The newest fake meat startup wants to make the ‘world’s favorite protein’ a plant, not a bird

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The plant-based chicken company Daring is going after the chicken industry—with new investment help from a meat powerhouse. “How much chicken do you get in one order?” I ask Ross Mackay, before it took a solid beat for me to register that his product, of course, is not chicken. It is, in fact, the anti-chicken. As the marketing materials boldly state, it’s “1000% not chicken.” Read Full Story

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Taco Bell was always good for vegetarians—now it’s adding plant-based meat

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Taco Bell’s bean burritos have appealed to vegetarians and vegans for decades, but the chain now is seeing the value in adding plant-based meat to its menu. Long before the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and Beyond Meat chicken at KFC , Taco Bell filled a fast-food gap for vegetarians and vegans with its easy ability to swap beans for beef and its “fresco” style modification, which subs pico de gallo for dairy toppings such as sour cream and cheese. The company even once said it wouldn’t pursue adding plant-based options from Impossible or Beyond, despite growing interest from other fast-food eateries in those menu additions, instead focusing on its own vegetarian offerings that have been available for decades. Read Full Story

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At the first lab-grown meat restaurant, you can eat a ‘cultured chicken’ sandwich

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Tastes like chicken . . . because it is. At a new restaurant in Tel Aviv called The Chicken , the chicken on the menu is grown from cells in a bioreactor in an adjacent pilot plant visible through a glass window. Diners don’t pay for their meals; instead, SuperMeat, the startup making the “cultured chicken” meat, is asking for feedback on its products, as it prepares for large-scale production of food that it thinks can transform the industry. Read Full Story

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Beyond Meat is benefiting from the real meat shortage

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But the closure of retail partners like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts presets challenges ahead. As meat shortages continue around the country due to COVID-19 lockdowns shutting down production, at least one company is benefiting: Beyond Meat. The plant-based meat startup’s stock has surged 162% since mid-March, reports CNBC , due partly to meat-production plant shutdowns. Read Full Story

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