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TIME says these 3 vegan meat inventions are the best of 2022

From plant-based steak to mushroom meat, vegan food innovations have had a great year according to TIME’s annual Top Inventions 2022 list. This year’s list shows 200 inventions in categories like consumer electronics, artificial intelligence, green energy, medical care, metaverse, and more.

Three vegan innovations dominated TIME’s Food & Drinks category. Beyond Meat’s new vegan steak made the cut and won TIME’s praise as a healthier alternative to its animal-based counterpart with a fibrous texture. “Beyond Steak is easy to imagine in burritos and stir-fries, or as a salad topping,” TIME describes the innovation.

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Two meats made from mushrooms were also on TIME’s Best Inventions list. First up, Denver-based Meati Foods got a nod for its vegan chicken cutlets made from mycelium (the root system of fungi). “The two cutlets, one breaded and the other unbreaded, look and taste amazing like real chicken, because they’re whole cuts of the naturally fibrous root, which Meati gently textures,” says TIME.

And finally, MyForest Foods earned a spot on TIME’s list for its flagship product: MyBacon, a vegan bacon that also harnesses the magical power of mycelium. The innovative vegan bacon made TIME’s list for its flavor, texture, short ingredient list, and ability to disrupt the pork bacon industry with its shorter production time.

In addition to the food category, TIME also tip their hats to Mattel’s Dr. Jane Goodall Barbie doll (a tribute to the famous primatologist and activist); Aether Diamonds (a vegan-certified jewelry company that makes diamonds from carbon emissions); and Hourglass Cosmetics (which launched a red lipstick made with a vegan alternative to carmine).

Beyond Meat’s vegan steak is top notch

Beyond Steak started hitting 5,000 Kroger and Walmart stores last month and has already been recognized by TIME. The new vegan meat comes in pan-fried nibs (or chunks) and is made with beans and wheat gluten.

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Beyond Meat may be best known for its Beyond Burger, but this new product helps it tap into another category of plant-based meat and furthers its mission to create a better food system. “Our innovative Beyond Steak embodies all aspects of our mission – to provide delicious, plant-based meats that are better for people and the planet,” a Beyond Meat spokesperson told VegNews. “So we couldn’t be more proud that TIME has recognized Beyond Steak as part of its 2022 Top Inventions for being ‘a healthier steak’ that truly delivers the taste and texture of traditional steak wedges.”

“With this honor coming at a time when Beyond Steak has been on the shelves for less than a month, it’s exciting to think about how many consumers still have the opportunity to try this amazing product for the first time – and how this award may inspire so many to do just that,” the Beyond Meat spokesperson says.

In addition to its new vegan steak, Beyond Meat is racing ahead with plant-based innovations. This week, the brand expanded its line of vegan chicken with two new options, Beyond Popcorn Chicken and Beyond Chicken Nuggets, which are also rolling out to 5,000 retailers.

Mushroom meat for the win

Both Meati Foods and MyForest Foods have harnessed the power of mycelium to create their timeless vegan innovations.

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Eco-innovator Eben Bayer founded MyForest Foods as the food arm of his company Ecovative, which innovates by providing mycelium-based solutions to sustainability issues such as plastic packaging. Bayer created MyBacon as a better alternative to pork bacon that can help meat eaters reduce their intake. The company is currently ramping up production of its mycelium-based bacon, which can be purchased at select retailers in New York and Massachusetts for the time being.

“MyForest Foods was founded with the vision of finding sustainable solutions to the impending climate crisis and resulting global food shortage,” Bayer told VegNews.

“We are honored that TIME has recognized this mission and our accomplishments for a well-nourished planet, and we are proud to be part of such an esteemed list of world changers and innovators,” Bayer said.

Denver-based Meati Foods is also working to market its vegan whole chicken fillets made from the root systems of fast-growing fungi. The company recently closed a $150 million Series C funding round and is rolling out its vegan meats on Sprouts Farmers Market nationwide. Today, his TIME-approved vegan chicken is on the menu at the Culver City Food Lab site of sweetgreens, the first vegan protein offered at the fast-casual chain.

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Meati also makes vegan steak fillets and seasoned carne asada steak using mycelium and aims to expand its retail and restaurant footprint to 8,000 locations by the end of 2023. to create impact worldwide,” Tyler Huggins, CEO and co-founder of Meati Foods, said in a statement.

“We set out to change the way people eat by democratizing access to delicious and exceptional food, and this honor validates Meati’s mission as we lead the way to healthier people and a healthier planet. health,” Huggins said.

In previous years, TIME recognized a number of vegan innovations in its annual lists, including vegan hits from Current Foods (then called Kuleana), Beyond Meat from Beyond Sausage, and Impossible Foods’ second version of its Impossible Burger. .

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