10 biggest players in the Plant-based Meat industry

What does come to your mind when you hear the word MEAT? Chicken, mutton, pork, beef, etc., or we can say animal or animal killing, right? But time has changed. We can get the taste and nutrition of animal meat from plants also. Yes, it is possible. These products are called plant-based meat or plant-based meat substitutes or plant-based meat alternatives or meatless meat. Animal meat is neither good for people nor good for the planet. So people are realizing that by shifting from animal meat to plant-based meat substitutes we can make a better world that would be sustainable and better for every animal. Below is the list of 10 big brands or companies which are revolutionizing the plant-based meat industry.

Beyond Meat

It is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat alternatives. The founder of the company believes that by shifting from animal to plant-based meat substitutes, we can positively impact the four major global issues: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources, and animal welfare.

COUNTRY: USA

FOUNDED: 2009

FOUNDER: Ethan Brown

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • BEYOND BURGER
  • BEYOND BEEF CRUMBLES
  • BEYOND SAUSAGE
  • BEYOND BEEF
  • BEYOND MEATBALLS

Website: https://www.beyondmeat.com/ 

Impossible Foods

Back in 2011, the company started with a simple question: “What makes meat taste like meat?” Then they figured out that Heme is what makes meat taste like meat. It’s an essential molecule found in every living plant and animal — most abundantly in animals – and something we’ve been eating and craving since the dawn of humanity. The company makes its plant-based heme via the fermentation process of genetically engineered yeast.

COUNTRY: USA

FOUNDED: 2011

FOUNDER: Patrick O’Reilly Brown (A Standford University Professor)

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • Impossible Burger
  • Impossible Pork
  • Impossible Sausage

Website: https://impossiblefoods.com/

Dr. Praeger’s

Dr. Praeger’s is an American company founded in 1994 with the mission to bring healthy and delicious frozen food to everyone.

The company launched the world’s first plant-based Turkey alternative burger brand called PERFECT TURK’Y BURGER in September 2020 which tastes like a turkey burger and gives the same type of experience as eating a turkey burger.

Website : https://drpraegers.com/

Field Roast

PARENT ORGANIZATION: Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (C ANADA)

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • CHEF’S SIGNATURE PLANT-BASED BURGER
  • FIELD & ROAST PLANT-BASED SAUSAGES
  • PLANT-BASED NUGGETS
  • CORN DOGS

Quorn 

The company uses mycoprotein as the main protein source in their meat substitute products which is high in fibre and low in saturated fat also. To make mycoprotein, the company uses a natural, nutritious fungus known as Fusarium venenatum that grows in the soil. According to the company producing mycoprotein requires 90% less land and water than producing some animal protein sources and thus it is a more sustainable and nutritious protein source for a growing global population

COUNTRY: UK

FOUNDED: 1985

Owner: Monde Nissin Corporation ( a Philippine-based company )

Website: https://www.quorn.co.uk/

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • Meat Free Sausages
  • Meat Free Nuggets
  • Meat Free Burgers

Gardein

This is a product line of meatless meat foods by Conagra Brands 

COUNTRY: Canada

FOUNDED: 2003

FOUNDER: Yves Potvin

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • BEEFLESS BURGER
  • PORKLESS BITES
  • ORANGE CRISPY CHIK’N
  • MEATLESS MEATBALLS
  • BEEFLESS GROUND
  • PLANT-BASED JERKY

Website: https://www.gardein.com/

Lightlife

This company produces vegan as well as vegetarian meat substitutes. Initially, when it was founded in 1979 the company used to produces tempeh. The company was acquired by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in 2017 for around $140 million. LightLife introduced a plant-based burger produced with textured pea protein, beet powder, and engineered yeast.

COUNTRY: USA

FOUNDED: 1979

OWNER: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • PLANT BASED BURGER
  • PLANT BASED GROUND
  • PLANT BASED SAUSAGES
  • PLANT BASED HOT DOGS
  • PLANT BASED TEMPEH
  • PLANT BASED BACON
  • PLANT BASED MEATBALLS
  • PLANT BASED DELI
  • PLANT BASED CHICKEN

Website: https://lightlife.com/

Sweet Earth

OWNER: Nestle

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • PLANT BASED SAUSAGES AND GROUNDS
  • PLANT BASED SEITAN
  • PLANT BASED CHICK’N
  • PLANT BASED DELI SLICES

Website: https://www.goodnes.com/sweet-earth/

Tofurky

It is a brand of Turtle Island Foods .

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • PLANT BASED SAUSAGES AND GROUNDS
  • PLANT BASED DOGS
  • PLANT BASED CHICK’N
  • PLANT BASED TEMPEH

Website: https://tofurky.com/

Kellogg’s

A multinational food manufacturing company. The company’s mission statement is “Nourishing families so they can flourish and thrive.”

COUNTRY: USA

FOUNDED: 1906

FOUNDER: Will Keith Kellogg

The company has two brands for plant based meat substitutes- MorningStar Farms® and Incogmeato™

MEAT SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS:

  • CHICK’N NUGGET
  • CORN DOG
  • Sausage
  • Chorizo crumbles
  • Buffalo wings
  • Bratwurst

Website: https://www.kelloggs.com/

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