Meat leader Tyson Foods makes bet on protein from plants


Tyson, the country’s largest meat processor, announced it is investing an undisclosed amount for a 5 percent stake in Beyond Meat, a company that makes “meats” from protein sources like peas and soy.

Tyson Foods appears to be the first big meat company to invest in a business that, among other things, aims to reduce consumption of chicken, beef and pork by replacing it with plant proteins.

Tyson, the country’s largest meat processor, announced Monday it is investing an undisclosed amount for a 5 percent stake in Beyond Meat, an El Segundo, Calif., company that makes “meats” from protein sources like peas and soy.

Beyond Meat this year began selling the Beyond Burger, a plant-protein burger sold fresh that sizzles and oozes fats while cooking on a griddle.

Whole Foods Market apparently finds it close enough to the real thing that…



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