Beyond Meat partners with Aramark to include its delicious burgers, sausage, beyond crumbles and more to expand menu selections and provide the choices that meet individual lifestyle and dietary preferences on college campuses, hospitals, businesses, schools and ballparks nationwide.
Aramark data indicates that 60% of consumers want to reduce their meat consumption, with 33% identifying health, and 17% identifying weight management as motivators. In addition to offering guests more choices, developing more plant-based menu options aligns with Aramark’s efforts to accelerate climate-healthy menus that lower greenhouse gas emissions.
“The trick for us is to develop and offer unique meatless options that taste great and appeal to consumers who might want to try something new and those who follow plant-forward diets,” Heidi Hogan, Vice President of Product Development and Culinary Innovation at Aramark, said in a statement. “Early on, we understood that consumer preferences were driving a need for quality, plant-forward offerings, and our culinary team has been working with a broad range of plant-based products to create more enticing menu choices.”
The concepts Aramark is currently offering, or working to develop, with Beyond Meat products include:
Bowls– Aramark chefs are working to develop a Gumbo bowl for hospital menus using Beyond Sausage, which will be a part of its patient bowl pilot program.
Plates– The Twisted Beet, Aramark’s new plant-forward comfort food concept, offers a signature New Orleans-inspired plate, featuring “dirty grains” and greens topped with Beyond Sausage. Additional offerings include cauliflower mac and cheese and avocado kale salad.
Burgers– Aramark continues to develop exciting new Beyond Burger concepts for sports fans, including the Caribbean-inspired option at Minute Maid Park, in Houston, that includes black beans, avocado, pineapple and Sriracha.
Sausage & Brats– For most fans, a day at the ballpark isn’t complete without a hot dog. Aramark offers baseball fans Beyond Sausage topped with fried shallots at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, and also a Beyond Sausage Brat Original at a dedicated vegan stand at Citi Field, in Queens, NY.