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· Media Release: Sodexo Launches New Impossible™ Burger Menu at more than 1,500 U.S. Locations
· Impossible Foods plans to roll out its popular plant-based burgers in grocery stores across the US
Sodexo Launches New Impossible™ Burger Menu at more than 1,500 U.S. Locations
via PRNewswire - Aug 08, 2019
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo , a food and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, will debut a new product line featuring the Impossible™ Burger, a burger made from plants that looks, cooks, and tastes like ground beef, at more than 1,500 U.S. retail locations. The newly created menu will launch on Aug. 19 with eight plant-based products, including a sausage muffin sandwich, sausage gravy and biscuits, steakhouse burger and creole burger at colleges, universities, healthcare and corporate services accounts.
Sodexo's decision to use and serve the Impossible™ Burger isn't just a result of the meat-alternative's award-winning taste and high consumer approval rating, but its environmental benefits. When compared alongside a traditional meat-based burger, the Impossible™ used 96 percent less land, 87 percent less water and 89 percent less GHG emissions, which helps to support Sodexo's commitment to a Better Tomorrow.
"Sodexo is committed to providing customers with more plant-forward and sustainable options as part of their diet," said Rob Morasco, senior director culinary development, Sodexo. "We are excited to expand our menu to include the Impossible™ Burger's flavorful blend, which will be featured in several new products this fall."
"We're really thrilled to see that Sodexo's culinary team is making unique and versatile dishes with the Impossible Burger," says Dana Worth, Head of Sales at Impossible Foods. "Our ambitious mission to reach meat eaters could not be done without the delicious offerings like their breakfast sausage and burger combinations, and we look forward to seeing how diners react to them."
The new Impossible™ product line is an example of Sodexo's "Love of Food," a consumer-centric approach that embraces fantastic food, healthy and balanced choices and culinary innovation among its team of global chefs. For more information, visit Sodexo USA.
About Impossible Foods:
Based in California's Silicon Valley, Impossible Foods makes delicious, nutritious meat and dairy products from plants — with a much smaller environmental footprint than meat from animals. The privately held company was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Stanford University and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Investors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, UBS, Viking Global Investors, Temasek, Sailing Capital, and Open Philanthropy Project.
About Sodexo - Universities
Sodexo provides food service, accommodations and facilities management services to over 700 universities, colleges and independent schools in the United States. With more than 50 years of experience, Sodexo focuses on improving the student experience through integrated services that promote and enhance quality of life.
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 100 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
Media Contact: Dasha Ross-Smith, Sodexo Inc., email@example.com or 202-695-0505.
Impossible Foods plans to roll out its popular plant-based burgers in grocery stores across the US
August 8, 2019
Impossible Foods plans to roll out its hugely-popular meatless burger, so far only available at restaurants, to US grocery store shelves in September.
The California-based startup announced the move on Wednesday after receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration to use soy leghemoglobin as a color additive – clearing a key hurdle in the company’s push to sell raw patties in stores.
The news comes as the company inked a major supply agreement with global veteran food production company OSI Group to ramp up supplies of its plant-based burgers.
The production announcement comes after months of shortages of the fake-meat patties.
They are so in-demand that Impossible Foods has been struggling since April to produce stock fast enough for its customers.
The shortages have been particularly acute as the company scored deals with big chains like White Castle and Burger King.
That’s despite Impossible Foods doubling employment at its 68,000-square-foot Oakland plant to 200 people over the last two months, making a record volume of burgers in June, and moving to three eight-hour shifts from two 12-hour shifts in July.
‘The demand is real, and we think it’s going to be sustained for a long time,’ said Impossible Foods President Dennis Woodside, a former mobile phone executive hired in March to help Impossible scale more quickly.
‘We hadn’t quite planned for the success that we had in the market.’
The Impossible Burger is sold at 10,000 restaurants worldwide, up from 5,000 at the beginning of the year.
OSI, an original supplier to McDonald’s and one of the world’s largest food producers, will immediately begin producing the soy-based burger at one of its Midwest plants and expand to other facilities soon.
Woodside says the meat processing company will help the Impossible double its production in the near term and quadruple it by the end of 2019.
OSI Group has 65 facilities in 17 countries.
‘We did a pretty exhaustive search around who would be the best partners to help us scale as well as bring expertise so that we can continue to deliver this delicious burger to consumers,’ Impossible Foods’ Sheetal Shah told FOX Business.
‘We are going to be able to significantly ramp up production,’ he said...