rise in vegetarian or vegan dishes which have primarily impacted beef and pork consumption. But the impact will broaden going forward as plant-based substitutes emerge for other categories,” explains Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Consumers are far more likely to ...

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Apr 18 8:21 AM, General News


Kroger Introduces Don Lee Farms Plant-Based Burger into Markets

Don Lee Farms is announcing the introduction of its trailblazing Organic Plant-Based Burger in nearly 2,000 Kroger® markets. The burgers will be sold in the meat section at Kroger®, Ralphs®, Dillons®, King Soopers®, Fry's®, QFC® and Fred Meyer®.

Donald Goodman, President, Don Lee Farms, said: “Working with Kroger® has been a priority for us in our pursuit to expand to where our customers want us to be. With the addition of Kroger®, we are bringing the fastest growing burger of its kind to nearly 2,000 locations in ...

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Apr 17 9:04 AM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats Adding Impossible to Restaurants Nationwide by May 28

QDOBA Mexican Eats® is adding plant-based Impossible™ to its restaurants’ menus across the U.S. Following a successful product test in Michigan, the brand has decided to broaden its offering of Impossible with rolling availability beginning April 23 at select restaurants in Brooklyn, Denver and Los Angeles. By May 28, Impossible will be available at more than 730 locations across the country, which will make QDOBA the largest Mexican fast-casual chain to serve this plant-based protein.

“During our test, we quickly learned that consumers loved our unique take on Impossible, making it an easy decision to launch nationally,” said Jill Adams, vice president of marketing for QDOBA. “Our Impossible offering appeals to both meat lovers and vegans, while also delivering on the big, bold flavors that ...

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Apr 16 11:59 AM, General News


Aramark Launches its First Dedicated Plant-Forward Dining Concept, the Twisted Beet

Aramark, the largest U.S. based food service company, is putting a twist on comfort food, with the launch of its first dedicated plant-forward dining concept, The Twisted Beet.

Proof that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, The Twisted Beet’s plant-forward comfort food menu puts a healthy spin on dishes like meatball subs and mac and cheese, and emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, but still offers a proportionately small quantity of animal protein.

Aramark research shows that 60 percent of consumers want to reduce their meat intake and 62 percent want to eat more vegetables. In response to growing demand, Aramark has expanded its menu selections to ensure it’s providing the choices that ...

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Apr 15 10:04 AM, General News


Quaker Steak & Lube Unveils New Limited-Time Offers and Beverage Menu Perfect for Patio Season

Quaker Steak & Lube, one of the nation's leading family casual-dining restaurant chains with franchise opportunities available, has rolled out a new limited time offer menu, featuring food and beverages that provide guests with fresh, new flavors that build upon the fan-favorite classics for which Quaker Steak is known. At the same time, Quaker Steak & Lube has revamped its all-day beverage menu focusing on quality spirits and trending drink categories.

Just in time for patio season, Quaker Steak's limited-time menu features five new flavor-stacked steakburgers. The line-up starts with a Baja Burger, topped with fresh and spicy south-of-the-border flavors. With continued international flair, the Reuben Burger — piled high with...

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Apr 12 2:18 PM, General News


Maple Leaf Advances Leadership in Growing Plant-Based Protein Market with New Production Facility 

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. ("Maple Leaf" or the "Company") (TSX: MFI) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenleaf Foods, SPC, today announced plans to construct a US$310 million plant-based protein food processing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. At approximately 230,000 square feet, it will be the largest facility and investment of its kind in North America. The Company will also invest approximately US$26 million to keep pace with ongoing growth in demand at its existing facilities. This strategic initiative will support Maple Leaf's continued growth and leadership in the rapidly expanding market for plant-based protein.

"With Lightlife and Field Roast, we own the leading brands in the North American refrigerated plant-based protein market," said Michael H. McCain, President and CEO. "This investment will secure our ...

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Apr 8 9:15 AM, General News


U.S. Plant-Based Meat Market to Reach $3 Billion by 2024 

According to a new study by Research and Markets, the U.S. plant-based meat market is expected to reach a value of around $3 billion by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 24% during 2018 to 2024.

The growing traction towards the wellness consumer trend is fueling the demand for plant-based products, creating lucrative opportunities in the U.S. plant-based meat market. Brands are becoming more health-focused, and the exponential growth of food trucks, delivery, and takeout along with ...

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Apr 2 3:28 PM, Urner Barry


Burger King Restaurants Test the Impossible Whopper 

Can a plant-based patty deliver all the flame-grilled, juicy craveability of the revered BURGER KING® restaurants WHOPPER® sandwich? We think so, but can you really believe anything you hear on April Fools’ Day? In a new video, BURGER KING® restaurants surprised its loyal guests by serving the Impossible™ WHOPPER® instead of the classic WHOPPER® -- and filmed their reactions. Watch the Impossible™ WHOPPER® film at www.YouTube.com/BurgerKing.

Starting today, 59 exclusive BURGER KING® restaurants in and around St. Louis will be testing the Impossible™ WHOPPER® -- a flame-grilled, plant-based patty topped with ...

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Apr 1 9:41 AM, General News


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Becomes the Largest Restaurant Chain to Serve the Impossible Burger

Red Robin takes its menu of innovative, gourmet burgers very seriously, and its newest addition is no joke! Starting on Monday, April 1, guests visiting Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews nationwide can order The Impossible™ Burger, which delivers all the taste, aroma and beefiness of meat, but is entirely plant-based. Guests can customize any of their favorite Red Robin burgers by asking for the Impossible Burger patty.

"Our guests have come to expect culinary innovation and variety at Red Robin, so it was important for us to offer a new meatless protein option that appeals to traditional burger lovers, flexitarians or ...

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Mar 29 11:17 AM, General News


MorningStar Farms Announces Plant Based Commitment, Introduces Vegan Cheezeburger 

MorningStar Farms has announced its commitment to convert the entire portfolio to be completely plant-based, or vegan, by the year 2021. This conversion includes products available to 25,000 restaurants and eating establishments within schools, colleges and universities, and hospitals. This decision by MorningStar Farms comes at a time when consumption of meatless dishes remains strong as consumers are increasingly following restrictive or specialty diets. According to a recent report by Technomic, 50% of consumers eat vegetarian or vegan dishes at least once a month, while only 27% of those who eat such dishes say restaurants do a good job of providing options that taste good.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for us – by making this change, MorningStar Farms favorites can be enjoyed by even more people at home and ...

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Mar 6 12:56 PM, Urner Barry


Chipotle Extends Lifestyle Bowls With Meatless "Plant-Powered" Options

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced its "Plant-Powered" Lifestyle Bowl options, which include a new preconfigured organic plant-based protein "Vegan" bowl as well as a "Vegetarian" bowl that includes guacamole. Plant-Powered bowls are the first extensions in the brand's Lifestyle Bowl offering, which launched earlier this year with Keto, Paleo, Whole30 and double protein diet-approved menu options.

Whether following a vegetarian, flexitarian, or vegan diet or just looking to make healthier choices, Chipotle's customizable menu allows customers to select the items that best fit their needs. In 2014, Chipotle was an early entrant into the plant-based conversation, introducing ...

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Mar 4 8:54 AM, General News


Technomic Reports Consumption of Meatless Dishes Remains Strong

More consumers now than in 2016 say they are following restrictive specialty diets, Technomic discovered in the 2019 Center of the Plate: Seafood and Vegetarian Consumer Trend Report. While a significant majority of consumers do not follow a specialty diet, those who do are most likely to classify themselves with flexible terms such as “semivegetarian” or “flexitarian.”

“This desire for flexibility highlights the fact that dietary lifestyle choices are often not all-or-nothing decisions for consumers,” explains Bret Yonke, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Semivegetarian and flexitarian diets appeal to those who aspire to eat healthier while still providing leeway to splurge on meat or seafood occasionally. To cater to shifting behaviors, operators can offer protein substitutes for certain dishes or create a handful of build-your-own options that give consumers an even greater level of control.” 

Key takeaways from the report include ...

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Feb 28 8:18 AM, General News


Technomic Finds Sustainability Concerns and Alternative Proteins Shift Dynamic for Beef and Pork

Beef and pork have long been staples of Americans’ plates but with growing sustainability and health concerns, shifts are taking place in this category. Technomic’s 2019 Center of the Plate: Beef and Pork Consumer Trend Report explores how the rise of popularity in alternative proteins and the transparency of animal treatment are affecting consumers’ preferences.

“While demand for beef and pork still remains strong, consumers report a slight decline in consumption of these proteins over the past two years due to the growth in health and sustainability concerns,” explains Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Adjusting to consumers’ evolving approach to beef and pork consumption will be vital to growing sales. Focus should be placed on innovative and ...

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Feb 8 11:44 AM, General News


NCBA Campaigns With Facts About Fake Meat

Today the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association launched a new campaign highlighting critical questions about the production of lab-grown fake meat. The Fake Meat Facts campaign will shine a spotlight on the many unknowns that the federal government must clarify before finalizing the regulatory framework for these emerging products.

“The federal government is moving in the right direction on lab-grown fake meat oversight, but new information raises more questions than answers,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “The lack of scientific consensus surrounding cell-cultured protein products became crystal clear to me when I participated in last year’s joint public meeting. NCBA will continue to push for increased transparency to ensure consumers know the facts about lab-grown fake meat production.”

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a framework for regulating lab-grown fake meat. USDA will have primary oversight of food production and labeling, while the FDA will have oversight of cell collection and cell growth. However...

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Feb 7 9:50 AM, General News


U.S. Realizes Double-Digit Growth in Case Shipments of Plant-Based Proteins to Foodservice Operators

Case shipments of plant-based protein from broadline foodservice distributors to foodservice operators increased by 20 percent in the year ending November 2018 compared to year ago with all Census regions showing double-digit growth, reports The NPD Group. The West Census Region represents the most plant-based protein volume and case shipment growth followed closely by the South Census region, according to NPD’s SupplyTrack®.

About a quarter of the U.S. population, many of whom aren’t vegan or vegetarian, say that they eat and drink plant-based beverages and foods as well as animal protein on a regular basis. Among the reasons why plant-based proteins have ...

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Jan 24 11:33 AM, General News


White Castle Becomes the First Fast-Food Chain to Debut Impossible Foods’ New Recipe

White Castle will become the first fast-food chain in the city to debut the next-generation Impossible Burger.

Starting today, the all-new White Castle Impossible Slider recipe from Impossible Foods will be available at White Castle restaurants in the Las Vegas area including on the Strip, Downtown, and in the nearby town of Jean. Over the next few months, the new White Castle Impossible Slider recipe will roll out at all remaining 377 White Castles nationwide.

“White Castle is Impossible Foods’ largest customer so far, and the partnership has been a total sensation—acclaimed by food critics and a social media phenomenon with a trending hashtag,” said David Lee, Impossible Foods’ Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “There was never any doubt White Castle would get first priority for the national rollout of our new recipe ...

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Jan 10 10:33 AM, General News


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

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

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

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Jan 10 9:58 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Partners with Carl’s Jr. to Launch the Beyond Famous Star at More than 1,000 Locations

  • The two brands unite to bring forth a major innovation in fast food and Beyond Meat’s largest partnership to date in the U.S.
  • The charbroiled Beyond Famous Star® will feature Beyond Meat’s new Beyond Burger 2.0 patty, the latest iteration of the company’s flagship product.

Beyond Meat is partnering with Carl’s Jr. to launch The Beyond Famous Star, which marries the 100% plant-based Beyond Burger patty with the restaurant’s fan-favorite Famous Star burger.

The new Beyond Famous Star is a first-of-its-kind flexitarian take on the iconic Carl’s Jr. Famous Star, with a 100% plant-based patty from Beyond Meat. The quarter-pound patty is cooked top-to-bottom on an open flame in Carl’s Jr.’s unique char broiler, packing its delicious flavor right into the burger.

“We know people are looking for options – in fact, roughly one-third1 of consumers identify as flexitarians – and we’re thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat to bring ...

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Jan 2 10:11 AM, General News


A Few Nonconventional Grocery Trends Expected in 2019

Robots in the store and cashier-less checkout are emerging nonconventional trends for grocery in 2019, says John Karolefski, supermarket analyst and purveyor of www.GroceryStories.com.

Karolefski also predicts more subscription shopping and surprising new products on supermarket shelves.

"In 2019, grocers and manufacturers will aim to appeal to a new generation of customers," he says, "by making shopping easier and more enjoyable."

Karolefski's unconventional grocery trends for 2019 are...

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Jan 2 9:20 AM, General News


Not to Be a Pest: Why Insects Are Gaining Popularity as Feed and Food

The insect industry is quickly ramping up, fuelled by recent capital flows. In the near term, we see more potential for insect proteins as (aqua-)feed than as food. In the longer term, if consumers fall in love with insects, we expect more insect-based products also on supermarket shelves.

Increasing investor interest is driving growth in the insect sector

Recent investment flows into the insect sector are enabling faster growth of insect protein production. The investments received by the sector in 2018 are 40% higher than the sum of investments received in the last four years. Some of the largest investments of 2018 were received by companies growing black soldier fly...

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Dec 27 12:27 PM, General News


Del Taco plants Beyond Meat Tacos in San Diego

The first Mexican fast food chain to offer plant-based Beyond Meat® taco options expands test further in Southern California

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant,* today announced the expansion of its Beyond Tacos test to San Diego. Beginning Thursday, December 13th, Del Taco, the first Mexican fast food chain to offer Beyond Meat’s plant-based protein option, will be testing Beyond Tacos – made with Del Taco’s seasoned Beyond Meat recipe – at 16 locations in San Diego, and five in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.**

“With a growing demand for vegan and vegetarian options among our guests, we saw an opportunity within the space to partner with Beyond Meat to develop a proprietary blend of seasoned, 100 percent plant-based meat ...

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Dec 11 9:24 AM, General News


USDA and FDA to Jointly Oversee Regulation of Cell-Cultured Food Products

The following is a statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb:

After several thoughtful discussions between our two Agencies that incorporated this stakeholder feedback, we have concluded that both the USDA and the FDA should jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. Drawing on the expertise of both USDA and FDA, the Agencies are today announcing agreement on a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. And, the Agencies are actively refining the technical details of the framework, including...

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Nov 19 8:10 AM, General News


Impossible Foods’ Flagship Product is Now Available in About 5,000 Restaurants

The Impossible Burger is now available in about 5,000 restaurants in the United States.

Impossible Foods’ flagship product is available in restaurants in all 50 states, from Alaska to Florida -- and in stadiums, arenas, museums, corporate canteens and other locations.

The award-winning Impossible Burger is the only plant-based burger served at America’s favorite “better burger” concepts Fatburger, Wahlburgers, Umami Burger, Hopdoddy, Gott’s and The Counter, as well as the Midwest’s M-Burger and B Spot (owned by Chef Michael Symon). Additional restaurants add the Impossible Burger every day.

On Nov. 12, an Impossible Burger and Impossible Slider will debut at more than... 

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Nov 13 9:27 AM, General News


Kroger Shares Top Food Trends for 2019

From regional tastes to plant-based alternatives, the year ahead will focus on flexible eating styles

Kroger announced today its top food trend predictions for 2019, insightfully curated by its team of Our Brands new product developers, chefs and innovators, focusing on flexible eating styles.

No matter the preference or practice, the latest tastes and trends can be found in the aisles where customers shop for Simple Truth®, Kroger's natural, organic and free-from brand, Kroger®, Where Awesome Meets Affordable™, and Private Selection®, a collection of culinary creations designed to elevate every occasion.

Kroger's Top 5 Trends for 2019...

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Oct 23 10:02 AM, General News


NCBA to Reiterate Unwavering Support for USDA Oversight of Lab-Grown Fake Meat

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will highlight the food safety and product labeling expertise of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during a two-day public meeting on lab-grown fake meat.

The public meeting, hosted jointly by USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), takes place October 23-24. The meeting agenda lists a wide range of topics for consideration, including potential production hazards, food labeling, and marketing claims.

NCBA President Kevin Kester and President-Elect Jennifer Houston are scheduled to deliver remarks during the open comment periods of the session. Houston will explain why USDA is well-positioned to apply current food safety processes to lab-grown fake meat products. Two-thirds of the facilities already overseen by USDA are “processing-only” facilities where harvesting of animals does not take place...

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Oct 23 9:33 AM, General News


Aramark Heats Up Arenas with 25 New Menu Items for the NHL and NBA Seasons

To kick off arena season, Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) -- the food and beverage provider at nine NHL and NBA arenas, who will serve nearly eight million fans attending NHL and NBA games -- is heating up the ice and hardwood with new menus stocked with everything from hometown hot dogs to vegetarian poke bowls.

Some of the new menu items Aramark is introducing at the arenas it serves include...

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Oct 19 10:16 AM, General News




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