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7-Eleven Canada Beyond Meat Pizza (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

7-Eleven adds Beyond Meat Pizza to menu

7-Eleven Canada Beyond Meat Pizza (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

7-Eleven Canada Beyond Meat Pizza (CNW Group/7-Eleven Canada)

Capitalizing on the latest culinary trend, 7-Eleven Canada is adding a Beyond Meat Pizza to its Hot to Go menu.

Packed with 100% plant-based Italian Sausage Crumbles, customers can now enjoy the Beyond Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pizza in select Urban Toronto 7-Eleven locations.

Canadians are shifting their food habits and attitudes towards more sustainable and humanitarian products.

“By expanding the fresh food assortment offered to our customers, we hope to provide options for every preference,” Doug Rosencrans, VP and general manager of 7-Eleven Canada, said in a release. “Beyond Meat has created excitement around plant-based protein alternatives and with the introduction of the Beyond Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pizza, we are providing our customers with what they want.”

Consumers can get it hot from the oven 24/7 in-store, or take it home to bake. Delivery is available from select stores by Foodora or Uber Eats.

“This partnership marks our entrance into the c-store category and an exciting opportunity to partner with one of the largest global brands,” said Chuck Muth, chief growth officer at Beyond Meat. “Accessibility is a top priority for us and 7-Eleven Canada locations, from urban to rural, are a prominent fixture in all communities.”

To promote its new Beyond Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pizza, 7-Eleven is offering free samples at select Urban Toronto stores every Monday and Friday between August 26th and September 13th.

Canada well positioned to benefit from non meat alternatives

Unknown-1The transition from animal meat to plant-based alternatives will unleash a new era of agricultural productivity and Canada is well-positioned to benefit, Beyond Meat founder Ethan Brown said last week.

The burger patties and sausages of the Californian company that are made from plant proteins have stormed the market, and even the stock market since the company’s listing last month on the Nasdaq composite.

Beyond Meat sells products made from peas, canola oil, mung beans and rice protein that contain no soy, gluten or genetically modified foods.

Brown took part in a discussion on “The Next Agri-Food Revolution” at the Montreal Conference of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.

In addition to the health benefits of his products, he believes that if water and farmland can be used to grow vegetables and other plant foods, the amount of food for human consumption will be exponential.

He pointed to a study indicating that a plant-based burger requires 99% less water and 93 per cent less arable land to produce, not to mention reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Canada can take advantage of this windfall, he said, citing the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where farmland is vast.

There are so many possibilities with the food products used by Beyond Meat, including yellow peas and mustard seeds.

“You have the ability to grow them in abundance,” said Brown, whose father teaches at the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at McGill University.

In Canada, the A&W fast food chain offers a hamburger containing a Beyond Meat patty, which is now available in many grocery stores.

Not wanting to be left behind, Tim Hortons has begun testing three new Beyond Meat lunch sandwiches and could distribute them across Canada by the end of the summer.