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An IPO-Level Look at the Veggie Burger Sector

Beyond Meat, the maker of a vegetable protein meat alternative product, is preparing for an IPO. It will be offering 8.75 million shares at $19-21, which would raise $175 million at the mid-point price. The company’s cornerstone product is the Beyond Burger, which is now available at a number of fast food outlets and grocery retailers. According its S-1 filing with the SEC, Beyond Meat products are available at “approximately 30,000 points of distribution primarily in the United States.” The product has been launched in Canada and several other countries. The primary ingredient is pea protein; other vegetable-based alternative meat products are moving toward soy. According to AMS, this week dry yellow peas (unprocessed) w...

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