Food and agriculture company Cargill announced on February 24 they would be launching plant-based meat products in April 2020. The brand will offer both patty and ground products to retailers as restaurants as part of a larger plant to increase protein options to consumers.

Cargill has spent $7 billion in animal protein over the past five years, according to MarketWatch. Elizabeth Gutschenritter, managing director of Cargill’s alternative protein team, said in a statement, “Cargill has a strong history of providing high-quality protein products to customers. Producing plant-based products across our global supply chain is the logical next step to expanding our ability to meet consumer needs and bring new value to this category.”

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Brian Sikes, leader of Cargill’s global protein and salt business said the company is focused on helping customers meet rising demand for protein sources. The company estimates a 70% growth in global protein demand by 2050.

According to Reuters, the company will offer both soy and pea-protein based meat alternatives. Impossible Foods uses soy protein and Beyond Meat uses pea protein.

The plant-based market continues to grow as fast-food chains like Dunkin and KFC adopt plant-based meat products and more suppliers enter the space. Read more about plant-based meats in One Green Planet. Check out these articles:

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