Abbot's Chopped Chick'n now available as a protein option at Tocaya Organica.

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Food Service

Abbot’s Butcher Chopped Chick’n Added to Menus at All 20 Tocaya Modern Mexican Restaurants

Casual chain Tocaya Modern Mexican, a Mexican concept chain with over 20 locations in California and Arizona, launches plant-based Chopped Chick’n made by Abbot’s Butcher across all menus as a suggested protein pairing for many of Tocaya’s dishes as well as a protein option for any entrée. The product expansion means that Tocaya is the only restaurant to carry Abbot’s Butcher Chopped Chick’n in the Greater Los Angeles area, though the “Beef” and “Chorizo” are offered at independently owned restaurant menus including Chicas Tacos, Pizzanista, and Mohawk Bend. Tocaya’s chefs offer various suggestions for the plant protein such as the Tocaya Salad tossed with Chick’n and a spicy cilantro-lime dressing; Grilled Pineapple Al Pastor Bowl with Chick’n and cilantro-lime rice; and the Fajita Burrito with …

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Food Service

Abbot’s Butcher Partners With Dot Foods, Bringing Distribution Across Every US State

Orange County’s Abbot’s Butcher continues its trajectory of success, announcing it has secured a listing at North America’s largest food industry redistribution company Dot Foods, making its premium plant-based meats available to over 5,200 customers across all 50 US states.  Founded in 2017 by Kerry Song and starting life in farmers’ markets in Southern California, Abbot’s Butcher produces plant-based ground beef, chorizo, and chicken. The brand closed a Series A round in 2021 which featured actors Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, along with his entrepreneur wife Laura Harrelson. Ongoing success Since the 2021 raise, Abbot’s has enjoyed foodservice expansions including 70+ locations of Freebirds World Burrito and Protein Bar and Kitchen, as well as securing retail distribution at 1000+ Target stores and, just this month, …

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Abbot's Butcher plant-based Ground "Beef" and Chopped Chick'n available at Sprouts Farmers Market.

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Retail & E-Commerce

Abbot’s Butcher Launches Clean-Label Chorizo and Chopped Chick’n at US Sprouts Markets

Abbot’s Butcher, maker of clean-label plant-based proteins, announces the debut of its “Chorizo” and Chopped Chick’n in all 370 Sprouts Farmers Markets across the US.  The natural retailer will carry the products in its refrigerated case. Made with 100% whole food ingredients, Abbot’s Butcher’s proteins are free from soy, gluten, preservatives, natural and artificial flavors, canola oil, and the top nine allergens. The products are also Non-GMO Project Verified and the first plant-based meat line to receive Whole30 approval. “Launching with Sprouts is an incredibly exciting step for us,” said Founder & CEO Kerry Song. “There is an undeniable shift taking place in how consumers are thinking about their food, and they are actively seeking out food made with ingredients that truly nourish their bodies. …

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Abbot’s Butcher Partners with Chicago’s Protein Bar & Kitchen to Trial Plant-Based Chicken

Premium plant-based meat brand Abbot’s Butcher announces a new partnership with Protein Bar and Kitchen, a healthy fast-casual chain based in Chicago. Beginning July 6, Protein and Bar will feature Abbot’s Butcher Chopped Chick’n in its Vegan Goddess Salad Vegan Egg Roll Bowl as a limited-time trial at its Lincoln Park location. During the trial, which runs through July, customers can also order the Chopped Chick’n as a protein choice for any Protein Bar & Kitchen menu item. Made with Chopped Chick’n, The Vegan Goddess Salad also features plant-based feta, mushrooms, asparagus, carrots, green onions, and chickpeas, topped with green goddess dressing. The Vegan Egg Roll Bowl is a new, seasonal menu item made with Chopped Chick’n, kale, carrots, riced cauliflower, green onion, sesame seeds, …

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Meat- and Fish Alternatives

Abbot’s Butcher Makes Huge US Retail Expansion into Over 1,000 Target Stores

Abbot’s Butcher, producer of premium plant-based meats, announces a massive retail expansion into major US retail stores. The brand’s plant-based Chorizo is now available at 1,215 Target locations nationwide, while its entire product line is also expanding into 150+ locations of The Fresh Market and 73 Fresh Thyme groceries.  The announcement marks the largest retail growth by Abbot’s Butcher to date. Over the past year, the clean-label brand has experienced 700% sales growth in the natural channel and is projected to triple its growth in 2022. Made from non-GMO pea protein, Abbot’s Butcher products are created to offer healthier protein alternatives crafted from simple ingredients. Retailing for $7.99, its Ground “Beef”, Chorizo and Chopped Chick’n are free from soy, gluten, canola oil and artificial additives, …

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Society

Vegan Women Summit 2022 Returns to Inspire Rising Women Leaders

The Vegan Women Summit (VWS) is returning to Los Angeles on April 8 for a full-day conference with top women business leaders, scientists and activists working to build a more compassionate and sustainable world. The sold-out event’s hosts will include vegan artist and entrepreneur Dominique Side, founder and CEO of multiple innovative ventures such as Vgn Bae Music Studios and The Luxury Vegan.   Empowering rising leaders Founded by Jennifer Stojkovic, VWS is an organization that seeks to educate, inspire and empower women to bring greater compassion to their industry and careers. Through media and popular events, VWS says it is building a strong and inclusive community of ambitious female leaders. The organization’s work is supported by a diverse array of founders, investors, CEO’s, athletes, and …

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Fermentation

Leading Startups Gather at “Taste the Future” to Showcase the Best in Alt-Protein

On March 24th, over 100 guests from journalism, finance and the alt-protein industry gathered at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills for Taste the Future: an exclusive culinary experience showcasing some of the best innovations in animal-free protein. Organized by SOSV and Apeiron Investment Group, the event featured host appearances by Paul Wesley, Liam Payne and The Good Food Institute.  Eight food companies – Abbot’s Butcher, Grounded, Perfect Day, The Every Company, NotCo, Impossible Foods, Formo and California Cultured – representing plant-based, cultivated and fermented proteins, were present to offer unique dishes prepared by famed chef Matthew Kenney.  The menu’s signature entrees included:  Grounded Grilled Cheese on Sourdough Perfect Day Animal-Free Soft Cheese Ravioli Abbot’s Butcher Beef & Chorizo Tacos  Questlove’s Impossible Cheesesteak NotCo NotBurger …

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Company News

Whole30 Launches First Plant-Based Whole30, a Comprehensive Vegan Protocol

Whole30, a leading wellness brand, announces the launch of Plant-Based Whole30 – the company’s first vegan health reset program. Modeled on the Original Whole30 plan, the new program focuses on using plant-based proteins to achieve the benefits of the hugely popular Whole30 diet regimen.  Founded in 2009, Whole30 offers a structured food elimination and reintroduction plan centered around eating whole, unprocessed foods. Until recently, the program relied exclusively on meat and animal products as protein sources, rendering it impractical for vegan and vegetarian users.  On the new Plant-Based Whole30, participants avoid consuming alcohol, added sugars, grains, meat and animal fat during the 30-day elimination phase. Following that phase, participants begin to gradually reintroduce omitted food groups, one by one, to determine the body’s reaction to …

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Gastronomy & Food Service

Freebirds World Burrito Launching Abbot’s Butcher Vegan Chorizo in All Locations

Freebirds World Burrito has announced the chain is adding Abbot’s Butcher plant-based chorizo to its 70+ locations.   The burrito chain is offering the chorizo as an option for any of its customizable menu items, including the signature Freebirds monster and double monster burritos. The company is also adding Siete grain-free tortillas to accommodate gluten-free customers.  This is the second plant-based meat launch for the Austin, TX-based Freebirds. In 2018, the company added Beyond Meat’s Feisty Crumbles as a protein option in its burritos, tacos, nachos, bowls and salads.  Abbot’s Butcher chorizo is made using pea protein, smoked paprika, and spices, without soy, gluten, or artificial ingredients. Last year, Abbot’s Butcher products became the first plant-based meats to be approved by the Whole30 program, a certification …

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Food & Beverage

Abbot’s Butcher Selected as First Whole30 Approved Plant-Based Meat

Abbot’s Butcher, a leader in clean-label plant-based beef, chicken, and chorizo, announced the brand has become the first Whole30 Certified plant-based meat.  Whole30 is a popular health program that promotes eliminating certain foods – including dairy, added sugar, and grains – thought to contribute to inflammation and other chronic health issues. The Whole30 Approved label recognizes products that meet the organization’s strict standards for minimally-processed, nutritious foods made without synthetic chemicals.  Containing only pea protein, olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and spices, Abbot Butcher’s Ground “Beef” and Pork “Chorizo” became the first animal-free meat products to fully satisfy all of the program’s requirements.  Founded in Southern California in 2017, Abbot’s Butcher aims to lead the “next generation” of plant-based meats – products crafted from simple and …

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Investments & Finance

Actors and Activists Including Owen Wilson & Woody Harrelson Invest in California’s Abbot’s Butcher

Orange County premium plant-based meat producer Abbot’s Butcher has announced the closing of a successful Series A funding round. Joining the round were Hollywood actors Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, along with his entrepreneur wife Laura Harrelson.  “We are reframing the conversation around plant-based protein” The capital raise will be used to fuel foodservice growth, expand retail distribution and support new product development. Working with high quality, yet simple and nutrient-dense ingredients, Abbot’s Butcher is known for its Ground “Beef”, “Chorizo” and Chopped Chick’n products. The Series A Funding amount was not disclosed.  Woody Harrelson – a vegan for over 30 years – has invested wisely in the alt protein space before. The actor has previously invested in plant-based seafood brand Gathered Foods, makers of …

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Food & Beverage

Orange County’s Abbot’s Butcher Expands its Vegan Meats into 365 Sprouts Stores, Gains WBENC Certification

Abbot’s Butcher, the Orange County producer of premium plant-based meats, has announced the national launch of its Slow Roasted Chick’n, Savory Ground “Beef” and Spanish Smoked “Chorizo” into more than 360 Sprouts Farmers Markets stores. The popular vegan meat company has also this week earned its Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification.

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