Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat substitutes founded in 2009 by CEO Ethan Brown.
The company received venture funding from Bill Gates, Biz Stone, the Humane Society and Tyson Foods. Beyond Meat began selling its chicken-free "chicken" products in Whole Foods across the US in April 2013. By 2014, it had developed a Beyond Beef product. The Beast Burger was available in February 2015. In May 2016, the Beyond Burger was the first plant-based burger to be sold alongside meat products in the grocery store. Beyond Sausage appeared nationwide in January 2018.
PETA named Beyond Meat as its company of the year for 2013, and Fast Company listed Beyond Meat as one of the most innovative companies in 2014.
In June 2018, Beyond Meat opened its second production facility in Columbia, Missouri, resulting in a three-fold increase of the company's manufacturing space. Beyond Meat also claimed to have 27,000 different points of distribution for their products in the United States. In July, the company was rolling out its products to 50 international markets, partnering with Tesco in the UK and A&W in Canada. [Source: Wikipedia]