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Starbucks Launches A Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwich In Canada

Plant-based proteins are finally making it onto fast food breakfast menus and as a breakfast lover who’s unable to eat meat for the next few months, I couldn’t be happier to have another morning option that isn’t fruit or oatmeal.

After flocks of customer requests to add more diverse protein options to the menu, Starbucks locations throughout Canada will be releasing a Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwich early next week. Next week, Beyond Meat fans up north will be able to sink their teeth into these meatless breakfast sandwiches.

The Beyond Meat, Cheddar, and Egg Sandwich is made with a 100% plant-based Beyond Breakfast Sausage comprised of ingredients such as soy, peas, brown rice, and gluten. Paired with a fried egg, and a slice of cheddar cheese, the sandwich is loaded between two slices of English Muffin.

While meatless, the new breakfast sandwich isn’t truly vegan — as it still contains egg and cheese. The chain, however, says all you have to do is take the egg and cheese off upon ordering to get that full vegan effect.

Look for this new sandwich at all Starbucks locations across Canada beginning March 3.

Full disclosure, I own a share of Beyond Meat.

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Packaged Food Restaurants

Restaurant’s Take On Loaded ‘Animal Fries’ Is 100 Percent VEGAN

Last year, Monty’s Good Burger took Los Angeles by storm, hitting the scene as what’s essentially the vegan answer to In-N-Out. Located in Koreatown, the burger shack based their menu around plant-based ingredients and was lauded as a vegan fast food lover’s paradise.

Guests could find the meatless variation of pretty much any In-N-Out item, including burgers, fries, and floats.

Now, like every other popping fast food joint, Monty’s is also offering a secret menu item.

The Dog Pile Fries features the restaurant’s julienne fries and crispy tater tots topped with slices of Follow Your Heart Non-Dairy cheese, grilled onions, pickles, and two Impossible 2.0 burger patties topped with a bevy of savory sauces including a vegan take on Thousand Island dressing. It’s fitting with the “Vegan In-N-Out” moniker Monty’s has taken on, since this is basically a plant-based version of Animal Fries.

To unlock access to this meat-free feast, you simply have to ask for them when ordering at the register. Do so with confidence, and be prepared to tackle this massive pile of vegan goodness. You may need a small squad to brave this formidable secret menu item.

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Tyson Foods’ CEO Thinks The Future Of Food Could Be Meatless

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Tyson Foods’ CEO Tom Hayes just made a bold proclamation that we should definitely all pay attention to.

In an interview with FOX Business, the head of one of the world’s largest chicken manufacturers claimed that plant-based protein is going to become a significant part of the future of food.

“If you take a look at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) stats, protein consumption is growing around the world—and it continues to grow. It’s not just hot in the U.S.; it’s hot everywhere, people want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”

With our world’s food supply projected to run out by 2050 on its current trajectory, many alternatives to foods – including protein – have been heavily discussed and researched by the food industry. It’s led to the development of many key alternative protein products, such as utilizing bugs in items like pasta and turning plants into meaty products like Impossible Foods’ famous bleeding plant-based burger.

Hayes has apparently caught onto that trend, and is leading Tyson in a direction to be a part of the plant-based category of meats. The company has already acquired 5% of plant-based meat company Beyond Meat and has a $150 million venture capital fund to help startups who are attempting to make their own meat alternatives.

With the plant-based meat market value being well over $500 million and plant-based products to have a $5 billion market by 2020, things are only looking up for the plant-based meat industry. Especially now that one of the biggest names in meat production has thrown their support behind this movement.

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Petition For In-N-Out Veggie Burgers Now Has Thousands Of Signatures

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With In-N-Out Burger, what you see is exactly what you get. So why would anyone expect the menu to offer meatless burgers at the popular West Coast fast food chain?

A petition of more than 25,000 signatures was started on Change.org, addressed to In-N-Out execs, to get a vegetarian burger on the menu.

Not interested in multiple orders of French fries or buns with just cheese, an organization called “The Good-Food Institute” is fighting to make In-N-Out more nutritious and less meaty.

The petition claims that In-N-Out is letting customers down by:

“…failing to serve anything that would satisfy a burger-loving customer who wants a healthy, humane, and sustainable option.”

The thing is that In-N-Out’s menu has been around for decades. They really haven’t changed anything since then, and they shouldn’t have to now. Cumbersome adjustments like setting up a new grill and process just to cook the veggie patties makes for some odd and unnecessary changes.

If you want meatless options, there are plenty of spots you can visit that offers them. Heck, your petition even lists a few of them.

In-N-Out has yet to respond to the steadily growing petition. While we watch the petition numbers climb, we’re gonna go ahead and grab a fat Double Double for lunch.

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Packaged Food

Whole Foods Is Selling A Vegan Burger That Bleeds When Cooked

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I’ll be the first to admit that some vegan burgers can be pretty delicious. I say this after helping devour that massive 11-patty Guy Fieri burger. It just depends on whether it’s done right. So what kind of vegan patty would catch the attention of a red-blooded meat eater?

Maybe one that bleeds when cooked like regular beef.

Beyond Meat made headlines a while back after they debut their Beyond Burger. The protein would emit a reddish juice that looked similar to blood through the use of beets. Developers also found a way for the meat to brown like a hamburger, yet stay moist and pink on the inside.

According to the NY Times, Whole Foods is currently testing the patties at a store in Boulder, Colo. While you can only find it at the one location at first, the hope is to further the patties’ available by releasing them at more Whole Foods over time.

Not sure what a bloody veggie-based burger would do for a practicing vegan, but if you’re a mealtime looking to ease into a healthier appetite, this is probably the closest transition.

A pack of two patties, 4-ounces each, costs $5.99.

Photo: Beyond Meat

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Fast Food

This Is Wendy’s New Vegetarian Burger

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Wendy’s is going vegetarian. The fast food chain is currently testing a new Black Bean Burger for non-meat eaters to enjoy.

The burger is made with a roasted red pepper corn & black bean patty, tomatoes, spring vegetables, pepper jack cheese and a parmesan ranch sauce. It’s served on a multigrain bun made with nine different grains and seeds.

Because of the burger is meatless, the patties are cooked in an oven to keep it from touching the meat juices commonly found on the grill. Sounds like Wendy’s is covering all its bases.

Currently, the new burger is being tested in Salt Lake City, Columbus and Columbia. If successful, expect to see it get a national release sometime in the near future.

 

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Chipotle’s First New Menu Item in 20 Years: the Meatless, Tofu Burrito

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After testing their Sofritas option in select markets for the past year, Chipotle has announced plans to introduce the meatless protein to its menu. The fast-casual chain describes the new item as a shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of spices. Patrons will be able to use Sofritas for vegan and veggie burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads.

In the company’s 20-year history, Chipotle has never updated its menu with an entirely new product — save for the occasional addition of brown rice. However,  the brand’s culinary manager Nate Appleman tells Fast Company that they’ve come up with a tofu option that “even if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, you could eat it and love it.” Appleman also noted that the product underwent several tweaks before the chain finalized the chili-based recipe.’

For those of you who’ve had a chance to try Chipotle’s new tofu burritos, sound off in the comments!

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Chipotle Expands ‘Sofritas’ Tofu Option to West Coast

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Back in February, Chipotle began testing a new shredded tofu option, “Sofritas,” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, the burrito chain expanded this new addition to the rest of California, and according to Businessweek, “Sofritas now account for 4 percent to 5 percent of sales in the state.”

Due to its success, Chipotle will offer the tofu option throughout the West Coast by the end of this month. The vegetarian-friendly filling is GMO-free and  features shredded tofu braised with tomatoes, poblano peppers and chipotle sauce. Customers will be able to add Sofritas to any of the chain’s burrito, taco and salad dishes.

Of course, the company hopes to attract both herbivores and carnivores alike. “This isn’t your typical tofu dish,” spokeswoman Danielle Winslow told Businessweek in an e-mail. Winslow added that the goal is to offer tofu options “good enough to have crossover appeal as well.”

H/T + PicThx Businessweek