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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

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To: SI Ron (Crazy Soup Man) 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 (Crazy Soup Man)
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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:
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To: SI Ron (Crazy Soup Man) 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.
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To: Julius Wong who wrote (28)5/19/2019 8:59:54 PM
From: zax
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I tried Beyond sausage tonight. My wife bought me some at Whole Foods.

It was just OK. It tasted sort of like sausage. But the distance between sort-of like sausage and like sausage is a big one. It was not very satisfying. I won't be buying this product again.

I have not tried any Impossible foods besides the Impossible burger, but at this point, and based only upon my experience of Impossible burger vs Beyond sausage, I would dare to say that Beyond is an also-ran.

I hear through the grape vine that Impossible Foods isn't interested in an IPO at this time - increasing production capacity is their only driver right now, and an IPO would result in a loss of too much control. It sounds like they are having no issues raising capital privately.

They are spending a lot of money to expand production capacity and open new production facilities. It is very hectic, they cannot yet scale output to meet demand.

Regards,

Zax

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To: zax who wrote (32)5/19/2019 9:40:04 PM
From: Julius Wong
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Thanks for sharing.

I'll wait for Improved products.

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To: Ron who wrote (29)5/20/2019 4:33:51 PM
From: Labrador
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I was going to buy them at whole foods, but when i saw them (they looked frozen over - with some ice on them), I didn't buy them. I thought that they'd have lower calories (I don't recall what the calorie count was).

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From: Ron5/21/2019 10:35:22 AM
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Here come 'Impossible Sausage Pizzas' at Little Caesar's
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From: zax5/23/2019 9:28:20 AM
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Impossible Foods’ rising empire of almost-meat
How a burger maker became a “platform.”

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This April Fools' Day, Impossible Foods was behind a prank video. Customers in a St Louis branch of Burger King were surreptitiously filmed eating the restaurant's flagship Whopper. First they rhapsodized about their love for beef. Then they were told they'd just eaten a plant-based Impossible Burger.
"It's made of fucking beef right here, you see that?" one customer told the camera -- expletive bleeped out -- peeling back his sandwich to reveal the monochrome disc beneath. "That's impossible. It tasted just like a Whopper should taste," said another. Cue close-ups of flames, blackened grills and fat-spitting patties.

The minute-long video announced Impossible's biggest partnership yet: a Burger King Whopper made of plant-based meat that sells for $1 more than a regular one. The deal is a stamp of approval from fast food royalty that will eventually insert Impossible's vegan patty right into mainstream America's daily dietary choices.

I've eaten Impossible meat in gua baos, salad bowls, Lebanese kafta and White Castle sliders. I'm mostly astounded at how plausibly generic it is, how unobtrusively it replaces the ketchup-and-plastic-cheese-smothered slice of gray that usually resides within a fast food bun. How enough heavy spicing or dousing in sauce could sneak an Impossible product past my taste buds, perhaps to be called out in a semi-viral moment of my own.

Tasted without accompaniments, the product has a convincing chew and toasty burnt edges but a hollow savoriness at the core. As a meat eater, I would not crave Impossible meat. If I craved a burger, though, this could go part of the way to satisfying the urge. Note that in the Burger King video, the customers' astoundment hits not when they taste the burger but when they realize they couldn't tell the difference.

This is what's revolutionary about Impossible's burger -- not that it's the best you've ever tasted but that finally there's a viable, inoffensive alternative for meat that you can find at a drive-through for less than $6.

In the trillion-dollar market for meat, inoffensive is a paradigm shift. Veggie burgers have existed in the US since the 1980s; mock meats made by Chinese Buddhists date back to the seventh century. But most meat proxies have historically either not tasted like the real thing or not aspired to.

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From: zax5/24/2019 11:20:49 AM
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Cultural Tree Huggers Push Impossible Foods To $2 Billion Valuation

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Plant based meat alternatives company Impossible Foods just got a huge cultural endorsement and money from Serena Williams, Jaden Smith, Trevor Noah and Jay-Z. In its latest funding round they picked up another $300 million from investors with a new valuation of $2 billion, as they aim to completely remove animals from the food system by 2035.

The Breakdown You Need to Know

Jay Z famously rapped “Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week” and he along with others figured out in short order how to get in on the vegetable-based faux meat companies movement. Impossible Foods has deals with big real meat restaurant chains, including Red Robin, White Castle and Burger King, and plans to launch in retail stores later this year.

It’s great that so many black cultural trendsetters are putting their money where the mouth is, especially with hypertension and heart disease so common within this community. CultureBanx reported nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease that includes heart disease, according to the CDC. The government group notes one of the ways to control these diseases is through a healthy diet, so perhaps plant based alternatives can help bring these numbers down in the black community.

Not only can companies like Impossible Foods have a positive impact on the health of African Amerians, its investors stand to make a lot of money. The Good Food Institute (GFI) reported investment in this space has reached $16 billion over the last decade. Also, supermarket sales of meat alternatives grew 19% to $878 million last year, according to Nielsen data. Even though sales of plant-based meat alone generated $684 million in 2018, it still pales in comparison to the $270 billion in annual U.S. meat industry sales.

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