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Beyond Meat Is Struggling, and the Plant-Based Meat Industry Worries


For a while, it seemed Beyond Meat was taking over the world.Its faux burgers and sausages were landing on dinner plates in homes throughout the United States and on the menu boards of chains like Subway, Carl’s Jr. and Starbucks. When the company went public in 2019, its shares skyrocketed as investors bet that the meatless movement was finally having its moment. During the pandemic, Beyond Meat’s grocery store sales surged as curious consumers tried its vegan options.But these days, Beyond Meat has lost some of its sizzle.Its stock has slumped nearly 83 percent in the past year. Sales, which the company had expected to rise as much as 33 percent this year, are now likely to show only minor growth. McDonald’s concluded a pilot of the McPlant burger — made with a Beyond Meat patty — this year with no plans to put it on the menu permanently.In late October, the company said it was laying off 200 people, or 19 percent of its work for …

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