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posted by takyon on Friday January 04 2019, @01:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the flexitarians dept.

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Meatless 'Beyond Burgers' come to Carl's Jr. restaurants

The competition in lab-made veggie burgers is heating up. Beyond Meat has brought its burgers to more than 1,000 Carl's Jr. locations in the US, marking its Beyond's largest restaurant deal to date. Order a $6.29 Beyond Famous Star and you can eat a vegetarian (sorry vegans, there's American cheese) burg that tastes much like its conventional beef counterparts. You can also pay $2 to add a Beyond patty to other burgers on the menu. [...] You can already eat Impossible burgers of various sizes at White Castle, Hopdoddy, [and] Umami Burger

The veggie burgers won't be available at Hardee's (a nearly identical fast food chain operated by the same parent company). Sorry, "flexitarians".

Big Beef Prepares For Battle, As Interest Grows In Plant-Based And Lab-Grown Meats

The U.S. meat industry is gigantic, with roughly $200 billion a year in sales, and getting larger. But the industry faces emerging threats on two fronts: plant-based meat substitutes and actual meat grown in labs. Plant-based meat substitutes are a lot more, well, meaty than they used to be. They sear on the grill and even "bleed." They look, taste and feel in the mouth a lot like meat. Savannah Blevin, a server at Charlie Hooper's, an old-school bar and grill in Kansas City, Mo., says the vegetarian Impossible Burgers on the menu are popular with the meat-eating crowd. "I had a vegetarian actually turn it away, because it reminded them so much of meat, they sent it back," says Blevins. "It's delicious," she adds.

The industry that makes these products is taking off, growing 20 percent a year. "Business is booming," says Todd Boyman, co-founder of food company Hungry Planet. "We just can't keep up. We're actually having to expand our production facilities to keep up with the demand that's out there for this type of food."

[...] The meat industry is focused on shaping the regulatory environment for its new competitors, taking into account lessons learned from the rise of plant-based milks.

Previously: Would You Try Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger(s)?
Impossible Foods Just Raised $75 Million for Its Plant-based Burgers
Inside the Strange Science of the Fake Meat that 'Bleeds'
FDA Approves Impossible Burger "Heme" Ingredient; Still Wants to Regulate "Cultured Meat"

Related: U.S. Cattlemen's Association Wants an Official Definition of "Meat"
Missouri Regulates Use of the Word "Meat" by Food Producers

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday January 04 2019, @04:40PM (4 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday January 04 2019, @04:40PM (#782096) Journal

    Then don't buy it. But 5g/4oz is not a lot of carbs and unless you are choosing not to eat the bun the burger comes on, it does not make a big difference.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 04 2019, @05:13PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 04 2019, @05:13PM (#782111)

    Yes, it is wise to skip the bun.

    • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Saturday January 05 2019, @01:14AM (2 children)

      by stretch611 (6199) on Saturday January 05 2019, @01:14AM (#782340)

      So eat meat that really isn't meat.

      Then skip the bun to avoid a bunch of carbs.

      Forget about the cheese to avoid pissing off the vegans.

      DAMN!!! I'd rather eat my sneaker.
      BUT!!! my sneaker is leather and thats going to piss off more people because now we slaughter all these cattle just for shoes and comfortable chairs while letting the meat rot away.


      Now with 5 covid vaccine shots/boosters altering my DNA :P
      • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05 2019, @04:34AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05 2019, @04:34AM (#782400)

        I was saying just eat real meat since they added bad stuff (carbs) and removed good stuff (cholesterol) from the fake meat.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05 2019, @07:20AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05 2019, @07:20AM (#782432)

        Wow! You just make up a lot of non-existent problems, don't you.