Former Beyond Meat Chef Debuts New Vegan Bacon Chips

Dave Anderson—formerly employed by plant-based companies Beyond Meat and JUST—developed mushroom-based PIG OUT vegan bacon snacks, the flagship product of new vegan brand Outstanding Foods.

In June, new vegan brand Outstanding Foods will launch its first product, PIG OUT vegan bacon chips. The chips were formulated by David Anderson, one of the co-founders of food-technology company JUST (formerly Hampton Creek) and a former chef at vegan brand Beyond Meat. Anderson and serial entrepreneur Bill Glaser partnered to create PIG OUT, a product Glaser said improves on bacon-flavored vegan snacks currently available to consumers. “We want to make it easier for everyone to eat more plant-based foods,” Glaser told media outlet Foodnavigator-USA, “not because they are being preached at or judged but because they taste incredible. Dave has created a completely new category in snack food. We’re not asking anyone to give anything up because bacon chips don’t exist right now. It’s something new, and it [tastes] just like crispy, crunchy bacon.” The chips are made from a proprietary blend of mushrooms and spices that are processed through a patent-pending technology. Outstanding Foods raised $1.5 million in investment capital—which included investments from vegan celebrities such as Daniella Monet and Emily Deschanel—and plans to develop new plant-based foods that displace their animal-based counterparts. Similarly, Christie Lagally (former senior scientist at food-advocacy firm Good Food Institute) announced this month that her new company Seattle Food Tech secured a $1 million investment to bring its vegan chicken nuggets to school and hospital cafeterias by the end of the year.

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