Beyond Meat® is pushing forward with its expansion efforts in China with its latest product innovation: Beyond Pork™. Designed to deliver the sumptuous taste, juicy texture, and culinary versatility similar to traditional minced pork, Beyond Pork was created specifically for the Chinese market and is the next step forward in Beyond Meat's commitment to creating high-quality products that meet consumers’ demand for delicious, nutritious, and sustainable protein.
“We’re excited to launch Beyond Pork in China, marking a milestone for Beyond Meat as we are not only launching an entirely new product innovation, but our first plant-based meat product created specifically for the Chinese market,” said Candy Chan, China General Manager, Beyond Meat. “With Beyond Pork, Beyond Meat is providing even more delicious options for consumers to continue to eat their favorite dishes while enjoying the added nutritional and environmental benefits of plant-based meat. Beyond Pork’s exclusive debut in China furthers Beyond Meat’s commitment to this important market and its vision for plant-based meat to continue winning the hearts (and mouths) of Chinese consumers.”
The introduction of Beyond Pork follows the successful launches of the Beyond Burger® and Beyond Beef™ in mainland China and comes at a time when interest in plant-based meat is growing in China and around the world. According to the release, pork is the most popular meat in China and the country ranks among the highest pork consumption rates in the world, making the country an excellent location for the unveiling of Beyond Pork. The development of Beyond Pork was a global collaboration between dedicated Beyond Meat teams in Los Angeles and Shanghai. In addition, Beyond Meat conducted multiple sensory tests in China to get direct consumer feedback toward perfecting the product.
Minced pork is featured in many Chinese dishes, making China the perfect place for Beyond Pork to show off its potential. From dumplings and mapo tofu to zhajiang noodles and lion’s head meatballs, Beyond Pork delivers the meaty taste and texture that Chinese consumers crave, but with about 50 percent less saturated and total fat.
To celebrate the launch of Beyond Pork, Beyond Meat is partnering with five popular restaurants in Shanghai, one of China’s food capitals. The roster of partner restaurants features some of the hottest names in Shanghai’s food scene, including Egg, Moménti, Solo X, Tun Wang, and RAC.
“I was very impressed the first time I tried Beyond Pork; I even thought the chef must have actually used traditional animal pork mince by mistake. I think our fans are going to be very impressed when they try it—I bet they won’t even be able to tell the difference either,” said Simon Briens, Co-Founder of RAC restaurant.
At a special VIP launch event on November 17, each chef unveiled their dishes at the TX Huaihai Mall in Shanghai using Beyond Pork as they would animal-based minced pork.
For more information on the release as well as how the chefs utilized the new product, click here.
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