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I don't expect this to be a hot topic but I consider it a serious topic. We have kind of discussed this offline a few times. For a whole variety of reasons I'm 100% for the development of alternative meats, lab grown meat, pseudo-meat, etc. so this thread is dedicated to that.

article - https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/13/tyson-foods-meatless-alternative-proteins/


Tyson, one of the biggest food producers in the US, is getting into the alternative protein game, but it hasn't embraced entirely plant-based products just yet. Its chicken nugget alternative contains egg, while the burger patties in the Raised & Rooted lineup are a blend of lean Angus beef and pea protein.

Along with egg white, the chicken-less nuggets also use pea protein, in addition to flaxseed and bamboo fiber. Both products will go on sale later this year. Tyson says it's working on more alternative proteins, but it's not clear as to whether any of those will be entirely plant-based.

"Today's consumers are seeking more protein options, so we're creating new products for the growing number of people open to flexible diets that include both meat and plant-based protein," Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, said in a statement. He added that Tyson has no plans to move away from traditional meat, and will sell both types of products.

The move underscores a growing demand, and makes Tyson a direct competitor to Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, both of which sell vegan plant-based proteins that are rapidly growing in popularity. Tyson was an investor in Beyond, but sold its holding before that company's IPO in April. When Beyond filed to go public in November, Tyson held a 6.5 percent ownership stake. By this week, Beyond's stock price had soared more than 600% since its IPO.

Cool! The competition from Beyond and Impossible must have kickstarted this and considering the investment, others must see the financial opportunities in this too.


One a technical sidenote, there are very good reasons why you keep seeing rice and peas being the sources of protein in the plant-based options. It has to do with providing the "complete" protein as it compares to meat and dairy (for the full explanation you would have to spend some time googling PDCAAS, PER and BV to put together the full picture).

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"Impossible Foods Gets FDA Color Nod, Plans Output Expansion"
article - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-31/impossible-burger-s-color-gets-fda-nod-clearing-retail-hurdle



The Impossible Burger, so far only available at restaurants, could finally be making its way to U.S. grocery store shelves, giving chief rival Beyond Meat Inc. a new competitor inside retail. It also announced on Wednesday plans to produce more of the meat-free patties through a new collaboration.

In response to a petition submitted by Impossible Foods, the Silicon Valley-based maker of the eponymous burger, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has amended its rules to call the use of soy leghemoglobin safe as a color additive in imitation beef, clearing a key hurdle in the company’s push to sell raw product inside grocery stores.

The rule change is effective Sept. 4, though petitioners still have a chance to file objections. The original petition filed in December specified that heme could “not exceed 0.8% by weight” of the final product.




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