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Beyond Meat, Inc.
ISINUS08862E1091 Edit this on Wikidata
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
FounderEthan Brown
RevenueUS$33 million (2017), 87.9 million 2018[1]
Number of employees
400 (June 29, 2019)

Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat substitutes founded in 2009 by Ethan Brown. The company's initial products became available across the United States in 2013.[2][3][4][5] The company has products designed to simulate chicken, beef, and pork sausage.


A meatless burger made with a Beyond Meat patty at a restaurant in Israel

The company was founded as a California-based startup by Ethan Brown in 2009.[6] The company has received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins, Obvious Corporation, Bill Gates, Biz Stone, the Humane Society[7][8] and Tyson Foods.[9] The company began selling its chicken-free mock chicken products in Whole Foods supermarkets across the US in April 2013.[10][11] In 2014, it developed a simulated beef product.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named Beyond Meat as its company of the year for 2013.[12][13]

Whole Foods introduced the company to the food manufacturing company Don Lee Farms, and Don Lee Farms became the exclusive manufacturer of the Beyond Burger product for Beyond Meat under an agreement established in 2016.[14]

Tyson Foods purchased a 5% stake in Beyond Meat in October 2016.[15] It sold its 6.5% stake and exited the investment in April 2019, ahead of the company's initial public offering.[16]

In June 2018, Beyond Meat opened its second production facility in Columbia, Missouri, resulting in a three-fold increase of the company's manufacturing space.[17] The company also claimed to have 27,000 different points of distribution for their products in the United States.[18] In July, the company was rolling out their products to 50 international markets, partnering with Tesco in the UK and Tim Hortons[19] and A&W in Canada.[20] In July 2019, Dunkin' Donuts announced that they would begin selling breakfast sandwiches using the Meatless Sausage product in Manhattan, with plans for national distribution beginning on November 6, 2019.[21][22]

In March 2019, a civil suit was filed against Beyond Meat by its former business partner, Don Lee Farms, after Beyond Meat switched to using different suppliers for its products. Don Lee Farms alleged breach of contract, and further alleged that they had expressed "significant concerns" about food safety protocols at Beyond Meat's facility.[14]

As of July 2019, Beyond Meat had a market value of US $11.7 billion,[23] following a value of $3.8 billion on the day of its initial public offering, May 2, 2019.[24] Beyond Meat trades on the United States NASDAQ exchange under the symbol, BYND.[23]


The Beast Burger, the company's first burger patty, released in 2015

The company develops and manufactures a variety of protein-based food products.[25] The vegan meat substitutes are made from mixtures of pea protein isolates, rice protein, mung bean protein, canola oil, coconut oil, and other ingredients like potato starch, apple extract, sunflower lecithin, and pomegranate powder with a range of vitamins and minerals.[26][27] Beef products that "bleed" are achieved by using beet juice.[25]

One Beyond Meat burger patty contains 270 kilocalories and 5 grams of saturated fat.[28] Nutrition of the burger varies according to the restaurant chain in which it is served.[29]

The ingredients are mixed and fed into a food extrusion machine that 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.[11]

As of 2014, the company's product offerings consisted of Beyond Chicken and Beyond Beef.[30] The company's two flavours of imitation ground beef product are made from pea proteins, canola oil, and various seasonings.

The company announced in 2014 that it had begun development and testing of a new product called "The Beast". The vegetable protein-based burger patties were taste tested by The New York Mets during a pregame event.[31][32]

The soy-free vegan burger patties branded as "The Beast" were released in February 2015.[33][3][30] The Beast Burger contained 23 grams of protein and has micronutrients added during manufacturing.[34][35]

In December 2017, the company announced a vegan alternative to pork sausage called "Beyond Sausage".[36] The three varieties of "sausage" were called Bratwurst, Hot Italian, and Sweet Italian.[37] As of July 2019, the company was producing plant-based products for burgers, beef, beef crumbles, and sausage.[38]

In June 2019, the New Zealand restaurant Hell Pizza used the company's product for a "burger pizza" without disclosing that its "medium-rare burger patty" was not meat. The local Ministry for Primary Industries launched an investigation after several complaints, and concluded that the product description did not meet the food standards code, but declined to take formal action against the company.[39]

In August 2019, a KFC restaurant in Atlanta, tested Beyond Fried Chicken as a menu option. The product sold out in five hours, and outsold a typical week of popcorn chicken sales. A tweet by KFC after the product had sold out described it as a "Kentucky Fried Miracle".[40]

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  8. ^ "Where's the beef? Not in these new plant-based burgers". USA TODAY.
  9. ^ "Tyson Foods Invests in Beyond Meat". 10 October 2016.
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  14. ^ a b Beyond Meat Sued by Former Partner Don Lee Farms, Specialty Food News 03/11/2019, accessed April 25, 2019
  15. ^ Strom, Stephanie (10 October 2016). "Tyson Foods, a Meat Leader, Invests in Protein Alternatives". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Tyson sells stake in plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat". Reuters. April 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  17. ^ Watson, Elaine (29 June 2018). "Beyond Meat triples manufacturing footprint". William Reed Business Media. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
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  19. ^ "Beyond Meat®". Tim Hortons. Retrieved Aug 26, 2019.
  20. ^ Starostinetskaya, Anna (2 July 2018). "Beyond Meat Triples Production to Keep Up with Demand". VegNews. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  21. ^ Genovese, Daniella (2019-10-21). "Dunkin' announces nationwide rollout of Beyond Sausage Sandwich". FOXBusiness. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  22. ^ Business, Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN. "Dunkin' is launching a breakfast sandwich with Beyond Meat sausage". CNN. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
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  26. ^ Root, Al. "Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods Could Be the Coke and Pepsi of Alternative Meat".
  27. ^ Stephanie Strom (April 2, 2014). "Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Chicken". New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  28. ^ Harris, Sophia. "Beyond Meat says its burgers are healthier than beef, health experts aren't so sure". CBC. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  29. ^ Capritto, Amanda. "Impossible Burger vs Beyond Meat Burger, Taste, Ingredients and availability compared". CNET. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  30. ^ a b Jacob Barker (Aug 7, 2012). "Chicken substitute to be made in Columbia". Columbia Tribune. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  31. ^ Sarah Nassauer (June 25, 2014). "Meatless Burgers Make Their MLB Pitch". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  32. ^ "Beyond Meat Pitching Beast Burger to Big Leagues". VegNews. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  33. ^ Haber, Matt (April 9, 2015). "How Long Before Silicon Valley Can Produce Fake Meat That Tastes Like Real Meat?". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  34. ^ Angle, Sara and Rachel Schultz (February 13, 2015). "Beyond Meat's High-Protein Veggie Burger Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Vegans". Shape Magazine. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  35. ^ Joiner, James (January 15, 2015). "The Veggie Burgers With Meaty Ambition". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  36. ^ Kowitt, Beth (18 December 2017). "Food Tech Startup Beyond Meat Is Rolling Out a Plant-Based Sausage". Fortune. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  37. ^ Minton, Melissa (18 December 2017). "Beyond Meat Debuts First Plant-Based Sausage in Three Flavors". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
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  39. ^ Hell Pizza escapes formal action over Beyond Meat stunt
  40. ^ Taylor, Derrick. "What Sandwhich War? KFC Sells Out of Plant-Based 'Chicken' in Atlanta". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 August 2019.

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