About Beyond Meat
Beyond Meat was founded in 2009 by former clean energy executive Ethan Brown. Brown believed in a revolutionary product, a vegan meat substitute that actually resembles real meat. In the company’s early days, there were many doubts regarding whether or not the idea, let alone the company itself, would gain the traction it needed to succeed. In 2013, Brown had a meeting with none other than Bill Gates. Gates ended up investing an undisclosed amount into the promising young company. An avalanche ensued. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio were other big-name investors. Since then, the company has been highly successful, with share value rising 163% in 2019 and sales growing 69% in just one quarter of 2020.
Beyond Meat is more than just another food product. With the signature brand, the company has four main goals in mind: improving human health, positively impacting climate change, addressing global resource constraints, and improving animal welfare. Beyond Meat has already begun reaching these goals. A University of Michigan lifecycle analysis study showed that the environmental impact of the Beyond Burger compared to a regular 1/4 lb. U.S. beef burger is far less. The Beyond Burger uses less water, land, energy, and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Beyond Meat offers numerous products like the Beyond Burger, meatballs, sausage, beef crumbles, and more. Not only does Beyond Meat create all-vegan, environmentally friendly products, it supports and engages in research that advances its four main goals. It established a revolutionary plant-based diet initiative fund at Stanford University School of Medicine. The program “is designed to provide peer-reviewed, clinically-significant studies on the health implications of a plant-based diet, including plant-based meat, and will help to generate data to drive and inform Beyond Meat’s research and development.”
From rocky beginnings to celebrity investors, Beyond Meat has been an inventive, exciting endeavor in clean eating that’s not only proved itself as a sustainable meat alternative, but as a company that is on its way to great success.
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El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (866) 756-4112
Employer Type: Public
Founder, President, CEO, & Director: Ethan Brown
El Segundo, CA