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California Wants To Help Farmers Transition To Growing Plant-Based Crops With The Introduction Of The Smart Climate Agriculture Program

On Friday, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), along with cosponsors Social Compassion in Legislation and The Good Food Institute, introduced AB 1289, The Smart Climate Agriculture Program. Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) co-authored the bill which was created to support California farmers who want to transition from animal agriculture to plant-based agriculture.

Helping local farmers transition will solidify California’s position as a leader in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, creating jobs in a burgeoning industry, providing wholesome, sustainable food for its growing population, and helping to keep family farms in business.

“By providing our local farms with the tools and resources to transition to plant-based agriculture, farmers can play a greater role in combating climate change through sustainable practices, while helping the state become a leader in supplying and processing plant-based foods and products for our ever-growing population,” Assemblymember Kalra said in a statement sent to WAN. “I am proud to support family farms and author a historic piece of legislation to exemplify and further California’s values.”

Existing law already requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to oversee an environmental farming program to provide incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat. AB 1289 would establish the Smart Climate Agriculture Program, which would provide grants to small and mid-sized farmers to transition their lands from animal to plant-based agriculture. The bill would also provide technical assistance to those farmers, as well as develop best practices for transitioning the land. 

“AB 1289 gives a path to farmers looking for a way out from being under the control of other entities that often leaves them in debt and with no way out. This bill is voluntary, and it helps the farmers who want options,” stated Judie Mancuso, Founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation. “Not only does it help them, but it benefits all of society by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, providing more sustainable long term food sources, and making us less dependent on foreign sources for ingredients for the growing plant-based food industry.”

Small to mid-sized family farms that transition from livestock, dairy, or crop feed farming to plant-based agriculture will create job opportunities as market demand for plant-based products continues to grow. By keeping these farms in operation and diversifying the state’s working lands, the intention of this bill is to increase agricultural revenue and help California become a leader in supplying and processing plant-based foods and products. AB 1289 will also help the state adopt additional practices that will protect and preserve the environment and natural resources, especially as the population continues to grow. 

Sales of plant-based meat, eggs, and dairy products are predicted to soar in 2021—powered by investments in production and technology from private and public entities that view alternative protein as a safe, sustainable bet. 

“Consumer demand for plant-based foods is skyrocketing,” noted Jessica Almy, Director of Policy at The Good Food Institute which has reported that plant-based food in the U.S. reached $5 billion in 2019, up 11% from 2018, and having grown five times faster than total food sales. “AB 1289 supports farmers who want to meet this demand and put themselves at the center of an emerging, sustainable industry.”

California has already taken significant steps toward establishing policies and programs to preserve and protect the environment, combat climate change, and create sustainable jobs, and AB 1289 exemplifies all these Californian values.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! PepsiCo & Beyond Meat Partner To Launch ‘The PLANeT Partnership’ To Create New Plant-Based Protein Offerings

Today, PepsiCo, Inc. and Beyond Meat announced that they will form The PLANeT Partnership, LLC, a joint venture to develop, produce, and market innovative snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein. The joint venture will leverage Beyond Meat’s leading technology in plant-based protein development and PepsiCo’s world-class marketing and commercial capabilities to create and scale new snack and beverage options.

“We are thrilled to formally join forces with PepsiCo in The PLANeT Partnership, a joint venture that unites the tremendous depth and breadth of their distribution and marketing capabilities with our leading innovation in plant-based protein. We look forward to unlocking new categories and product lines that will inspire positive choices for both people and the planet,” Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO of Beyond Meat said in a statement. “PepsiCo represents the ideal partner for us in this exciting endeavor, one of global reach and importance.”

The new joint venture follows efforts by PepsiCo to help build a more sustainable food system. Among the key pillars of that effort are using positive ingredients; expanding the company’s portfolio of products that have been grown and made sustainably, through tools and techniques like regenerative agriculture, net water, and carbon-neutral production plants; making it easier for consumers focused on health and wellness to consume products on the go.

“Plant-based proteins represent an exciting growth opportunity for us, a new frontier in our efforts to build a more sustainable food system and be a positive force for people and the planet, while meeting consumer demand for an expanded portfolio of more nutritious products,” stated Ram Krishnan, PepsiCo’s Global Chief Commercial Officer, who recognized Beyond Meat as a cutting-edge innovator in this rapidly growing category.

Beyond Meat shares PepsiCo’s passion for creating products that are good for both people and the planet, using simple, plant-based ingredients, with no GMOs or bioengineered ingredients. The company believes that there is a better way to feed our future and that the positive choices we all make, no matter how small, can have a great impact on our personal health and the health of our environment.

While WAN and Peace 4 Animals were previously wary of promoting PepsiCo due to its former use of Conflict Palm Oil, in February 2020, the company notably pledged to no longer purchase palm oil from any direct or indirect supplier involved in deforestation over the last four years. A step in the right direction.

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Breaking! Veggie Grill Launches Más Veggies Taqueria In The United States; All Plant-Based Mexican Restaurant Featuring Beyond Meat

Más Veggies Taqueria, a new virtual concept by Veggie Grill, launched this week, marks the first national Mexican restaurant offering all plant-based and planet-friendly food for delivery only. The virtual taqueria features an innovative menu in partnership with plant-based leader Beyond Meat and offers a range of crave-worthy tacos, burritos, bowls, and nachos, made entirely without animal products.

“Meet the newest member of the Veggie Grill family, Más Veggies Taqueria. A plant-based taqueria that brings amazing, and conscious, Mexican food straight from our kitchens to your home,” notes a greeting on the Más Veggies Taqueria website. The new concept addresses the surging consumer demand for plant-based options and the current preference for convenient contactless delivery due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kajsa Alger, Veggie Grill’s VP of Food and Beverage and former Corporate Chef at Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants, helped Más Veggies Taqueria develop the creative menu that will be sure to satisfy those who crave Mexican food with a delicious, healthy, and sustainable twist. Menu offerings include: Crispy Poblano Chickin’, Shredded Jackfruit Chipotle Carnitas, Cauliflower Asada, Savory Tex-Mex Taco Meat, and Crispy Baja Fish in the form of tacos, burritos, nachos, and bowls.

“Veggie Grill is the industry leader in plant-based restaurants and Más Veggies Taqueria is a natural next step for us to advance plant-based eating nationwide and bring a new and exciting experience straight to people’s doorsteps,” T.K. Pillan, Veggie Grill’s Co-founder, said in a statement. Pillan explained that while more Americans are now being mindful of how they live, eat, and care for the planet, there is a lack of dedicated plant-based Mexican offerings. “As restaurants nationwide remain closed or are operating with drastically reduced seating capacity for safety reasons, Veggie Grill also seized the opportunity to explore alternative ways to reach these conscious foodies. The virtual Más Veggies Taqueria helps accelerate the plant-based movement while leveraging existing Veggie Grill kitchens nationwide.”

Partnering with popular delivery platforms including Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub, Más Veggies Taqueria will run a delivery-only operation out of all Veggie Grill kitchens for lunch and dinner service, seven days a week. The virtual restaurants have launched in Hollywood, Pasadena, and Long Beach, in California, as well as Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, New York, and in Downtown Seattle, Washington. Other locations throughout Southern California, Portland, and Seattle will follow at the end of January.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Taco Bell Goes ‘Beyond’ In New Partnership With Beyond Meat Bringing Plant-Based Options To The Fast-Food Chain In The United States

Taco Bell‘s CEO Mark King recently shared some delicious news for the new year in a video featuring King’s voice as a talking potato, teasing a new partnership with Beyond Meat.

In the video, King explains that Taco Bell had to simplify its menu last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating their signature potatoes, but they will be available again beginning on March 11th. King also teased that Taco Bell will be going “above and beyond” in the new year.

“Taco Bell chose to team up with Beyond Meat as a category leader with a proven track record of attracting younger customers with its irresistibly delicious plant-based offerings,” the restaurant explained in a statement. “Although Taco Bell has long been a destination for vegetarians, this will be the brand’s first foray into plant-based meat in the United States.”

According to Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s Global Chief Food Innovation Officer, this year, the brand will have more meatless options in store for vegans, vegetarians, veggie-curious, and even meat-eaters.

The new partnership is an expansion of Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum Brands, which has a working relationship with Beyond Meat. As reported by WAN in December of last year, Beyond Meat also worked with Pizza Hut, which became the first national pizza chain to bring a plant-based meat pizza to the masses with the nationwide launch of new Beyond Pan Pizzas.

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Breaking! Plant-Based JUST Egg Added To The Menu At More Than 500 Dicos Restaurants In China

Eat Just, Inc., a plant-based company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, just announced that Dicos, one of the leading fast-food chains in China, has added JUST Egg to its menu at over 500 locations.

The chain’s conventional egg patty will be replaced with JUST Egg’s pre-baked, folded egg, marking the first time a major quick service restaurant has swapped an animal-based product with a plant-based one across multiple menu offerings. The addition of a plant-based egg at one of China’s most popular restaurants signals growing consumer excitement and business momentum for delicious, healthier and more sustainable foods.

“We have witnessed the excitement consumers in China have for JUST Egg, all driven by a generational move to healthier, more sustainable foods,” Eat Just’s Co-Founder and CEO, Josh Tetrick, said in a statement. We are grateful to partner with Dicos on this global plant-based protein milestone.”

Dicos stores in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, as well as in Liaoning and Shandong provinces will introduce JUST Egg in three breakfast burgers, three bagel sandwiches, and a “western” breakfast plate.

To commemorate JUST Egg’s launch, the companies will leverage Weibo and WeChat in addition to Douyin and Kuaishou video-sharing platforms to build awareness and drive consumer trial through a series of breakfast “unboxing” videos featuring technology-oriented key opinion leaders.

“The introduction of JUST Egg at Dicos is a product and brand upgrade based on consumers’ increasing interest in nutrition, healthier diets, and environmental awareness. Adding JUST Egg to our core breakfast menu offerings will allow customers to experience JUST Egg in a variety of ways,” stated Dicos Chief Marketing Officer Xie Yahui. “We look forward to the consumer response and will plan future menu offerings around it.”

JUST Egg has been available in China since 2019 on popular e-commerce platforms like Alibaba-owned Tmall and JD.com, with growth of 70%. The product has also been sold in select brick-and-mortar retail and foodservice locations.

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Breaking! New York Is Latest State To Offer Plant-Based Options In Hospitals; Washington D.C. & California Have Passed Similar Legislation

New York State hospitals must now make a healthy plant-based option available to patients at every meal. The new rule went into effect this week, following a landmark bill that was signed into law last year.

Bill S1471A/A4072, introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, requires hospitals in New York to offer plant-based meals and snacks containing no animal products or by-products that are nutritionally equivalent to other menu items. The bill also requires hospitals to list the plant-based options on all written materials and menus.

“This law gives physicians a teachable moment to discuss with patients the power of a plant-based meal to help prevent and reverse conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity,” Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said in a statement.

The Physicians Committee, which supported the bill, is a member of a nonprofit coalition that offers support, resources, and hands-on trainings to help hospital culinary teams provide more plant-based meals.

The nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers who have diabetes and heart disease account for 40% of all deaths in New York State, according to the New York State Department of Health. In New York State, the leading COVID-19 comorbidities are high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Research shows that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans can help fight heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.

The American Medical Association has passed a Healthy Food Options in Hospitals resolution that calls on hospitals in the United States to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors by providing plant-based meals. The American College of Cardiology made the same recommendation in Planting a Seed: Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals.

Last year, the D.C. Council introduced the Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act of 2019, a bill that would require hospitals in Washington, D.C., to improve the nutritional quality of their menus by eliminating processed meat such as bacon and hot dogs and making plant-based options available. California passed similar legislation in 2018, which the Physicians Committee co-sponsored along with Social Compassion In Legislation.

The Physicians Committee’s Healthy Hospital Food web page provides quantity plant-based recipes, tips for implementing plant-based meals, and case studies of hospitals offering healthy food.

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Plant-Based Meats Are Becoming Mainstream As Nearly 1/4 Of Americans Are Now Consumers

Nearly one-fourth of U.S. consumers report eating plant-based meat, poultry, or seafood products, revealing that plant-based products are going mainstream and are no longer niche, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the new study Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Alternatives: Plant-Based & Cultured Cell-Based Types.

The report explains that more consumers than ever want to eat plant-based foods because:

  • They think products that come from plants are healthier.

  • Ongoing publication of news stories about animal abuse and poor conditions at industrial farms are causing people to think more about where their food is coming from and what impact it has on the world and animals being used. 

  • Concerns about climate change are leading consumers to question whether meat is part of a sustainable diet.

It is encouraging to understand and acknowledge the reasons why Americans want to eat more plant-based foods. It is especially notable that people worldwide are paying attention to the tragic yet critical news coverage of factory-farming and the impacts it has on climate change.

As per Packaged Facts’ August 2020 National Online Consumer Survey, 23% of consumers claim to eat any variety of plant-based meat products,” Jennifer Mapes-Christ, Packaged Facts’ food and beverage publisher, said in a statement. “There are opportunities to target this burgeoning minority of consumers who may be persuaded to use larger volumes of plant-based meat in their diets.

Throughout the report, historical sales of plant-based meat products are available for 2018 and 2019, as well as forecasts for 2020, 2024, and 2029.

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Powerful Billboards In Kansas Are Urging State Officials To Shut Down Slaughterhouses Infected With Coronavirus & Promote Plant-Based Alternatives

Two billboards addressing Kansas Governor Laura Kelly were launched on September 9th near the governor’s office at the state capitol. The billboards, which urge state officials to shut down slaughterhouses and promote a plant-based diet, were sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The billboards confront the governor with the message, “Governor Kelly: Can Kansas Switch to a Safer Food Supply Like Sunflowers Over Swine? PromotePlantProtein.org!”

Sunflowers are a profitable crop in Kansas and there are several facilities in western Kansas that process the seeds for oil, butter, and roasting.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also filed a complaint on September 8th with the head of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Lee Norman. The complaint stated that any slaughterhouses experiencing new coronavirus cases should be shut down immediately. The complaint argues that meatpacking facilities should be replaced with cleaner, safer facilities that produce plant-based protein.

The current public health emergency highlights the need to transition the food production system away from animal agriculture. This is especially urgent since meat products increase the risk of chronic diseases. Studies indicate that affordable, plant-based options can help people prevent and even reverse diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, among other conditions.

“The transition to plant-based protein is already underway, driven by consumer demand, but this health-promoting trend needs the support and assistance of government,” Susan Levin, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Education for Physicians Committee, said in a statement. “With incentives from the state, farmers could increase acreage of sunflowers, pinto beans, and other high-protein crops while decreasing livestock production.”

In response to the popularity of plant-based protein products, large meat processors are launching plant-based nuggets and other products. Meanwhile, facilities that produce traditional meat products have been hotspots for coronavirus infections.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reportedly stated that as of September 7th, there are nine active outbreaks associated with meatpacking facilities, accounting for over 2,000 cases.

By contrast, plant-based protein manufacturer, Impossible Foods, reports zero coronavirus cases at its facility in Oakland, California.

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Sabra Teams With Vegan Star Tabitha Brown To Help Families Provide Easy Plant-Based Recipes For ‘Snack To School’

Sabra, maker of America’s favorite hummus, is teaming up with TikTok sensation Tabitha Brown for ‘Snack to School,’ a quick, kid-friendly video series to help parents get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible this fall.  Brown will share simple, delicious, plant-based recipes, including family-favorites like Creamy Pasta with plant-based ‘Sausage,’ Chocolate Cinnamon Banana Toast and Flatbread Pizza.

Sabra Teams with Vegan TikTok Star Tabitha Brown to Help Families ‘Snack to School’

According to a recent survey conducted by One Poll in conjunction with Sabra, 74% of caregivers expect that this back to school season will be more chaotic than ever and (with new respect for school food service professionals) 64% of moms and dads complain that they are dreading becoming the ‘lunch lady’ at home again.

“I turned to plant-based foods to support my physical and mental health and hummus quickly became a family go-to,” said Tabitha Brown, actress and vegan foodie known as America’s Mom. “This school year is far from normal for many families, including my own. With love to all the caregivers out there with kids in virtual or physical school, I want to help everyone discover just how easy it is to enjoy delicious, plant-based snacks and meals at home!”

Tabitha Brown’s Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Toast

“Sabra recognizes that with many kids learning in a home or hybrid model, busy parents are concerned about providing a steady stream of healthier meals and snacks,” said Lauren Fuller, Head of Brand and Communications at Sabra. “We know many consumers are seeking to reduce sugar intake and boost feel-good, plant-based food consumption. Together, with caring and talented Tabitha, we’re hoping to support families through this tricky time, most deliciously.”

Brown, who rose to fame by serving up favorite plant-based recipes with a generous side of humor and heart, will take over Sabra’s social channels the week of September 8thDon’t miss her easy recipe breakdowns on Pinterest for even quicker snack hacking, or her TikTok channel for bonus tips and commentary. In a first for the brand, all ‘Snack to School’ content will be shoppable, allowing viewers to click and save ingredients to a cart and check out from a preferred online retailer.

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Beyond Meat Announces Historic Agreement To Bring Production Of Plant-Based Meat To China

Beyond Meat (Jiaxing) Food Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beyond Meat, has signed an agreement with Jiaxing Economic and Technological Development Zone (JXEDZ) to design and develop manufacturing facilities in the JXEDZ, including a state-of-the-art production facility to manufacture plant-based meat products including beef, pork, and chicken under the Beyond Meat brand in China. The production facilities will be located in the JXEDZ, a historic and commercially important development zone with ready access to Shanghai.

Beyond Meat will be the first multinational company focused solely on plant-based meat production to bring its own major production facility into China.

“Beyond Meat is building the perfect road to long term success in China. It has the confidence to set up dedicated, cutting edge production capacity via a wholly-owned subsidiary, located on the mainland close to Shanghai,” Micky Pant, Senior Advisor to Beyond Meat said in a statement. “The JXEDZ is a visionary and proactive partner with an excellent record in supporting the food industry.”

“China is one of the world’s largest markets for animal-based meat products, and potentially for plant-based meat,” stated Ethan Brown, CEO and Founder of Beyond Meat. “We are delighted and confident that after several months of productive and collaborative discussions, we will partner with the JXEDZ to develop two production facilities, including one of the world’s largest and technologically advanced plant-based meat factories. We are very impressed by the capabilities and vision of the JXEDZ and they are the ideal partner for us in this vitally important country and market.”

“We are very happy to welcome Beyond Meat to our Economic Development Zone and to China. It is our vision to support high-quality investors in starting their ventures in China, and we are aligned with the vision of Beyond Meat to bring new, high technology food products that are nutritious and environmentally friendly to the Chinese market,” noted Mr. SHENG, Director General of the Administrative Committee of the Jiaxing Economic and Technological Development Zone. “We look forward to a long relationship and mutually beneficial partnership with this dynamic new age company.”

Work is ongoing on the project, and trial production is expected to commence within months with full scale production in early 2021. China is expected to be one of the most important markets in the world for Beyond Meat, as a production and research and development center, and as a major market in the years to come.

As previously reported by WAN, Beyond Meat recently announced the company’s expansion in Europe with the official opening of the Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands.

The facility, owned and operated by Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat, will produce the plant-based Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage. The partnership is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of Beyond Meat’s products across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

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Moving Towards A Net-Zero Emissions Economy & Plant-Based Food Structure Could Generate 19 Million New Jobs In Latin America & The Caribbean By 2030

The report is “the first of its kind to highlight how shifting to healthier and more sustainable diets, which reduce meat and dairy consumption while increasing plant-based foods, would create jobs and reduce pressure on the region’s unique biodiversity.”

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