Beyond Meat to supply McDonalds with plant based patty in new 3-year strategic partnership deal

US – Alternative Proteins Company Beyond Meat, Inc. has secured a 3 year supply deal with US multinational fast food restaurant franchise McDonalds. The two companies signed a three-year global strategic agreement in late February this year to formalize the supply deal. As part of the agreement, Beyond Meat® will be McDonald’s preferred supplier for the patty in the McPlant®, a new plant-based burger being tested in select McDonald’s markets globally. In addition, Beyond Meat and McDonald’s will explore co-developing other plant-based menu items – like plant-based options for chicken,…

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Pepsico, Beyond Meat create joint venture to pursue development of plant-based drinks and snacks

US – PepsiCo and Beyond Meat have created a joint venture called The PLANeT Partnership that will develop, produce and market snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein. In a joint statement, the companies said the joint venture will leverage Beyond Meat’s technology in plant-based protein development and PepsiCo’s marketing and commercial capabilities. PepsiCo has prioritized increasing offerings in its portfolio that meet growing consumer demand for foods and drinks that fall in the better-for-you category. Plant-based products have gained particular momentum during the pandemic as people have watched…

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Plant based burger maker Beyond Meat completes acquisition of co-parker unit to save costs

 US – Beyond Meat, a leading Plant-based burger maker, has completed the acquisition of its Pennsylvania co-packer for US$14.5 million in an effort to reduce costs and have greater control to test new processes and more quickly scale up new products. The transaction follows the acquisition of a manufacturing facility in the Netherlands in Q2 which beyond meat expects to bring online by the end of the year. The company has also leased a facility in China, which will begin production in 2020 and is expected to reach full scale…

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Pizza Hut partners Beyond Meat to roll out sausage alternative across restaurant in US

US – American restaurant chain and international franchise, Pizza Hut has partnered with Beyond Meat to add a sausage alternative from the plant-based meat giant to its menus nationwide in the US. The restaurant chain’s new Beyond Pan Pizzas were co-created by culinary teams at Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut to deliver the taste of Pizza Hut’s Italian pork sausage in a meat-free option. According to a statement from Pizza Hut, the Great Beyond Pizza combines fresh veggie toppings with Beyond Italian Sausage, a plant-based meat alternative seasoned with Italian…

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Veggies Made Great brand releases new line of frittatas produced by Beyond Meat

USA – As part of a new partnership with Beyond Meat, the Veggies Made Great brand has released a new line of frittatas to help people consume less animal meat and instead more plant-based alternatives. The new additions will join Veggies Made Great’s range of frittatas – including spinach egg white; veggie “bacon” and potato; and mushroom and three cheese egg. The new range features Beyond beef crumbles and comes in two varieties: sausage and pepper frittata; and sausage, egg and cheese frittata. “This is the very first Veggies Made…

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Beyond Meat launches Beyond Breakfast Sausage links containing 40% less sodium

USA – Beyond Meat, a producer of plant-based meat substitutes, has announced the launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage links, which aim to deliver the same taste and texture as their pork-based counterpart. According to Beyond Meat, the plant-based links are free from GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, synthetic colours, hormones, antibiotics and cholesterol. Featuring a blend of savoury herbs and spices, the company’s latest offering is said to contain 40% less sodium than a leading brand of traditional pork breakfast sausage links. “With demand for plant-based breakfast options continuing to rise and…

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Beyond Meat launches vegetarian-friendly meatballs grocery stores across the US

USA – Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat alternative company, has announced that it is rolling out meatless meatballs at grocery stores across the US this October. Rather than the standard pork, beef or veal that comprise meatballs, Beyond Meat’s version uses peas, brown rice, and a blend of Italian spices to make a vegetarian-friendly alternative to the normal recipe. Plant-based meat alternatives have seen significant growth in the last few years. Sales for meat substitutes increased 454% in March, according to Nielsen and Beyond Meat outpaced Wall Street predictions in…

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Plant based meat producer Beyond Meat set to build two production facilities in China

CHINA – Beyond Meat Inc., a U.S. plant-based meat substitutes producer, has signed a deal to build two production facilities in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang, as the plant-based meat products maker ramps up its focus on the rapidly growing Chinese market. The move makes it the first foreign plant-based protein maker to establish a major production facility in China, the company said. It also gives Beyond Meat an edge over rival Impossible Foods Inc., whose “magic ingredient” of heme — made from genetically modified yeast — requires government approval…

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Beyond Meat partners with EVERFI launching virtual sustainable course targeting 5th – 8th graders

USA – US plant-based meat producer, Beyond Meat has announced that it is collaborating with EVERFI, a leading digital education innovator, to create a science-based course on sustainability. According to the company, the course available in October throughout the 2020-2021 school year, will be offered at no cost to students, teachers and parents across the country. The course, designed for fifth through eighth graders, is grounded in real-world experiences and covers topics on global resource constraints, the importance of biodiversity, climate change and how to innovate for a healthy life.…

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Beyond Meat expands in Europe with new manufacturing facilities

NETHERLANDS – US plant-based meat producer, Beyond Meat has opened its first co-manufacturing facility in Europe, located in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands to back the company’s expansion plans in the EMEA region. Beyond Meat said that the new co-manufacturing facility, owned and operated by Zandbergen, will produce the company’s range of plant-based meat products including Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage and is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of its products across EMEA. The company added that production at the new Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility will also include the upcoming debut…

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