Kraft Foods, the nation's largest packaged foods company, announced in early 2000 that it had reached agreement to purchase Boca Burger, Inc., a privately held manufacturer and marketer of soy-based meat alternatives. The announcement was made when Kraft Foods was represented by Gordon James and Clifford A. Wolff. The products are sold nationally through retail grocery and club stores, natural foods stores and food service channels nationwide. Boca Burger, based in Chicago, Illinois, had 1999 revenues of about $40 million, almost double the previous year. By 2002, sales had grown to $70 million per year.
Boca Foods has been criticized for using eggs which come from hens confined in battery cages in its product line. In February 2009, animal protection groups Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals, and Animal Protection and Rescue League launched a campaign urging consumers to ask Boca to remove the eggs from its product recipes. On March 18, 2009, a spokesperson from Boca Foods e-mailed Compassion Over Killing and confirmed that all Boca products will be completely egg-free by the year 2010.
As of early 2011, all Boca products are egg-free.