”At Beyond Meat, we want all of the good and none of the bad. We want to eat delicious meat but we don’t want any of the bad stuff that goes along with it. Is that too much to ask? Well no, actually. Not since we created meat from plants.”
Brilliant, right? Beyond Meat develops and manufactures a variety of plant protein-based food products. The meat substitutes are made from mixtures of soy protein, pea protein isolates, yeast, and other ingredients. As of 2014, the company’s product offerings consisted of Beyond Chicken and Beyond Beef. A vegan and soy-free burger patty, called the The Beast, was released in 2015.
Beyond Meat’s Chicken-Free products, marketed as Beyond Chicken, are made from a mixture of soy and pea proteins, fiber, and other ingredients and are marketed as a healthy alternative to chicken meat. Ingredients are mixed and fed into a food extrusion machine which cooks the mixture while forcing it through a specially designed mechanism that uses steam, pressure, and cold water to form the product’s chicken-like texture. After being processed in the extrusion machine, the product is cut to size, seasoned, and grilled before being packaged.
The company’s two flavors of Beyond Beef imitation ground beef product, Beefy and Feisty, are made from pea proteins, canola oil, and various seasonings. The soy and gluten-free pea protein mixture initially resembles a paste before being heated and processed by an extrusion machine.
The Beyond Burger
In May 2016, Beyond Meat released the first plant-based burger to be sold alongside beef, poultry and pork in the meat section of the grocery store. Making its debut at the Pearl St. Whole Foods in Boulder, CO, The Beyond Burger sold out within the first hour of hitting shelves. The Beyond Burger contains 20 grams of protein and has no soy, no gluten, no GMOS, zero cholesterol, and half the saturated fat of an 80/20 beef burger.
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