Plant-based Meats

9 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Chris Kempczinski, Jano Cabrera, Cindy Goody, PhD, MBA, RD, LDN, Morgan Flatley, Linda VanGosen, Steve Easterbrook

It's Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)

My name is Kathy Freston. I'm an author of books like Clean Protein and The Book of Veganish, and some of you may have seen me talking about healthy living and conscious eating with Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz, or others on television or in print. I've been fortunate enough to reach millions of people with a positive message, and with this petition I’m hoping to bring a positive change to America with a mainstream meatless option at McDonald’s! Adding plant-based protein options at McDonald's will appeal to workers out for a quick lunch, families with health-conscious members out to dinner, children on field trips, and anyone looking for something different than the current menu at McDonald’s where even the french fries contain beef flavoring (they don't in Europe, incidentally)! According to a recent survey, more than one-third of Americans already buy meat substitutes for reasons that range from health to ethics! So why not make a meatless option available at one of America’s favorite restaurant chains for everyone to enjoy? Healthy living should be about progress, not perfection, and this is an easy step that McDonald’s could be taking. Sales of meat substitutes in the U.S. bring in over $553 million a year and visionaries like Bill Gates of Microsoft and Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter are helping fund some of the many meatless options in development for mass markets. Meanwhile competitors like Chipotle have new braised tofu Sofritas, Tropical Smoothie added vegan chicken strips, and Burger King has a veggie burger! That's not even getting into the fact that KFC has vegan chicken in Canada (really, try it!), Subway already has a veggie patty, and McDonald's Canada has veggie wraps!  We Americans love a protein center to our meal, so veggies and salads alone (or even in a wrap) won’t do the trick; we want something hearty and protein-centric just like the burgers and sandwiches you already have, only with something plant-based instead. In September, McDonald's partnered with President Bill Clinton (who improved his own health by eating plant-based foods) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to make some youth marketing improvements, but still left me and many members of the public wondering about people of all ages looking to lower cholesterol, reduce saturated fat intake, and cut calories. Offering an option that is completely without animal products is ideal, not only for those who don’t eat animal products for ethical reasons, but for those who are lactose intolerant or have egg allergies. Like many Americans, I’m over this "all or nothing" way of thinking by powerful decision makers in the government and in the corporate world. We need to work together to find positive ways to work towards common goals like eating healthier, farming sustainably, and treating animals with respect. In that spirit, one very simple step can come from fast food giant McDonald's adding a healthy, plant-based item to the menu in the United States. Truly, there can be something for everyone! Please sign my petition to support adding a healthy, meatless option at McDonald's.

Kathy Freston
231,946 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, Mario Omoss, Jim Klauer

Add vegan hot dog to the Costco food court menu

Shopping at Costco is an experience that many people look forward to, and the food court and its iconic menu items have historically been a big part of that. A giant slice of pizza, or the $1.50 hot dog/soda combo are meals that I've always looked forward to. But I've been vegan for 8 years, and meat-free for over a decade. Sorry, but when I feel like a hot dog or pizza, a salad is the last thing on my mind. Veganism is growing at an incredible pace, with millions of people opting to eat meat-free for animal rights reasons, the health benefits, or because meat production is unsustainable and is destroying our planet. IKEA recently unveiled a vegan hot dog that has been a huge success. Before that they added vegan Swedish Meatballs. The Impossible Whopper has been such a huge success that Burger King is now rolling it out nation-wide. KFC's recent test of vegan fried chicken by Beyond Meat shows exactly how high the demand is for animal-free versions of the foods we love. Costco is headquartered in the Seattle area, and it so happens that the best vegan hot dog (in my opinion) is also from a Seattle company. The Field Roast Frankfurter is one that I'd put at the top of the list if I were commissioned to pick a mass-market vegan hot dog that everybody would love. Costco already sells Field Roast sausages in a 12-pack, so presumably they already have a good relationship with Field Roast. But competition is heating up, and Beyond Meat's sausages are also very viable options. The future is vegan, it is critical for animals and it is critical for the environment. But veganism as a mainstream trend is relatively new, so we need to work together and tell companies exactly what products we want them to sell to us. Please sign my petition to add a vegan hot dog option to the Costco food court menu.

Clearly Veg
4,663 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Dunkin' Donuts, David Hoffman, Karen Raskopf, Jack Clare, David Mann, Kate Jaspon, Scott Murphy, Tony Weisman, John Varughese

Dunkin’ Donuts: The Time is Now to Offer Beyond Sausage!

As a teenager, I loved stopping by Dunkin’ Donuts before school to grab an iced coffee and a donut. But as my diet changed for animal welfare and the planet, I am no longer able to enjoy a Dunkin' breakfast treat. You can imagine my excitement when I heard they were considering adding a plant-based breakfast sausage to their menu. I would love to become a regular customer again if Dunkin’ were to follow Tim Hortons - Canada’s iconic coffee and breakfast chain - in offering the Beyond Breakfast Sausage at its national locations. Sign and share today to urge Dunkin’ to follow Tim Hortons in becoming the first U.S. chain to offer Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage. If Dunkin’ doesn’t launch a plant-based sausage, the breakfast chain will lose an enormous opportunity to join the massive plant-based meat trend. There is a large and growing consumer demand for the Beyond Sausage and Dunkin’ Donuts will fall behind the times if they do not offer plant-based options in a year when 39% of consumers in the United States say they are actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. The plant-based industry generates over $13 billion in sales annually throughout the US economy which is showcasing that people want change in the foodservice industry. Restaurants including Tim Hortons, TGI Fridays, Del Taco, Carl’s Jr, and BurgerFi are already offering Beyond Meat as a way to be plant-based accessible and tap into the growing demand and popularity of plant-based eating and even Burger King came out with a plant-based burger across national locations. The Beyond Sausage would also bring great financial gains to Dunkin’ Donuts. Beyond Meat shares have soared over 258% from their original IPO price and were worth 1.5 billion dollars in their market debut. Beyond Meat reports that their products are available in over 35,000 outlets and that sales have been growing fast - with revenue from 2018 at $87.9 million, an increase of $55.3 million from the previous year’s revenue. The time is now for Dunkin’ Donuts to join 2019 and offer the Beyond Sausage nationally!

Lana Weidgenant
19,514 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Hardee's, Ned Lyerly, Jeff Jenkins, Tom Brennan, John J. Dunion, Charles Jemley, Kerry Olson, Darla Morse, Cliff Drescher

Hardee's - Join 2019 and Offer the Plant-Based Beyond Burger!

I’m Alisha and I, like many other college students, often find myself looking for a quick meal on the go. I often pass by Hardee’s but this establishment does not offer food options that are accessible for me. The location I pass by fails to offer healthier options without animal cruelty involved. If Hardee’s followed Carl's Jr—it's west coast equivalent that piloted the Beyond Famous Star this year—in expanding the Beyond Burger to national locations, I would also be able to enjoy what many consumers are demanding in 2019. Sign and share to ask Hardee's to join Carl's Jr in launching a Beyond Meat burger.  The Beyond Burger would be a great financial investment for Hardee's. Beyond Meat recently went public with investments and raised nearly a quarter of a billion dollars while also soaring 163% from their original IPO (the biggest increase for a US company since 2000). There has been rapidly increasing consumer demand for the Beyond Burger and Hardee's is falling behind the times and missing a huge opportunity by not offering plant-based options. Restaurants including TGI Fridays, BurgerFi and A&W are offering Beyond Burgers as a way to be plant-based accessible and tap into the growing demand and popularity of plant-based eating. At A&W for instance, the Beyond Burger boosted yearly sales by 10% and sold out in several locations on the first day. Even Burger King has responded to the demand and nationally came out with a plant-based burger as of recent. Nowadays, more and more people are realizing the animal welfare, environmental, and health issues tied to meat consumption and are looking for greener and healthier versions of the meals they know. Hardee's has a great opportunity here and I believe that the business can seize this chance and do better.

Alisha Vavilakolanu
14,843 supporters