NY TIMES: This is No Joke! The Impossible Whopper Debuts at Burger King

It may be April 1, but this announcement is dead serious. News platforms erupted this morning with Burger King dropping the launch of the “Impossible Whopper” at 57 St. Louis locations. BK is the biggest fast casual chain yet to offer a plant-based alternative to a traditional burger. With Carl’s Jr and A&W already sporting…

SKIFT TABLE: Red Robin Turns to Plant-Based Burgers to Increase Sales

It’s no longer a secret that consumers are looking for meat-free options, even at traditionally meat-heavy establishments like All-American burger joints. Red Robin has taken noticed and announced the addition of the Impossible Burger at all 570 of its US locations. The move comes after a disappointing year for Red Robin from a sales perspective….

THE SPOON: Light Life Launches into the Plant-Based Burger Arena

Do these burgers look familiar? Light Life – a Greenleaf Foods brand under the Maple Leaf umbrella – has just launched what appears to be it’s version of the Beyond Burger. Similar to their competitor, the patties are made of pea protein and are GMO, soy and gluten-free. We will have to see if they…

Disrupting the Seafood Industry with Chad Sarno

This month, TPBW had the pleasure of chatting with Chad Sarno, Co-founder and VP of Culinary for Good Catch Foods. In this conversation Chad tells the story of Good Catch and offers valuable advice for his colleagues in the culinary space as consumers continue to shift towards healthier, more sustainable foods. Last month we featured…

FOOD NAVIGATOR: Plant Based Chicken Nuggets Concept Raises $1 Million

Chicken nuggets are among the most accessible food out there. Imagine the impact on human health, sustainability and animal welfare if even a small percentage of chicken nugget consumption was shifted to plant-based nuggets. Startup Seattle Food Tech is thinking about just that: Seattle Food Tech raises $1m, starts delivering plant-based chicken nuggets to schools,…

THE ECONOMIST: Plant-Based Protein and America’s Food Supply

The Economist reports on the impact that shifting to plant-based protein could have on the American food supply. The full story also includes a graphic showing the opportunity costs of animal versus plant protein sources. Alon Shepon of the Weizmann Institute and colleagues have looked at this in terms of opportunity costs. Choosing to make…

DELI MARKET NEWS: Maple Leaf Foods Launches Plant-Based Subsidiary

Major food producer Maple Lead foods has launched its own plant-based subsidiary which will go by the name of Greenleaf Foods. The new company will consolidate the brands Litelife and Field Roast under one name. Greenleaf will be headquartered in Chicago, IL, and led by industry veteran Dan Curtin. “We have established leading brands that…

FOOD NAVIGATOR: Good Food Conference Dives Into the Science of Meat Alternatives

Last week in Berkeley, CA, The Good Food Institute hosted the first ever Good Food Conference. The event featured two full days of education and panels on topics related to meat alternatives from plant-based to clean meat. Check out the full article courtesy of Food Navigator, below. GOOD FOOD CONFERENCE: ‘Biochemistry is really transforming the…

INDEPENDENT: Beyond Meat Expands to the UK

As a part of its massive worldwide expansion, Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger will be available in Tesco stores across the UK this summer. The partnership with Tesco is the result of two years of negotiations that began when Beyond Meat launched the burger in May 2016. Derek Sarno, director of plant-based innovation at Tesco, says…