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 Post subject: Beyond Meat on NPR
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:27 am 
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Anyone else hear this story? Sounds pretty cool!!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/0 ... real-thing

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I caught that yesterday, I'm definitely interested in trying it out!

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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12% of american families eat meat alternatives?? i am really surprised, that's much more than i would have thought.

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12% of american families eat meat alternatives?? i am really surprised, that's much more than i would have thought.


yeah that's a lot more than I expected as well. I wonder how they came to that number and if it includes people unknowingly eating something in a product that also contains meat (soy filler etc).

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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12% of american families eat meat alternatives?? i am really surprised, that's much more than i would have thought.


I know... I wonder how often those 12% eat meat alternatives, like once a year or once a month??

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 11:17 am 
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12% of american families eat meat alternatives?? i am really surprised, that's much more than i would have thought.

I've spotted Boca stuff and the like in a few freezers of totally omnivore households. Maybe people looking to try something new or a healthier alternative?

As for the NPR piece, I'm pretty excited for this product. Mark Bittman wrote a NY Times piece about it a few months back and was pretty convinced it could fool omnivores. And the fact that they are going to make the product around the same price range as regular chicken is especially cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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Cool! It's especially good to hear that it's gluten-free, because so many "fake meats" aren't.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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The latest VRG poll says that almost half of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. So 12% isn't surprising to me.

http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2011issue4 ... e4poll.php


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I think the price is the really great thing! Hopefully people will be more open to trying the 'chicken' because of it's affordability and taste. It'd be great if it gets popular enough to get into regular supermarkets!!

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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My parents' neighbors, who are generally typical meat and potatoes people, eat the Tofurky sausages. They tried them once and liked them, and figure that they're healthier than meat sausages. There are also a bunch of diet plans that encourage eating veggie burgers.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I've known some onmis who bought Boca Chik'n patties when they were on sale because they taste freakisly like the processed chicken patties. I think part of the draw was that they got to have the same texture and flavor without the mystery meat factor. I can see this fake chicken working if it's cheap because 1) cheap is good and 2) no hormones and other yuckiness people worry about for their kids.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I heard about this back when Bittman featured it, and I think it's awesome that a small company in Maryland is getting this much attention.

New vegan products are always exciting!


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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Tasted this at ThanksLiving up at Woodstock Sanctuary last October. Terry Romero was the chef and served it up with delicious stuffing and gravy. The vegans at the table felt compelled to double check that it was indeed not real chicken, it was that good. Can't wait till it comes to market. Try it, you won't be sorry.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I know a few omni families that like to use Morningstar crumbles in place of burger since it doesn't need to be cooked separately ahead of time.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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Drfood wrote:
Tasted this at ThanksLiving up at Woodstock Sanctuary last October. Terry Romero was the chef and served it up with delicious stuffing and gravy. The vegans at the table felt compelled to double check that it was indeed not real chicken, it was that good. Can't wait till it comes to market. Try it, you won't be sorry.


Wow, now you have really got me excited!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I have some Beyond meat at home, the pics I took with the iPod were horrible though, I will try to get good pics up soon. I gotta say its one of the most realistic meat substitutes ive ever had.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I have some Beyond meat at home, the pics I took with the iPod were horrible though, I will try to get good pics up soon. I gotta say its one of the most realistic meat substitutes ive ever had.



Did you get it at WF? I really like field roast.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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Their FB posted a picture of beyond meat at a WF display case and it was next to a bunch of real meat and it was priced at something like $10 a pound. This was a little disappointing to me because when I heard about this company, I thought one of their intentions was to make their product comparable to the price of real meat. Also, I make an effort to avoid the meat department in grocery stores. And who knows if it was prepared on a meaty surface or handled with meaty gloves. Kinda spoils my appetite.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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$10/lb? It's forking $14/lb for the chicken salad at the Berkeley whole foods. Which is completely outrageous especially in light of how cheap it is to make. But hopefully that's just whole foods screwing us and the unseasoned variety will be far cheaper.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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It probably was $14/lb. Something outrageous like that. We don't have it here in AZ, yet but there's no way in hell I'd pay that much for the stuff.

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I live near one of the health food stores in Maryland that sells it unseasoned, and when I bought it, I'm pretty sure it $9.99/lb. It came in containers that were about 1 pound each.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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yes I got it at Whole Foods, it was $7 per pound.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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Yeah, I thought the price was supposed to compete with meat. What is the price of chicken these days? At $7/lb I don't think I will be getting this very often.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I finally tried this and thought it was really good and the texture and taste were very authentic, it would fool chicken eaters for sure. But damn, it was really expensive! I probably went to a more expensive Whole Foods, it was in Mill Valley, but it was about $10/lb unseasoned and $14/lb for an already made chicken style salad. I only tried it because you could get a sandwich made with it for $7 and they put like half a $14 container of the salad on it which made it worth it for me. Hopefully they will make it more reasonable for the average consumer, otherwise it's yet another overly expensive vegan item that only a tiny percentage of people will be able to afford, and what's the point of that?.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat on NPR
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I keep meaning to go to WF to try it, but at that price, forget it.


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