The Real Meat Act or Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully has gone to the United States House of Representatives and the Senate, but action is unlikely in this presidential election year. | File photo

U.S. beef sector focuses on plant-based product labels

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The push to more clearly label simulated meat products is a major policy thrust for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Real Meat Act or Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully has gone to the United States House of Representatives and the Senate, but action is unlikely in this presidential election year. The […] Read more

The industry has spent decades working on how to extract protein and other compounds from crops. The effort is now manifesting itself in the increasing supply of plant-based protein products, such as this burger patty made with black beans and canola protein powder, which was photographed last month at Burcon’s alternative meats protein lab in Winnipeg.  |   REUTERS/Shannon VanRaes photo

Plant-based protein craze is not an overnight sensation

Yup, this plant protein explosion shows how a new market can come out of nowhere and become an overnight success. That’s what tens of millions of consumers, food processors and providers everywhere are probably thinking right now as everybody rushes to fill their shelves, menus and fridges with plant protein sources. It’s the biggest thing […] Read more

Beyond Meat is one of the plant-protein based choices in the Canadian marketplace.  |  Paul Yanko photo

Plant protein needs products beyond bogus-burgers

Will the plant protein craze propel farmers into a better-balanced production system and safer markets? There are lots of reason to hope for that as many food industry experts say they see the present surge of interest in non-meat protein as a developing trend rather than a short-term food fad. If demand for pulse and […] Read more


Beef and pork consumption started declining in 1983 but has made a strong turnaround since 2014.  |  File photo

Meat safe from plant trend: analyst

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Increasing amounts of alternative protein sources are being sold in grocery stores amid great fanfare and intensive marketing. That might have meat producers pondering their futures. Plant-based competitors to meat, such as Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger, are in the market for the long-term and most people are likely to […] Read more

Plant-based proteins and meats cultured from animal cells in a laboratory are gaining more attention and Tyson spokesperson Justin Ransom argued these products may help feed a swelling global population expected to hit nine billion by 2050. | Reuters photo

U.S. meat company invests in alternative protein products

HOUSTON, Texas — Major meat companies including Tyson Foods are investing in alternative protein production. Plant-based proteins and meats cultured from animal cells in a laboratory are gaining more attention and Tyson spokesperson Justin Ransom argued these products may help feed a swelling global population expected to hit nine billion by 2050. “Unless you have […] Read more