When you think Tyson Foods—the prolific producers of chicken, pork, and beef products—the word 'vegan' is the last thing that comes to mind. However, the brand's new investment in an up-and-coming, animal-friendly startup might change that. This week, the company announced that it had taken a 5 percent ownership stake in Beyond Meat, a buzzy meat alternative company that recently caught the eye of a bevy of high-profile investors.
The California-based startup, whose plant-based, vegan burger patty sold out in just one hour during its first release in a select number of Whole Foods stores, has garnered attention from carnivores and herbivores alike for its incredible resemblance to real meat. The patties have quickly grown a fan following.
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With such tremendous buzz has come big investments from the likes of Bill Gates, The Humane Society of the United States, and the venture-capital arm of General Mills, Fortune reports. Now Tyson, a brand beloved by meat eaters everywhere, is also getting in on the plant-based action with its own stake in the company.