What we know about McDonald’s new “McPlant” plant-based burger

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The fast food giant’s shift toward plant-based meat could have major implications for the growing sector—but it’s not quite clear where this specific plant-based meat is coming from. As one of the world’s largest buyers of beef—the most climate-damaging food on the planet—McDonald’s is working to reduce emissions by supporting regenerative agriculture . But it’s also launching a new “McPlant” plant-based burger, something that could also make a difference if it can scale up. Read Full Story

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These plant-based steaks come out of a 3D printer

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Plant-based burgers are one thing, but a fake steak that can convince meat eaters is a much harder accomplishment. Redefine Meat thinks it’s figured it out. Inside a lab in Rehovot, Israel, a 3D printer the size of an industrial refrigerator is busy printing plant-based steaks. Redefine Meat , the startup that developed the technology, sees it as the next step for the world of alternative protein: If companies like Impossible Foods have created plant-based burgers that are meaty enough to tempt omnivores, now the industry wants options for realistic whole cuts of faux meat. Read Full Story

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Impossible Foods is branching out from burgers. Next up: Milk

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The maker of one of the most popular new meatless burgers is working on a better option for nondairy milk. There’s already almond, oat, cashew, and soy plant-based milks on the market, but soon, there might also be Impossible Milk. The makers of the meatless burger that “bleeds” are working on a plant-based milk that tastes and acts like it comes from a cow. Read Full Story

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I tried Pizza Hut’s Beyond Meat sausage pizza. It’s good enough to ditch meat

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It’s time we question every animal ingredient to decide if it’s really necessary to the dining experience. Fast food is being taken over by meat alternatives. Impossible meat is now served at Burger King, White Castle, and Starbucks. Meanwhile, Beyond Meat can be found on the menus of Dunkin’ Donuts and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr.—and perhaps KFC soon . Even McDonald’s, which has held out the longest, has teased a new McPlant burger. Read Full Story

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Plant-based burgers aren’t a health food. That’s a good thing

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The point is to get people to stop eating meat, not fix their diets. It’s been a few years since the Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat burgers began showing up in grocery stores and restaurants. Despite their popularity, critics note that high-tech meat alternatives don’t exactly deserve a health halo . Perhaps in response, Impossible Foods r eleased its 2.0 version in 2019 , with 36% less sodium and 43% less saturated fat. Late last year, Beyond Meat announced its plans to debut a newer, leaner patty with less saturated fat as well. Read Full Story

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When will we reach peak meat?

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The year that animal protein consumption begins to decline might be sooner than you think. A decade ago, companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods hadn’t yet started selling their ultrarealistic plant-based burgers to omnivores. But within the next decade, meat alternatives are likely to capture so much of the market that North America will reach “peak meat,” and the consumption of animal protein will start to decline. 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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This new plant-based shrimp expands the fake meat menu

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New Wave Foods thinks its seaweed and plant-protein creation can replace the nearly 5 pounds of shrimp Americans eat annually—and help clean up an industry rife with bad labor practices. After five years and $8 million dollars, sustainable seafood alternative company New Wave Foods is ready to launch its first product: plant-based shrimp. Read Full Story

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Plant-based meat sales exploded during the pandemic. Here’s how to keep consumers coming back

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Four in five consumers say sustainability matters, but taste and health both rate higher. During the early stage of the pandemic, consumers had trouble buying meat as food processing facilities shut temporarily to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, consumers turned to plant-based alternatives for protein in home-cooked meals. Many were first-time buyers. As a result, for a two-week period in March, plant-based meat sales grew 148% . Nielsen also reported that sales of all alternative meat products rose 264% in the nine weeks ending May 2. Read Full Story

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