Beyond vs. Impossible: Which Meatless Burger Will Conquer the Industry?

It looks like those bleeding veggie burgers are becoming more accessible to the masses.

Earlier this year, Foodable reported on how companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are disrupting the meat industry by offering alternative protein to consumers like never before— by catering to both carnivores and flexitarians.

This October, Fatburger, the California hamburger fast casual brand, announced it will begin serving the Impossible Burger in Southern California.

“Fatburger pioneered the development of the ‘better burger’ industry,” said Fatburger CEO Andrew Wiederhorn, in a press release. “Now we're pioneering menu development with the Impossible Burger, and are excited to offer it to our customers.”

Meanwhile, Beyond Burger recently made a deal with Sysco, the largest food distributor to thousands of restaurants, schools, hospitals and other outlets.

While Impossible Foods also aims to supply its scientifically-engineered, heme-bleeding, meat-tasting, plant-based burger to high-end restaurants around the country, Beyond Meat earned a spot on the menu of casual dining chain TGI Friday’s, not to mention it is selling its alternative burger directly to consumers through select grocery stores.

"Similar to how we've partnered with conventional grocery stores to bring The Beyond Burger to the meat aisle where everyday consumers shop for protein, we are thrilled to be a part of Sysco's Cutting Edge Solutions program to bring The Beyond Burger to menus alongside beef at thousands of mainstream restaurants nationwide" said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s CEO in a press release.

While Beyond Meat gets a boost in distribution, Impossible Foods’ founder and CEO, Patrick Brown, reveals his hopes to replace other foods besides just beef.

“We want to completely replace animals as a food production technology by 2035,” said Patrick Brown, who is also a Stanford biochemist, at a press briefing. “We are working on producing all foods that we get from animals.”

Can you imagine plant-based bacon, fish, or eggs that taste close to the real deal?

The news comes after the Impossible Foods opened its large-scale production facility in Oakland, Calif. earlier this year.

It is appropriate to mention, Beyond Meat has partnered-up with BurgerFi, a gourmet burger joint, to bring its plant-based patty to burger lovers visiting the chain’s many stores. This makes BurgerFi the first national fast casual brand to offer The Beyond Burger.


Whether people are eating more plant-based foods for health or ethical reasons, the trend is growing steadily. Although a world without meat seems far, far away in the future, it looks like this is the beginning of a world with plenty of more choices.