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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (21)5/9/2019 8:24:34 PM
From: SI Ron (Soup Nazi)
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I watched a video last night on the history of the Big Mac. Its over 50 years old now. But it was not originally called the Big Mac. A lady working for a PR firm coined the name but her colleges scoffed at the name. After all other names failed they decided to go with the Big Mac and it took off. She received a very small fee for it and a plaque 20 years later. Thats the only credit she received.

I can't eat burgers as they have way to much sodium, in the bread, patty and sauce. Lots of people don't think bread is loaded with sodium but you will be surprised how much. I am on a 1000 mg low sodium diet.

A Big Mac has over 1000 mg of sodium. A Whopper has over 900 mg of Sodium.

The Impossible Burger at Burger King more sodium at 1,240 milligrams compared to 980 milligrams regular Whopper.

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From: SI Ron (Soup Nazi)5/11/2019 11:07:46 PM
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To: SI Ron (Soup Nazi) who wrote (22)5/13/2019 11:03:46 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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I knew about the sodium in fast food burgers, but not about the Impossible Foods burgers. Too bad, but still a great idea for those without a salt problem. I generally will not touch a salt shaker without wearing a pair of latex gloves.

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From: Glenn Petersen5/13/2019 3:16:04 PM
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Europe Sticks a Knife Into Vegan Meat The EU may ban plant-based products from using meaty names like burger

By Carol Ryan
The Wall Street Journal
Updated May 13, 2019 2:00 p.m. ET



Beyond Meat’s plant-based burger patties are appealing to a growing number of consumers. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News
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The European Union is trying to put vegetables back in their box.

The trading bloc’s agriculture committee wants to ban vegan food products from using terms such as burger and sausage on their labels. The logic is that consumers expect their burgers to be made of pork or beef and will be duped by plant-based pretenders.

More likely the region’s livestock industry smells danger. Meat-alternative products made by companies like Beyond Meat BYND 4.59% and Impossible Foods appeal to a growing number of consumers that want to cut down on meat. A high-profile report from the EAT-Lancet Commission warned that red-meat consumption needs to halve by 2050 to avoid serious health and environmental problems.

Whether or not consumers are fooled, vegan brands have found success in giving a meaty flavor to their marketing. Beyond Meat even puts its products in the meat aisles. It’s a smart way to preach to the unconverted and encourage so-called flexitarians to toss a veggie burger into their basket instead of a beef one.

The EU is being selective though. It hasn’t made a fuss over other food descriptions that aren’t strictly accurate, such as Christmas mince pies or coconut milk. Plant-based meat may be an oxymoron, but it’s safe to say consumers can tell the difference.

wsj.com

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (25)5/14/2019 12:50:34 PM
From: Ron
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Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods could be the Coke and Pepsi of alternative meat
barrons.com

I've only day traded BYND for now.

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To: Ron who wrote (26)5/16/2019 9:53:37 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods could be the Coke and Pepsi of alternative meat

Quite possible. Both companies have been able to raise huge sums of money.

Impossible Foods’ meatless burgers have made it a $2 billion company

Following Beyond Meat’s IPO, Impossible Foods says it has raised $300 million in its latest funding round.

By Kelsey Piper
Vox
May 13, 2019, 1:00pm EDT

An Impossible Burger. Impossible Foods
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Impossible Foods, the alternative meat company that makes the Impossible Burger, announced today that it has raised an additional $300 million to take plant-based meat mainstream. The new round of funding was first reported by Reuters.

It’s a big fundraising haul, one that reflects the intense investor demand right now for alternatives to conventional meat. The new round of funding values the company at $2 billion, insiders told Reuters.

Impossible Foods makes a meat-free burger that tastes and cooks a lot like meat. That’s due in part to the protein heme, which the company argues is what gives meat its distinctive flavor. Impossible Foods makes its own heme from yeast fermentation. With the release earlier this year of their new recipe, the Impossible Burger 2.0, many meat-eating customers have said they can’t tell the difference between the Impossible Burger and ground beef.

It’s been a good year so far for Impossible Foods and for its competitors in the meat alternatives space. In April, Burger King announced the launch of the Impossible Whopper, and after the new burger met with eager customers and good reviews, the company announced it will start offering it at every US location. Qdoba also announced that it will be offering Impossible meat at its 730 US restaurants after a successful trial in Michigan.

Impossible Foods’ fundraising announcement comes a week after a stunning IPO for its competitor, Beyond Meat, which offered its stock at $25 and is now trading at $70. “I think [the Beyond Meat] IPO indicates that retail investors along with retail consumers are ready for something better than the meat they’ve been eating for decades,” Impossible Foods CFO Lee told Reuters. He said, though, that Impossible Foods does not immediately intend to go public.

“We believe in self-reliance. Being ready to go public is a priority for the company because we need to be operating at the highest level of rigor,” Lee said to Reuters. “But we are not in a rush, nor are we announcing an IPO filing.”

Impossible Foods’ investors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Google Ventures, UBS, Horizons Ventures, Viking Global Investors, Temasek, Sailing Capital, and the Open Philanthropy Project.

The rise of plant-based foods is actually a big deal

There’s a lot wrong with our food system — from animal cruelty to antibiotic resistance to its contributions to climate change. But people really like meat, and efforts to curb these problems by convincing people to switch away from meat haven’t worked well. There are about as many vegans and vegetarians as there were 20 years ago.

That’s where plant-based meat alternatives can step in. Products like veggie burgers, fake chicken, soy milk, and almond milk are growing in popularity and market share — and even better, they’re getting tastier and harder to distinguish from animal products.

Impossible Foods makes its products with heme, a protein cultivated from soybean roots that is credited for lending the Impossible Burger its strikingly meaty flavor. Even people who eat meat are often happy to substitute an equally tasty alternative that’s better for the world.

Beyond Meat founder Ethan Brown told my colleague Sigal Samuel that 93 percent of consumers who buy Beyond Meat also buy animal meat — and he’s fine with that. It’s a sign these products, far from being a just-for-vegans eccentricity, are going mainstream.

Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown (no relation) told Vox the same thing in a 2017 interview, calling the vegetarian and vegan market “a complete waste in terms of our mission.” The company’s aim is to reduce meat consumption, and so selling food to vegetarians doesn’t advance that goal at all. The Impossible Burger only achieves its results for the planet when it’s sold to meat-eaters in the place of meat — and that’s who the company is targeting.

With the surge of consumer and restaurant interest in plant-based foods has come a surge in investment from titans of the meat industry. Last fall, Perdue Farms announced it was looking into its own plant-based products. Tyson Foods announced in February it was launching a plant-based product line. Since 2016, Tyson has also made investments in plant-based and lab-grown meat research and operations, putting money into the cell-based meat startups Memphis Meats and Future Meat Technologies Ltd. and in the plant-based meat startup Beyond Meat.

Of course, total investment in the plant-based meat sector remains a tiny fraction of investment in the conventional meat sector — and that will take a long time to change. Plant-based meat companies can’t produce enough burgers to displace much of the meat market yet, though that’s one of the things they are raising money to attempt to change.

It’ll probably be a long time before these alternatives can replicate the experience of a steak — though engineers are hard at work on it. In the meantime, they’re finding their niche with burgers and ground beef. Restaurants and consumers, going by the recent surge of interest, are increasingly getting on board. And investors look increasingly willing to bet on new meats.

vox.com

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From: Julius Wong5/18/2019 9:09:14 AM
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Brett Arends: I tried Beyond Meat’s burgers three times — here’s what I thought

marketwatch.com

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To: SI Ron (Soup Nazi) who wrote (13)5/19/2019 12:19:31 PM
From: Ron
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Just met several 'hard core vegans' who emptied the Whole Foods shelf of the Beyond Burgers.
They like them, the protein from the yellow peas is good, one said.
We tried them, compared them to good quality hamburgers and found them pretty good... but the
price was roughly three times the cost of the beef burgers. Local Burger Kings do not carry the
Impossible Burgers yet, although their employees are tired of being asked.

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To: Ron who wrote (29)5/19/2019 1:22:21 PM
From: SI Ron (Soup Nazi)
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The hard core vegans I debated with on YouTube are fanatics. After they find out these burgers were tested on rats, they will avoid it. Lots of these guys I debated with do not like the idea of a burger that is typically meat based, now veggie based. A burger is typically associated with beef.

The vegans I debated with will not kill insects, or any type of living creature. They will not eat honey as they do not like how the bees are cared for. They condone catch and release fishing because of the pain inflicted to the fish and the hook in its mouth. The vegans you say are hard core and not like the ones I ran into on YouTube.

See:
livekindly.com

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To: SI Ron (Soup Nazi) who wrote (30)5/19/2019 2:02:09 PM
From: Ron
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I'm sure those folks are out there. But then, what percentage of the population do you suppose they are?
I'm guessing very small.
veganbits.com

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